Summer Camp

When a child is in crisis, we as a community need to be there for them and their families to show support in any way we can. Zvi Gluck and the staff of Amudim are taking the lead in making sure that children and families who have already suffered so much feel that their cries are being heard.- Rabbi Yisroel Grossberg, Principal of Bnot Chaya Academy

summer safety

The relaxed atmosphere of summer camp can sometimes present a risk to the safety of our children.

As a parent, you are your child's best advocate. Call your child's camp today and check if they are participating in our program to have counselors educated about camp safety.

ASAP's Abuse Prevention free online training course* was created by leading experts with rabbincat guidance to inform counselors about the basics of personal boundaries, abuse prevention, and empathetic listening.

*Options available for those without Internet access.

For questions regarding the training. please contact Amudim

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646.517.0222

protect your children

— LEARN HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CHILDREN —

  • It is important for parents to know that the camp has policies and procedures in place to keep a child safe. Reach out to the camp administration and request that counselors get educated about camp safety and personal boundaries.
  • Because every child molester asks their victims to keep the abuse between the two of them. teach your child that it's never okay to keep a secret (unless it has an 'expiration' date, such as a surprise party) and that if someone touches their private parts they need to tell you or another adult (many camps forbid cell phones) immediately; and to keep telling until they get help.
  • Help your child identify individuals who they can reach out to. This list should include parents, the camp director and head counselor.
  • Clarify that speaking to a parent or authority figure is not an aveirah or lashon hara.
  • When speaking to a child about their anatomy. use specific names for their body parts. In a situation of suspected abuse this language will enable a child to explain what happened in a way that they will be understood.
  • Even if someone just makes them feel uncomfortable or creepy when they're nearby, they need to report it.
  • Make it clear that no matter what a child or adult may tell them, they will never get into trouble for reporting.
  • Teach your child that no one, not even someone in a position of power, a close relative, or peer has the right to touch him/her in a private area or in a way that makes him feel uncomfortable.
  • Let your child know that it is okay to say "No, get away."
  • Tell your child that he/she should not be afraid of threats from anyone who touches them inappropriately or threatens his wellbeing. Let your child know that you and the administration will protect him/her.

abuse suspicion

— WHAT TO DO IF YOU SUSPECT ABUSE —

  • Be alert for any changes in your child's behavior that could signal abuse such as sudden secretiveness, change in sleep patterns, bedwetting, withdrawal from activities or increased anxiety, avoidance of a specific individual for no apparent reason and reluctance to be in camp.
  • Support your child: Research shows that the single most important factor in a child's wellbeing after being abused is the steady emotional support of their parents. First and foremost, keep your true feelings hidden and remain calm and collected. It's the most courageous and kindest thing you can do for your child.
  • Make sure they know you believe them. Tell your child you believe them; children rarely lie about having been abused. Acting as though you might doubt your child will only compound the psychological damage sustained from having been abused.
  • Praise them for sharing. After your child has finished telling you what happened, praise them for confiding in you and let them know you realize it couldn't have been easy.
  • Explain to a child that the abuse is never, ever their fault.
  • Reach out for help and guidance for yourself and your family by contacting the appropriate o counseling center.