My daughter E attended your Explorer 1 camp that ran from this past Sunday, June 10th, through Tuesday, June 12th.
During her stay there she was tormented by several of the girls in her cabin. BOBCAT.
When I arrived to pick her up Tuesday, she ran to me and immediately
broke down sobbing. Over the past 24 hrs she has told me several
stories of how most of the girls ganged up on her when no one was
looking and shoved her and pushed her over and over. Her friend (M
K) who went to camp with her, tried her best to stand up for
E. She also told me that E was not exaggerating about the way she
was treated. The counselors just did not SEE anything. How are your
girls trained? Are they prepped for this type of treatment?
I am bringing this to your attention because I don't think your
counselors are paying enough attention to the 'quiet' girls. There was
no bonding that took place here. Cliques were allowed to run wild.
I'm very discouraged and saddened that my daughter - who was SO
EXCITED to come to your camp - was treated this way at your camp.
Part of me wants to ask for a refund. NO child should go to camp and return home to their parents with this type of experience.
Needless to say, we will not be returning in the future to your
camp. I hope this will open your eyes to a problem that is occurring -
and probably not just to my daughter. Perhaps you could include
BULLYING to your counselors list of things to deal with. I was a
counselor at a camp one summer and I KNOW we were taught to recognize
the stronger girls and pair them with the quieter ones to help out.
I'm not trying to tell you how to do your job or how to run your
camp. I am just so very sad that my daughter was tormented there. This
is Christian behavior? I'm disgusted.