This manual, "Policies and Procedures for the Protection of Children and Youth Participating in Archdiocesan Camps and Retreats" is an expression of SCOBA's deep concern and special effort to address the wellbeing and spiritual welfare of children. Developed by the Archdiocesan Department of Youth and Young Adult Ministries at the direction of SCOBA, the manual was prepared in cooperation with professionals with expertise in training and prevention.
This is not a physical product - the links to all free downloadable files can be found under the 'attachments' tab.
In the spirit of prevention and protection, the Youth Protection Manual (YPM) was created to help clergy and laity charged with the task of selecting, training, and supervising those who work with young people at Archdiocese camps and retreats. Charged by the Holy Eparchial Synod and beginning in 2009, each camp and Metropolis retreat of the Greek Orthodox Archdiocese of America is mandated to utilize the YPM within their program.
The YPM serves not only to keep our children and youth safe, but also to protect the adults who serve them. The Archdiocese realizes that healthy relationships among people are at the foundation of Christian ministry, and as such, are central to the life of the Church. Defining healthy and safe relationships through our Youth Protection Manual is not meant, in any way, to undermine the strength and importance of personal interaction in our ministries. Rather, it is to assist in more clearly defining behaviors and practices that allow the church to more fully demonstrate its love and compassion for children and youth in sincere and genuine relationships.
The resource packet in the 'attachments' tab includes the following files in Microsoft Word format:
- CODE OF CONDUCT FOR CAMP/RETREAT STAFF
- NOTICE OF CONCERN
- SAMPLE STAFF APPLICATION AND STAFF RE-APPLICATION
- SAMPLE STAFF INTERVIEW
- SAMPLE CAMP STAFF LOUNGE POSTER (Edit to fit your specific camp and hang in your staff lounge)