Rules and Regulations

Participation:
All JGs are expected to participate in all activities, unless they have a valid note from their parents saying otherwise. Refusal to participate may result in the child’s removal from the program. JGs should be on time, in full uniform, and prepared for a full day on the beach (i.e. – sand, sun, fog, cold weather, cold water, exercise, lectures, etc.) & JG’s names should be clearly written on all gear.

Sunscreen:
All JGs are required to apply sunscreen throughout the day. JGs may bring their own sunscreen or use the program’s. JGs who refuse to apply sunscreen will not be allowed to participate in activities.
 
Uniforms:
We require JGs to wear a uniform for team camaraderie and for safety. The uniforms allow the JG Instructors to safely monitor the Junior Guards and distinguish them from other children on the beach. Junior Guards must wear the required uniform in order to participate in the Program.
 
Behavior:
Examples of expected behaviors include but are not limited to:
- Respect of Instructors and other staff
- Respect of other students; no shoving, hitting or insulting
- Respect of the facilities, equipment and property of others
- Cooperation with others and good sportsmanship
- Following all safety rules and all instructions
- Listening quietly to directions and announcements
- Not being disruptive during program lessons and activities
- Actively participating in regular program activities
 
The JG Instructors are responsible for all Junior Lifeguards and will enforce all program policies. The goal of discipline is to maintain order and safety so that each participant has an equal opportunity to learn and enjoy themselves throughout the length of the program. Accomplishing this requires effort on the part of both the JGs and staff, and at times, parents/guardians. Junior lifeguards who do not follow the rules will be disciplined fairly and consistently. Conversely, good behavior and performance will be justly rewarded and positively reinforced.
 
Discipline Policy:
Any types of mildly aggressive, intrusive, or destructive actions towards fellow participants, staff members or equipment will result in:
 
1) Participant will be verbally warned, counseled about the situation, and given an explanation of what behavior change is expected.
 
2) Time-out (cool-off period), immediately after each incident for 2-5 minutes, depending on the incident. Extra, supervised physical exercise such as push-ups, sit-ups, or running, may be assigned at this time. At this time the participant will be given an explanation of the consequences for continued inappropriate behavior, and an informal behavior contract and plan for successful participation will be implemented.
 
3) Conference involving parent, participant, and staff that will include:
* discussion of incident
* explanation of discipline policy 
* formal behavior contract, completed and signed
* determine disciplinary support at home
 
4) May include suspension or expulsion depending on severity of behavior, as judged by the JG Instructor, Aquatic Assistant, and Aquatic Supervisor. Parent, participant and staff will review behavior contract as well as incident reports. There will be no refunds in the event of an expulsion.

Anti-Bullying PolicyBullying is when one or more people exclude, tease, taunt, gossip, hit, kick, or put down another person with the intent to hurt another. Bullying happens when a person or group of people want to have power over another and use their power to get their way, at the expense of someone else. Bullying can also happen through cyberspace: through the use of e-mails, text messaging, instant messaging, and other less direct methods. This type of bullying can also lead to persons being hurt during or between the camp seasons and be especially hurtful when persons are targeted with meanness and exclusion.

At Junior Lifeguards, bullying is inexcusable.

Our program’s philosophy is based on our mission statement which ensures that every camper has the opportunity to learn skills that will benefit their community such as teamwork and personal safety. We work together as a team to ensure that campers gain self-confidence, make new friends, and go home with great memories.Unfortunately, persons who are bullied may not have the same potential to get the most out of their camp experience. Our instructors address all incidents of bullying seriously and are trained to promote communication so both staff and campers will be comfortable alerting us to any problems during their camp experience. Every person has the right to expect to have the best possible experience at Junior Lifeguards, and by working together as a team to identify and manage bullying, we can help ensure that all campers and staff have a great summer at Junior Lifeguards.

 

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