MSC Code of Ethics

The Maine Youth Camping Foundation, Inc. dba Maine Summer Camps, is a charitable not-for-profit educational corporation chartered in the State of Maine. Contributions to the Association are tax deductible under the provisions of Section 501 (c) 3 of the Federal Internal Revenue Service Code.

The members of the Maine Summer Camps recognize and support the concept that custody of others’ lives and welfare as well as the earth and its living things calls for reverence for such life, and a dedication and commitment that must be essentially moral in nature.

All members therefore agree to:

  • Recognize and support the concept of an ecological conscience; that a thing is right when it tends to preserve the integrity, stability and beauty of the biotic community.
  • Recognize and support the concept that a Camp is necessarily a total community within society, with significant impact upon its inhabitants’ capacity to learn, grow, develop, create, assimilate values and relate to other persons and the earth.
  • Accept, respect and will be responsive to the rich human diversity of our society.

In addition, each camp member – in recognition of these concepts – agrees to abide by the following statements. Since the foundation has determined that the camp director is the primary person responsible for actual camping practices, each camp member also shall require persons assuming this responsibility in their camps to abide by the following statements.

  1. I shall be truthful and fair in representing my Camp and other Camps by whatever medium of communication.
  2. I shall be truthful and fair in enrolling campers and in my relationship with campers and staff.
  3. I shall provide a written enrollment policy for all camper applications including fees, payment schedules, discounts, dates of arrival and departure together with a clearly stated refund policy.
  4. I shall inform parents or guardians of my procedures for promptly notifying them in the event their child is hospitalized or suffer accident or illness.
  5. I shall maintain in professional confidence camper and staff information, observations or evaluations.
  6. I shall promptly consult with parents or guardians as to the advisability of removing a child from Camp should it be clear that the child is not benefiting from the Camp experience.
  7. I shall refrain from actively recruiting any camper or staff member known to be currently enrolled or employed at another Camp.
  8. I shall provide each staff member with a written job description and contract including period and terms of employment.
  9. I shall be truthful and fair in dealing with other Camps in representing the Camping Movement.
  10. I shall strive to be responsive and sensitive to the local community influenced by the presence of my Camp.
  11. I shall honor my financial commitments to parents, staff, vendors and others.

All members agree to abide by this Code of Ethics of the Maine Summer Camps, with the procedures for the resolution of any disputes under such code, and with any final decision under such procedures.


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