Illiana Safety System
Because we care for and desire to protect campers, Camp Illiana requires all staff members and volunteers to complete 4 SAFETY STEPS before placement.
STEP ONE: Sexual Abuse Awareness Training
Camp Illiana policies and procedures require that staff members and volunteers avoid abusive or neglectful behavior of any kind. Staff members and volunteers are required to report any policy violations to a Dean or a member of the Camp Illiana Safety Committee. Staff members and volunteers should have a basic understanding of the characteristics of sexual abusers, as well as “grooming behaviors” used by abusers to select and prepare a camper for sexual abuse. Grooming is the process used by an abuser to select a child, win the child’s trust (and the trust of the child’s care-giver or ‘gatekeeper’), manipulate the child into sexual activity and keep the child from disclosing the abuse.
To equip Camp Illiana staff members and volunteers with information necessary to recognize abuser characteristics and grooming behavior, Camp Illiana requires all staff members and volunteers to complete sexual abuse awareness training. This training will be renewed every two years.
STEP TWO: Screening Process
Staff members and volunteers are required to complete the Camp Illiana Screening Process, which requires a staff member or volunteer to:
Complete an Employment Application (employees only)
Complete the Safety Application, including a signed release (employees and volunteers)
Complete a face-to-face or telephone interview (employees and volunteers)
Provide references to be checked (employees and volunteers)
STEP THREE: Review Policies & Procedures
Staff members and volunteers are required to review the policies contained in this manual and sign the last page, indicating that he or she has read and understood the material, and agrees to comply with policy requirements.
STEP FOUR: Criminal Background Check
Camp Illiana requires that all staff members and volunteers undergo a criminal background check.