Camp Emmanuel Policies

Dress Code

While camping is by its nature informal, Christian modesty should be taken into account when packing for the week. Inappropriate clothing (i.e.: t-shirts with inappropriate logos, short-shorts, halter tops, no strapless, exposed midriffs, “skimpy clothing,” etc.) is not permitted.

Dress for daily church services is casual. Liturgy on Thursday requires church clothes – but they should be comfortable (i.e. no high heels or mini skirts). Please note that evening temperatures can be cool. Because participants will be involved in various activities, at least one pair of closed-toe shoes is required. The current camp facility does not have a pool, so no swimsuits are required.

Camper Social Networking Policy

In general, Camp Emmanuel views social networking sites (e.g. Facebook, Insta-gram, Snapchat, etc.), personal web sites and weblogs positively and respects the right of campers to use them as a medium of self-expression and peer interaction. If a camper chooses to identify himself or herself as a participant of Camp Emmanuel on such Internet venues, some readers of such web sites or blogs may view the camper as a representative or spokesperson of Camp Emmanuel. In light of this possibility, Camp Emmanuel requires that campers observe certain guidelines when referring to Camp Emmanuel, its programs or activities, its campers and/or staff, in a blog or on a web site. The following is adapted from the Antiochian Village summer camping program, Antiochian Orthodox Archdiocese of America:

1. Campers must be respectful in all internet postings (text, photos, video) and blogs related to, or referencing the camp, its facilitators, and other campers. Any messages, photos, or videos that are linked or tagged from “friends” and attached to your site(s) or profile(s) that are inappropriate should also be removed.

2. Campers must not use obscenities, profanity, or vulgar language. Campers must not use blogs or personal web sites to disparage Camp Emmanuel or any of its staff or camper participants.

3. Campers must not use blogs or personal web sites to harass, bully, or intimidate other campers or staff of Camp Emmanuel. Behaviors that constitute harassment and bullying include, but are not limited to, comments that are derogatory with respect to race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, or disability; sexually suggestive, humiliating, or demeaning comments; and threats to stalk, haze, or physically injure another person.

4. Campers must not use these venues to discuss engaging in conduct prohibited by camp policies and contrary to an Orthodox Christian lifestyle, including, but not limited to, the use of alcohol and drugs, sexual behavior, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Two-Strike Behavior Policy

In developing and implementing the Camp Emmanuel program, the Metropolis of Denver strives to create a nurturing Christian environment which respects its participants’ physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. At times certain behavioral issues arise among some campers that may disrupt the camp community. For this reason we have created a “Two Strike Policy” in regard to participant behavior. Participants in the Camp Emmanuel program are expected to conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the teachings of Orthodox Christianity. If an incident occurs in which a camper breaks camp guidelines or exhibits unacceptable behavior, they will be given a first warning and the matter will be discussed with camp administrators and clergy. Upon a second offense, the camper will be subject to removal from the camp. If this occurs the camper will be sent home immediately at their parents’ expense. Behaviors that are not acceptable (verbal or physical abuse, bullying, foul language, theft, etc.) are determined at the discretion of the Camp and Program Directors.