Wood Rings

OUR VALUES

GROWTH

We know that becoming the best organization we can be requires a constant assessment of our program. Whether it's making our site more accessible, reaching more communities, or creating a more inclusive environment, we are always striving to grow.

 
Wood Rings

EQUITY,DIVErsity

& inclusioN goals

Work to understand how Camp Tamarack can better support underrepresented communities to build strong mutually beneficial and equitable partnerships with organizations and leaders from these communities in the future. 

 

Accessibility goals

OUR TEAM

WHAT WE'RE DOING

  • Staff education about child management and community development techniques

WHAT WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS

  • Reoccurring professional inclusivity training for staff

  • Staff recruitment and hiring of persons with exceptional needs

SCHOOL DISTRICT COLLABORATION

WHAT WE'RE DOING

  • Outdoor School Information Night for families

  • Meetings with teachers and student support teams prior to program to identify modifications and accommodations for students as needed

  • Communicate modifications and accommodations for students with on-site educational staff  

  • Implement IEP and 504 strategies identified for each student 

WHAT WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS

  • Creating an online Outdoor School Information Night

  • Facilitating pre-ODS inclusion meetings with each school district

  • Collaborating with families so they are aware of available accommodations

  • Support districts as they make placement decisions, modifications and accommodations for IEP and 504 plans

  • Invite district personnel to observe our program & site and advise us on additional tools or strategies we can implement

  • Create a list of individuals who can contract with Tamarack to help provide accommodations when school district cannot 

PROGRAM

WHAT WE'RE DOING

  • SNEED program

  • Working with Empowering Access to develop an accessibility evaluation

  • Communicate modifications and accommodations for students with on-site educational staff 

WHAT WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS

  • Outreach materials that communicate that participants with exceptional needs are valued

  • Create Field Study plan, Recreation plan and training for staff to create modifications and accommodations throughout programming

  • Sensory room available 

WHAT WE'RE WORKING TOWARDS

  • Building ramps to access camper and staff campers and shower facilities

  • Building ADA accessible pathways throughout cabin areas and trails

  • Designing ADA accessbile cabins

FACILITIES

WHAT WE'RE DOING

 

EDI POLICIES

LGTBQ+ STUDENTS

Camp Tamarack is committed to creating a learning and growth environment conducive to the overall development and social-emotional health and well-being of students. Gender diverse students often experience discrimination, harassment and implicit bias at school and in their lives. These experiences can send students the message that they do not belong. At Camp Tamarack, we make it clear: ALL students belong and are welcome.

At Camp Tamarack we support a student’s right to self-identify autonomously. During their time at Camp Tamarack students retain the right to use facilities corresponding with their gender identity as expressed or to have access to a private or single-use facility. Camp Tamarack has private, single-use bathrooms, changing, and showering facilities available for any students desiring increased privacy regardless of identity, expression, or background. Students that identify as a male will be placed in male cabins, students that identify as female will be placed in female cabins. Students that do not identify within the gender binary will be placed with male or female cabins according to their friend group or as assigned by their school counselor or guardian. 

Students are not required to disclose to Camp Tamarack their gender identity. Camp Tamarack will only know a student’s gender identity if the students or the student’s guardian provides that information. If a student or guardian chooses to share that information with Camp Tamarack, it is Camp Tamarack’s responsibility to keep that information confidential.

Camp Tamarack is committed to creating a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. All Camp Tamarack staff have received training to support gender diverse youth. This training is designed to promote inclusion for our staff. The training can not address every situation that may arise, but staff has been trained to be aware of best practices to address any situation and to actively create an inclusive environment.

STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES

Camp Tamarack works to honor Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 which states "No otherwise qualified individual with a disability in the United States . . . shall, solely by reason of their disability, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance . . . ." In order to honor Section 504 and to continue in a commitment to making Camp Tamarack a safe and nurturing learning space for ALL Camp Tamarack will work with any student and their educational team to provide the appropriate support to make Camp Tamarack an equitable learning space. Camp Tamarack will continue to work to improve accessibility to our site to ensure students of all abilities can be successful.

BULLYING

Camp Tamarack staff is committed to working with school teachers, administrative staff and program participants to ensure that our program remains a safe space free of physically, emotionally, verbally or otherwise harmful actions which are considered a hindrance to the well-being of the community at Camp Tamarack. Our staff and volunteers have been trained to create safe communities at Camp Tamarack and are practiced in deescalating interpersonal conflict. In our commitment to making Camp Tamarack a safe and inclusive learning and growing space for all students, Camp Tamarack’s bullying policy is in compliance with ORS 163.190. “Harassment, intimidation or bullying” means any act that substantially interferes with a student’s educational benefits, opportunities or performance, that takes place on or immediately adjacent to school grounds, at any school-sponsored activity, on school-provided transportation, at any official school bus stop, may be based on, but not limited to, the protected class status of a person or that has the effect of: 
       a. Physically harming a student or damaging a student’s property; 
       b. Knowingly placing a student in reasonable fear of physical harm to the student or damage to the student’s property; 
       c. Creating a hostile educational environment, including interfering with the psychological well being of a student.

STUDENT LANGUAGES

In an effort to continue creating a community at Camp Tamarack that supports the learning, exploration, and growth of all students, Camp Tamarack will work with students who speak a language other than English. While Camp Tamarack cannot guarantee that instruction or curriculum will be available in all languages, the staff and leadership at Camp Tamarack are dedicated to working with students,’ teachers and school districts to provide translation and language support while engaging lessons at Camp Tamarack.       

 

Frequently asked questions

Does Camp Tamarack train their staff to support gender diverse students?

Yes, Camp Tamarack staff and volunteers are trained with best practices on inclusion and continually undergo training to best support ALL students. Camp Tamarack staff have been trained to specifically support gender diverse, transgender, and gender nonconforming students during their time at camp. In each situation, Camp Tamarack staff refer to best practices with the intent of creating a safe and nurturing learning environment for all students.

If my child is gender nonconforming or transgender what bathroom will they use?

At Camp Tamarack we support a student’s right to self-identify autonomously. During their time at Camp Tamarack students retain the right to use facilities corresponding with their gender identity as expressed or to have access to a private or single-use facility. Camp Tamarack has private, single-use bathrooms, changing, and showering facilities available for any students desiring increased privacy regardless of identity, expression, or background.

Is it possible my child will be placed in a cabin with a gender nonconforming or transgender student?

Yes. At Camp Tamarack we respect the gender identity asserted by the student. Students that identify as a male will be placed in male cabins. Students that identify as female will be placed in female cabins. Students that do not identify within the gender binary will be placed with male or female cabins according to their friend group or as assigned by their school counselor or guardian. 

Will Camp Tamarack share confidential information about a student’s gender identity?

No. Students are not required to tell Camp Tamarack their gender identity or transgender status. Even if a student shares their gender identity or transgender status with Camp Tamarack, Camp Tamarack is not allowed to divulge this information in order to honor student privacy and state law.