Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Heard on NRPAnet: Returning Wandering Children

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Heard on NRPAnet: Returning Wandering Children

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What do you do when a child wanders off alone from camp? That was a topic recently on NRPA's listserv, NRPAnet. For information on how to join the discussion, select "NRPAnet" from the right-hand side of NRPA's "Web site (www.nrpa.org) or e-mail info@nrpa.org. Here are some of the responses to the wandering-child query:

"It's happened once or twice over the years. We instruct staff" to physically bring them and we immediately contact parents/guardians."

"We typically follow the child and guide them back. After that, we contact the parents. We have a three-strikes-and-you're-out policy. Immediate suspensions are issued for extreme situations (hitting an instructor, etc.). Each summer we have a few children who want to run. (This is usually associated with other behavior problems.) One summer We had one run all the way home. Our counselor followed and stood outside the house, called parents with cell phone, and waited until the parents arrived home from work. …

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