Counseling Staff Policies and Standards
Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and our camper families expect staff and faculty members to be positive role models and mentors who provide a fun, safe, pleasant, professional, and nurturing environment for our campers. To this end, Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp maintains extensive expectations and policies regarding professional conduct, including appearance standards, uniform regulations, and policies regulating personal behavior and the use of alcohol, drugs, social media, and interaction with co-workers and students. Staff and faculty members are expected to support and follow these policies. All Blue Lake employees must sign a code of conduct upon receipt of their contract. We suggest that you carefully consider these expectations, along with your personal commitment to them, before applying to work with us this summer.
Uniform and Appearance Standards
Blue Lake’s campus is a classroom, where employees, regardless of job, duty, or title, are always surrounded by students. An employee’s performance, actions, attitude, and appearance are direct reflections of the quality of Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp and its programs. Employees are therefore expected to maintain a professional appearance through attire, grooming, and hygiene at any time while working.
Employees are required to wear the Blue Lake uniform when working on campus, except when within their residential housing area. (One official uniform shirt is provided for free, and subsequent shirts and sweater are available at a discounted price. The remainder of the uniform is supplied by the employee). Body piercings (other than traditional ear piercings) and extreme non-natural hair colorings are not permitted. Body alteration or modification that detracts from a professional environment is prohibited. Examples include but are not limited to: tattoos, brands, body piercing (other than traditional ear piercing), tongue piercing or splitting, tooth filing, earlobe expansion, and disfiguring skin implants. Employees may maintain discreet spacers, retainers, or plugs in body piercings. Tattoos must be covered at all times.
Employees may not wear or display anything that represents themes of sexuality, drugs or alcohol, hate speech or groups, or any other references that may be considered offensive, harassing, or otherwise inappropriate for working with youth in an educational setting. Anything that does not promote a safe and inclusive environment or is contrary to the objective of creating an environment free from distractions will not be permitted.
Employee Cell Phone Policy
One of Blue Lake’s objectives in serving campers is to provide an isolated environment away from typical daily distractions, allowing students to focus on their arts experience. Therefore, campers are not permitted to bring cell phones to camp. While employees are permitted to use cell phones on campus, usage must remain limited, discrete, and in the spirit of the camp’s objectives with the student environment. Employee cell phones should always remain in silent mode or off, stored away from view, and may not be used during work times or when interacting with or around campers. Cell phone usage is limited to time off and breaks away from campers.