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
Employees at Blue Lake are expected to demonstrate professionalism and good judgment at all times related to personal appearance. No matter where you work or what your title is, anytime you are in a public area at camp, you are “in the classroom” and around our campers. Your attitude, performance, and appearance are direct reflections on the quality of our program. Please review the following Uniform and Appearance Standards before submitting your application.
- Staff and Faculty members are required to wear the Blue Lake uniform at all times except when within the housing area. (The official uniform shirt and sweater are available at a discounted price. The remainder of the uniform is supplied by the employee). Staff and Faculty members are also expected to maintain a professional, neat, and clean personal appearance. Extreme piercings, hair styles, or hair colorings that are considered distracting, or contrary to serving as a role model for youth, are not permitted. Tattoos must be discreetly and completely covered at all times.
- Intentional body alteration or modification for the purpose of achieving a visible, physical effect that disfigures, deforms or similarly detracts from a professional image 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. Jewelry, spacers, retainers, or plugs are not permitted in body piercings while working.
If you are ever in doubt about the appropriateness of your appearance, please keep in mind that anything that could be considered distracting or not in the best interest of serving as a role model 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 for Blue Lake employees is limited to time off and breaks away from campers.