KBIA Policies

Membership

We welcome everyone to join! In order to be eligible to register for KBIA classes for Weeks 2-8, you must be a KBIA member and pay the annual membership fee. One membership is required per family, which is defined as one or more generations living in the same household, with members of the younger generation being direct descendants of the older generation. Non-members are welcome to sign up for classes for Week 1 without paying a membership fee. For information, please review the Membership Form.

Class Registration & Participation

Classes fill quickly! KBIA processes memberships and class registrations as they’re received. All required forms must be complete to be processed. Returning all your required forms promptly will help you secure the classes and schedule you selected. Please return required forms by USPS first-class mail; do not leave required forms in the KBIA mailbox. Office registration, priority/overnight delivery and mail requiring a signature receipt are only accepted on-site during office hours beginning June 19, 2017.

Class & Safety Requirements

In order to attend classes, each child must be the specified age for their age group by June 15, 2017. Unless a child is enrolled in Adventures or the Bundled Class schedule, KBIA does not provide supervision of children outside of scheduled class time. KBIA has an open-campus policy. KBIA faculty and staff are not responsible for the supervision or accountability of children when they are not attending KBIA classes. KBIA assumes responsibilities for children once they arrive at class and for the duration of the class. At drop-off, parents or guardians can indicate to the class instructor the individual who is responsible for picking up the child or if the child is allowed to leave independently. Children arriving to class independently will be allowed to leave class independently.

Non-Discrimination Policy

KBIA is committed to supporting the goal of equal opportunity and does not discriminate based on race, color, sex, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, age, ancestry or national origin, status as a veteran, status as a whistleblower, or any other status protected by law in the hiring of counselors and staff or in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarships, and other camp-administered programs.

Parent Visits

KBIA has a beautiful campus, and we encourage you to enjoy the unique surroundings. Tables, chairs, and umbrellas are for your use. However, if you would like to visit your child’s "classroom," please contact the instructor or Executive Director to set up a convenient day and time. Sometimes parents drop in unannounced to chat with a teacher. While such practice may seem harmless and even friendly, it is often disruptive to the classroom routine. Under no circumstance should a teacher leave a class to have more than a cursory exchange, and under no circumstance should a parent initiate any kind of lengthy, intense, or negative interaction with a teacher, counselor, or counselor-in-training ("CIT") who is working with a class. Other than to drop off or pick up a child, please refrain from entering the docks, swimming pool, Adventures Tent, Smith House or classrooms in the Strong Cottage when camp is in session. Private boaters are not allowed to use our docks at any time.

Conduct and Values

We expect campers to show respect for and consideration of the feelings and welfare of others. Rules and discipline start with the premise, and with the firm belief, that self-esteem is the foundation that nurtures both respect for others and personal honesty. Trust is the cornerstone of our community. KBIA expects every member of its community, child and adult, to demonstrate concern for others. Therefore, we share and practice the following standards:

• We respect the dignity and individual needs of other human beings. No one, neither adult nor child, has the right to mistreat another  person. This includes name calling, ethnic, racial or gender-based slurs, bullying and inappropriate teasing;
• When we make decisions about personal and camp matters, we accept the consequences for those decisions;
• We respect KBIA’s property and the property of others; and
• We strive to serve and contribute to the welfare of KBIA, the Cove, Mother’s Beach and the Kennebunk Beach community.


Behavior and Discipline

KBIA is located next to the ocean, and many of our classes are on the water. Safety is of the utmost concern and we expect members of the KBIA community (children, counselors, staff, and parents) to abide by the following principles: care for self, care for others and care for one’s environment. We demonstrate these principles through the qualities of honesty, self-control, and responsibility.

A child who exhibits inappropriate behavior will discuss the matter with the instructor, and other students if required, and together make a decision about the appropriate consequence. Instructors help students to understand the boundaries of appropriate behavior and we ask parents to support these efforts by reinforcing them at home.

In the case of a serious infraction, or repeated offense, the Executive Director will become involved and contact the parents to set up a meeting. Suspension or even dismissal from the program may be necessary when other solutions are exhausted, or when a child’s behavior creates a dangerous environment or causes an undue disruption to KBIA operations. Such decisions are at the discretion of the Executive Director.


Employment of Counselors

KBIA offers employment to young men and women starting at age 15. Typically, these teenagers have been campers at KBIA and have participated in the CIT program during the previous two summers. The CIT curriculum covers topics such as the basics of employment (being accountable, responsible and diligent), customer service, and safety. Any counselor, whether they have matriculated in the CIT program or are direct new hires, are expected to demonstrate these skills.

If an issue should arise regarding the performance of an employee under the age of 18, the Executive Director will attempt to resolve the issue directly with the employee. The KBIA views these incidents as opportunities to learn and develop. Yet should the problem persist, or is a major problem, the Executive Director will reach out to the parents of employees under the age of 18 to enlist their assistance with the matter. If an employee is over the age of 18, parents will not be contacted.

 


Educational Accommodations Statement

KBIA is not a special-needs camp and is not equipped to provide individualized educational programs for students with severe physical, cognitive, or mental disabilities. KBIA will make reasonable accommodations for known disabilities to assist the camper in meeting the behavioral performance standards of the program.