Health and Safety Statement for Campers

The Sufi Invocation expresses the intention of Northwest Sufi Camp (NWSC). We open our hearts; we awaken new energies; we move toward the vision described in the Invocation. We must be able to evolve in an atmosphere of safety. This includes physical safety, emotional safety, spiritual safety, and an individual’s right to set boundaries that are respected.

The NWSC Board acknowledges that Camp is made up of a collection of human beings living together for a week in close quarters, and that minor conflicts and annoyances will happen, as well as in some cases more serious harm. Campers are here to feel deeply, and are not immune to the conditions of being human and to the conditions of the world we inhabit. During Camp, feelings and sensitivities can be heightened. Although incidences are rare, the Health and Safety Committee is in place to help camp and individuals navigate and respond to these challenges. We ask everyone to proceed in the spirit of respect for the process of opening and vulnerability that can happen for yourself and others and, We remind campers that NWSC is a living community where all participants share responsibility for the wellbeing of the community.

In order to promote the safety of all participants, the NWSC Board has developed the following guidelines for the wellbeing of the camp as a whole. In alignment with the Sufi Invocation, NWSC Camp also often provides opportunities to work with the ego nature (nafs). The Board believes that when participants are reminded of their role in creating the camp atmosphere, that behavior will be appropriate. The Board’s responsibility is to hold the post for these shared agreements and provide a means of accountability. However, there are specific behaviors that will not be tolerated:

  • Sexual coercion, harassment, abuse, or violence
  • Emotional or verbal harm
  • Physical aggression, violence, or harm to persons or property

The Northwest Sufi Camp Board has established a Health and Safety Committee, whose membership is announced at the opening of camp, and periodically during camp. Any participant who feels unsafe for any reason is encouraged to speak to the Camp Nurse, Camp Manager, Camp Counselor, any member of the Health and Safety Committee or one of the teaching staff. The Committee will review the situation with the involved parties and determine appropriate action. Our goal is always to work with campers and staff to resolve a situation before it becomes a major problem.

We recognize children and teens hold a unique position in the camp and we have tailored health and safety presentations for them and their guardians that are part of the mandatory meetings held at the beginning of camp.

We ask for your support in creating a camp atmosphere where every individual is free to grow and awaken without fear for their safety.