Be respected forwho and what I am. I may be tall or short, young or old, skinny or heavy, athleticor non-athletic, quiet or boisterous, musically talented or not, but whatever Ilook like or like to do, I have the right to be myself and have others acceptme for who I am, provided I live up to the responsibilities outlined below.
“fail forward.” Sometimes we say that we all have the right to make mistakes, but it really is not a mistake if we really learn from it. I will sometimes fail, maybe in sports or in my relationships with others at camp, but no matter how I fail in the small things, I have the right to move forward and learn from those failures.This does not mean I can do anything I want to, I still have certain responses that I must live up to, but if I am really trying I may fail sometimes, and I have the right to do so without being shunned or teased.
Play. Camp UWP has a policy that says, “You can’t say I can’t play.” Even if I am not the best，the fastest, or the smartest, I have a right to play with you.
Be happy, sad, mad, lonely, excited, tired, frustrated, enthusiastic, or even a little grumpy.It is my response how I deal with those feelings, and how they affect others,but I have the right to feel them.
Be safe. I need to know that I am safe, physically, emotionally, and socially. Of course I understand that accidents might happen, but I have the right to feel that I will not be hurt on purpose.
Feel valued. There are a lot of places I could be other than camp, and I need to know that my presence here is important and that I am a valuable part of Camp UWP. Maybe I can do something no one else can do on the athletic field, stage, etc., maybe I am a good friend, whose talents are in caring about others and trying to do the right thing. Either way, I am valuable. Most of us are not super-talented performers, artists, or athletes, but we are important and valuable anyway. I am valuable, and no one should feel like they have the right to make me feel less valuable than I am.
Respect others. I understand that we all have differences, and differences do not mean better or worse, just different. I am better in some ways and worse in some ways, and it is my response to understand that and treat others like I would like to be treated.
Try. I may not always succeed. But I need to try. I will sometimes fail, but as long as that failure happens after an honest try, I will learn from it and let it make me better. I will try new activities, new ways of treating others, and new ways of treating myself, and if I fail, I hope others will accept my attempt, but I will at least know that I gave it my best shot.
Let others have the same chances I have. Whenever possible I will let others play, join a conversation, or join the group. I will try to share things whenever possible, but expect others not to take advantage of my sharing. If there is a good reason not to let someone join in, I will say so in a respectful and caring way. Of course I will not like everyone equally--- camp is a lot about making some close friends, but when someone who I do not know as well or like as much needs something, I will treat them with the same respect I would hope to get.
Feel whatever emotions I need to feel, but not to let that affect others in an inappropriate way. For instance, if I am angry, I do not have the right to say or do anything I want, and if I am excited I do not have the right to keep others awake or disturb their quiet time. When I am frustrated I will try to find ways to express or lose that frustration without hurting others. I will do my best to remember my responsibilities to others, even when I am really focused on myself.
Help take care of others. When people are trying new things, I have the responsibility to encourage, not to tease. When people make mistakes and fail, I have the responsibility to treat them with compassion, not to remind them of their failures every chance I get. I want others to be glad I am around, and not feel like I am inconsiderate of their feelings, property, or body. I will work to control my actions and reactions so that others feel safe.
Value others. As the fastest runner, best artist, most organized, most patient, best singer, or whatever my talents happen to be, I have the responsibility to respect the talents and value of others. I will try to make others feel as if they are important, in part because that makes them feel good about themselves, but mostly because they are important. Each of us has talents that when put together help us learn from each other and do more and better things than if we to do them by themselves. I will look for the value in others, while never forgetting my responsibility to also value myself.