For Immediate Release - March 20, 2013

Summer Camp to Implement New Policies to Prevent Bullying

Changes at Berwick Boys Foundation Result of Investigation into Allegations of Harassment

BOSTON – A West Bridgewater-based organization has agreed to make extensive policy changes related to its annual summer camp for teenage boys to address allegations of racially-motivated bullying by campers, Attorney General Martha Coakley announced today. 

The changes resolve allegations that some African-American and Hispanic campers at Berwick Boys Foundation’s (Berwick) residential summer camp were subjected to repeated verbal and physical harassment by other campers. Founded in 1949, Berwick runs programs for teenage boys year-round, including a six-week residential summer camp on Dyer Island in Maine. Berwick cooperated with the Attorney General’s Office throughout its investigation, and has committed to implementing model policies to make its programs safer and more enjoyable for all of the boys its serves.

As part of an agreement with the AG’s office, Berwick will reimburse camp fees and issue a written apology to two of its former campers.  Berwick will also retain a professional consultant to assist in developing a comprehensive supervision plan and a training curriculum for its campers and staff.

This matter was handled by Assistant Attorney General Genevieve C. Nadeau and Erika Rickard of AG Coakley’s Civil Rights Division.

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