Camp Rules

The Summer Academic and Youth Programs held at Bowling Green State University are exceptional educational events, which means that there is an expectation that all participants will dress and behave appropriately. Please keep in mind that you will be representing yourself, your school and Bowling Green State University.

Positive behavior is a key expectation for youth and adults in our programs. We expect appropriate behavior that is reflective of a safe and secure environment for all.

Participants are expected to follow all the workshops and event guidelines. Theft, vandalism, the use of illegal drugs and alcohol, inappropriate or threatening behavior that violates the rights of others and other such offenses are strictly prohibited, Anyone involved with these offenses will immediately be sent home at his or her own expense. Youth participants are not permitted to use tobacco in any form. If it is determined by BGSU faculty or staff that such behavior has occurred, BGSU Police will be called and parent/guardians will be notified to pick up their child. 

All participants should:

  • Actively involve themselves in all the sessions and attend the entire event.
  • Wear name badges so that they are visible at all times.
  •  Treat all areas of the camp facility (such as residence halls, buses, vans, meeting rooms, sleeping rooms, restrooms, dining area and outdoor areas) with respect. This means they should pick up after themselves. Repair costs for damage incurred to property will be billed to the group or individual responsible for such damages.
  •  Be responsible for your own belongings. Valuables, such as expensive jewelry and electronic devices, should be left at home. BGSU is not responsible for any lost or missing items.
  • Handle all equipment with care. Practice patience while working laboratory equipment.
  • Participants may not have visits from people not associated with the program. Participants are not to visit housing areas that are not assigned to them. Participants are not permitted in the housing areas assigned to members of the opposite sex.
  •  Inappropriate sexual behavior including intimate physical/sexual contact or such attempts is strictly forbidden, along with discrimination regarding political beliefs, marital status, family status or veteran status. Don’t use vulgar language (for example, swearing).
  • Participants are not allowed to use cameras and other digital recording devices during camp sessions and tours unless otherwise authorized. Additionally, it is prohibited to use devices where privacy is expected by participants (showers, restrooms, locker rooms, etc.).
  •  Observe the curfew. At 10:30 p.m., all participants must be in their assigned rooms for the night. Chaperones will do a room check each night at this time to account for each participant. Everyone should be quiet within his or her assigned room by 11:00 pm (participants wishing to go to sleep before 10:30 p.m. can let their chaperone know so they may be bed checked earlier).
  • Report accidents immediately to the program coordinator.


  •  Participants should dress appropriately for the activity. Unacceptable attire includes clothing that:
    • Exposes undergarments or excessively exposes the body (such as cropped, low-cut or extremely tight shirts, tube tops, short-shorts, excessively baggy or extreme low-rise pants).
    • Conveys a violent, offensive, obscene message or image.
    • Promotes use of an illegal substance.
  •  Shirts and shoes must be worn in eating areas.
  •   Daytime: Closed toed shoes and pants are required during all daytime activities. Appropriate length shorts are an acceptable form of pants (fingertip rule for length).
  •  Evenings and recreation: Casual clothes including t-shirts, jeans, sandals, flip-flops or sports clothes.