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Mass. AG announces agreement with residential summer camp

By Bryan Cohen | Mar 21, 2013

BOSTON (Legal Newsline) - Massachusetts Attorney General Martha Coakley announced an agreement Wednesday with a West Bridgewater-based organization that runs teenage programs to resolve allegations that some campers were verbally and physically abused.

Some African-American and Hispanic campers at Berwick Boys Foundation's residential summer camp were allegedly subjected to repeated physical and verbal harassment by other campers. Berwick runs programs for teenage boys throughout the year, including a six-week residential summer camp on Dyer Island in Maine.

Under the terms of the agreement, Berwick will make extensive policy changes related to its summer camp for teenage boys to address the allegations of racially-motivated bullying. The organization also committed to putting model policies into place to make programs safer and more enjoyable for all boys it serves.

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

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