Being at Trackside is a privilege, not a right. Trackside’s visitors are expected to help take care of the building, its equipment, and the people in it. Taking, damaging or destroying Trackside’s property or behaving inappropriately will result in loss of privileges that may include a suspension. It is up to all Trackside visitors to ensure the center remains clean, safe and welcoming to all.
Participation in Trackside programs, events and drop-in hours is open to all youth, who are currently in grades 6 through 12 in Wilton public or private schools or reside in Wilton, CT. Select, events and camps may extend to youth in grades 6 through 12 in surrounding towns and school districts. There is no membership fee, though we may charge fees for select programs, events, field trips and special activities.
The staff at Trackside Teen Center of Wilton reserves the right to refuse participation and access to those who have a criminal history of endangerment to others or who are currently suspended or expelled from school. Please consult a Trackside Director if you have questions about eligibility.
he Trackside Teen Center of Wilton has an open-door policy, meaning that a visitor can stay for the duration of the center’s operating hours or leave at any time. However, once a visitor leaves the Teen Center, he or she may NOT re-enter the same day. Upon leaving, the member loses his or her privileges at the Teen Center for the remainder of that day.
Upon the first visit to Trackside, all visitors must provide current parent/guardian contact information. We must have current contact information for the safety of our visitors. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to notify Teen Center staff of any changes to contact information or medical information. Additional information may be requested to help us track member demographic information crucial for grant funding.
It is important to understand that Trackside is not a childcare facility.
It is the responsibility of the visitor and the parent/guardian to determine, understand, abide by and enforce whatever arrival and departure times and methods they see fit. Please note visitors are not allowed at Trackside unless they are signed in and participating in Trackside activities. Your child should not be dropped off prior to the opening of any facility or left on the grounds after closing, as the Teen Center cannot be held responsible for the supervision of youth outside operating hours. Parents/guardians are welcome to call the Trackside staff to verify that their son or daughter has checked-in at Trackside or if they have checked-out.
Trackside Code of Conduct “Be great or be gone”
Be respectful of peers, staff and volunteers
Be respectful of others’ property
Take care of Trackside’s facility, grounds and equipment
Play fairly and be honest
Avoid inappropriate language
Avoid behaviors that may make others around you uncomfortable
Resolve disagreements in a positive way
Maintain a positive attitude to keep the center fun
Remember to Check-in and Check-out every visit
Illegal and Inappropriate behavior, including but not limited to, bullying, fighting or harassment
Possession or being under the influence of illegal and illicit substances and items, including but not limited to alcohol, tobacco, cigarettes/ e-cigarettes (tobacco or non), THC products and weapons
Intentionally inappropriate, harassing or explicit language or audio/video content, including Explicit, Rated R and Rated M content
Damage or theft of Trackside or others property or equipment
Entering restricted areas of the facility or grounds without a staff escort
Standards Trackside works to ensure that the consequences for unacceptable behavior are clear, appropriate and timely. Our standards, along with the expectation that all visitors use good common sense, exist to ensure that all visitors can safely enjoy our activities. We will not tolerate situations that are dangerous for staff or visitors. Any visitor who disrupts programs or activities or creates a dangerous situation will be disciplined appropriately. Visitors who do not follow rules can expect to lose privileges. First-time offenses are never excused as such and will be handled based on their severity. Parents/guardians will be called to remove any teen who has failed to curb his or her disruptive behavior and/or aggressive or violent behavior. Parents/guardians will be notified of any visitor’s suspension from Trackside. Visitors are expected to respond to discipline without incident. Failure to do so will almost always result in an increase in the length and/or severity of any disciplinary action taken. Staff are trained and fully expected, by policy, to maintain full control of any situation that occurs in their program area and will not tolerate anything that threatens that control in appearance or manner. Consequences In some cases issues with behavior may result in verbal coaching/counseling, loss of Trackside privileges, suspension from Trackside for a determined amount of time, or expulsion (a permanent removal). General Guidelines Two warnings from staff in one day will result in loss of Trackside privileges for the remainder of the day and a possible suspension from all Trackside programs and events. Failure to respond to discipline without incident will almost always result in an increase in the length and/or severity of any disciplinary action taken. Disrespect to staff or severe violations may result in immediate suspension from Trackside without warning.
1st Suspension – up to 2 Weeks
2nd Suspension – 1 Month
3rd Suspension – At least 6 months
Discipline and suspensions are at the sole discretion of the Trackside Director(s). Suspensions of 6 months or greater will additionally be aligned with the Trackside Board of Directors.
Trackside, the Teen Center of Wilton is a privately funded 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to providing the youth of Wilton with a safe and supervised drug, alcohol, and tobacco-free gathering place to build self esteem and develop healthy relationships after school and on weekends. To make a tax deductible donation or volunteer, please contact us at email@example.com