What If My Child Gets Sick Right Before Camp?
Campers due to check in at camp who shows signs of flu (fever, achy body, no appetite, cough, etc), or who have an active cough or cold, should stay home and contact their MD. Campers who have been recently exposed to a contagious illness should also contact their MD prior to attending to ensure that the child will not get sick while attending, and/or bring a contagious illness to the camp.
Campers who are ill/injured prior to camp and unable to attend as a result: An alternative session will be offered whenever possible. If this is not possible, a refund will be made with written verification from a physician.
Campers are expected to arrive at camp free from lice and/or nits. Campers who arrive at camp with head lice, or who have been treated for lice but still have residual viable eggs present, will be excluded from attending. Parents are expected to assume their responsibility by not introducing lice into the camp community - prior to camp, please carefully check your child's head. It is for the broader health of the camp community that these policies are in place.
When are parents contacted regarding medical care while at camp?
-In the event of a medical emergency. Parents will be contacted as soon as possible after emergency care, when needed, is secured.
-If your child is sick overnight AND is required to sleep in the health center facilities.
-In the event that your child is taken to the hospital or health care provider outside of camp.
-Illness that requires treatment other than what is considered “routine care”.
Parents Will NOT Be Contacted: For “routine care” - such as insect bites, cuts & scratches, headaches, stomachache, sore throat, etc. - or for typical minor homesickness.
ALL medications will be collected on opening Sunday. This includes all prescription medications, in any form, and all types of non-prescription/over the counter medications, including over the counter pain relievers, nasal sprays, sinus medications, anti-itch creams, anti-bacterial creams, etc. It is for the safety of each camper that this policy is in place!
- All medication must be in the original container or blister pack, labeled by the pharmacy, with the child’s name, with the dosage, time, and quantity to be given.
- Please do not mix medications in a container, or pack medications in a “daily reminder” container
- The camp will not administer any unlabeled medication.
- The camp will not give dosages which are different than the amount labeled. All dosage changes require written authorization from the prescribing physician.
- If your child is to receive ½ a tablet: please cut at home or by the pharmacist when the prescription is filled
The camp will not be held responsible for the administration of any medications not turned in, usage of any type of medications by a camper unless the camp has administered it, or any medical care that is not rendered by the camp.
Parents/guardians will be held responsible for any incidents/accidents that occur as a result of their child retaining any type of medications in their possession, including misuse, overdose, or other reactions, by their own child, or by other campers, accidental or intentional.
The camp health staff will support a camper with complying with taking medication as directed in the information provided. However, the camp can not be held responsible for non-compliance by a camper.
Medication Administration Permission Form
All campers bringing medication to camp, regardless of type, are required to have a Medication Administration Permission form, completed and signed by the parent/guardian. This form is to be turned in, along with all medications, when the camper arrives in camp. Download from the forms section.
Special Concerns-“The Summer Medication Holiday”
The demands on a child's attention, social skills, and the need for self-control increase in a camp setting, often in many ways that are more demanding than in a school setting. Campers need to pay attention, manage personal safety, follow directions, be responsible for their own belongings, act appropriately in the social climate, participate in daily living skills, and in program activities, 24/7, day and night. It is also important to recognize that children who benefit from medication for things like Attention Deficit Disorders, behavioral difficulties, emotional disorders, etc., may show signs of distress and regression if not on medication while at camp. Typically, it is best to have a child continue his/her medications while at camp. We highly recommend that parents work with their child's medical/psychological professional to determine the best course of action when considering if your child will be taking medication during camp.
The camp keeps an adequate supply of over-the-counter medication, such as pain relievers, cold medications, cough syrup, menstrual cramp relief pills, itch creams, etc. to meet your child’s needs, should they have a problem. Our health center stocks medications in various strengths, as well as liquids for those children who are unable to swallow pills. We strongly advise parents to refrain from sending non-prescription medications to camp
A WRITTEN MANAGEMENT PLAN is required for campers with any of the following:
-Emotional, Social, Behavioral, Psychological Disorders
-Asthma, Heart or other respiratory problems
-Any other medical conditions that may require repeat and/or special care by the camp health staff.
The Management Plan should include information, as applicable, on triggers/causes, immediate treatment for life-threatening problems, typical care, what the child should avoid doing, how it may impact the child’s participation in camp activities, behaviors/signs/symptoms that would indicate that your child needs support, and strategies/interventions that may help the staff work with your child. If your child is under the care of a specialist, such as a physician or psychologist, please include information from them as well. Please bring the written plan along with your other forms to check in
Campers With Asthma
Campers with asthma/a history of asthma, regardless of severity or regularity, should come with appropriate medication(s)/equipment. Be sure to send all medication/equipment required to monitor/treat your child should she/he have an asthma attack, including inhalers, spacer, peak flow meter, nebulizer & all required nebulizer accessories. Clearly label all equipment with your child’s name. Campers with Asthma are permitted to carry inhalers while in camp.
Please send an extra inhaler in case your child should lose one
All campers with Asthma should bring a written asthma management plan. Information should include a list of your child's asthma triggers, frequency and severity of attacks, typical treatment, medications, emergency care, inhaler use, nebulizer use, and peak flow meter zones.
Campers with Severe (Life Threatening) Allergies
The camp MUST be made aware of any allergic reactions that include/have a history of difficulty breathing, fainting, seizures, or anaphylaxis. These types of allergies may include, but are not limited to, insect stings, plants, latex, medications, etc.
Due ot the nature of the program actvities, individuals with severe/life threatening food allergies may not attend Chef Camp.
Please send all required prescriptions with your child to camp. If your child has a prescription for epinephrine injection (i.e. epi-pen, "bee sting kit"), please make sure to send this with your child, and that your child has been instructed in its use. We require that you send 2 pens/kits-one for your child to keep at all times, and a 2nd back-up for the staff. Provide your child with a fanny pack/small bag so that they can carry their emergency medication with them at all times. Be sure to write your child’s name on the boxes/tubes.
Prepare Your Camper
Parents are encouraged to talk with their children about what to do if they have a problem while at camp. In order to be sensitive to the privacy needs of our campers, camp staff are not permitted to observe campers while they are bathing or changing. Because of this practice, staff may not know if a child is experiencing a health problem, such as a rash, unless the camper tells them. Or, campers may be embarrassed and hide that they are having a problem, such as constipation. Sometimes campers try to "tough it out" when they are not feeling well because they want to stay in activities or are afraid they will get "sent home". We want to work with you to keep your child healthy; please encourage your child to tell a counselor or other adult in camp when they are experiencing any type of medical problem.
We want to remind camper families of the importance of protection from the sun. Please send sunscreen. “Waterproof”, “sweat proof”, or “sport” type sunscreens are recommended.