Your camper should be healthy before leaving for camp. If he or she is in any way indisposed, departure should be postponed and the camp notified. If possible, the camper’s session will be rearranged.
The camps’ Health Centers must be notified in writing of any pertinent medications or diagnoses (see Health History Form). Any emotional problems must also be called to our attention. At the time of your camper's check-up, your family physician should provide us with accurate, up-to-date information about your camper’s health, and list the purpose, frequency, dosage and instructions for any prescribed medications or over-the-counter medications to be administered on a regular or “as needed” basis.
In accordance with the highest safety standards, we now require all campers who take prescription or over-the-counter medication to enroll in our Medication Distribution System through Finksburg Pharmacy. You will receive information about this process in the mail. When you arrive at camp, your camper’s medication will already be at the Health Center. The camp Medical Staff will supervise dispensing of all medications. Campers are not permitted to medicate themselves!
Campers who are not well upon arrival at camp will be sent home and admission will be postponed. Campers are screened by our Medical Staff upon arrival and before parents leave camp. No camper will be admitted if, upon arrival and before parents leave camp, he or she is suffering from any skin or respiratory infection, or has any evidence of Pediculosis (headlice), including nits. Pediculosis is present in all school systems and may be evident without symptoms. It is imperative that parents begin checking their camper’s head every day beginning three weeks prior to camp, in order to leave adequate time for treatment. It is to your advantage to follow this “early procedure," as treatment takes considerable time. Also, re-scheduling campers for late arrival or alternative sessions isn’t always a viable alternative. To facilitate checking your camper, please be sure there are no braids, dreadlocks or the like; they will have to be removed upon arrival. If your camper is found to have lice or nits while at camp, treatment will be administered on a case-by-case basis.
The Health History Form can be found under the FORMS tab. Please return this form to us by May 1st. Changes in your camper's health history after May 1st are to be submitted in writing. Check with your doctor to see if your camper needs a measles immunization booster.
Because of regulations concerning strep throat cultures, we will be sending any such cultures to laboratories in the area. These cultures will only be done if we feel they are essential in determining the exact diagnosis and extent of an illness.
The cost for such a lab analysis cannot be included in the session fees and is the responsibility parent or the parent’s insurance carrier.
Accident and illness insurance coverage is included in the camp fees. However, please note this insurance, which has a $50.00 deductible, is a secondary insurance policy. In case of an accident or illness requiring out-of-camp treatment, you will need to first file a claim with your carrier. In order for the camp policy to become effective, your insurance benefits must first be exhausted. Camp’s policy has a maximum coverage of $2,500. Parents are responsible for paying the deductible and any amount beyond the limit of camp’s policy. For this reason, please be certain to include your personal insurance plan information with your Health History Form. Medical forms with an attached copy of insurance information should be returned to the camp office by May 1st. Any changes that may occur before the start of the camp season must be made in writing.
IF YOUR CAMPER HAS ASTHMA
To help us care for your camper, please send the following that functions with the medication order from Finksburg Pharmacy.
- Immediate acting and preventative inhalers should be ordered through our Medication Distribution System.
- Spacer for use with the metered-dose inhalers. Asthma experts recommend that an inhaler always be used with a spacer to ensure correct medicine delivery.
- Peak Flow Meter — Serial measurement of peak flow permits much more accurate evaluation of the degree of asthma than merely listening to the lungs; proper care of asthma requires peak flow measurements.
- Nebulizer — Each Health Center has a nebulizer. If your camper has/uses a nebulizer, please consider sending it to Camp so each Camper can use his/her own nebulizer.
- Doctor’s Order — A physician’s signed order with explicit directions for each and every medication, treatment, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, etc. your camper will need.
- If your camper is sensitive to aspirin or ibuprofen or related products, PLEASE BE CERTAIN CAMP IS MADE AWARE OF THIS IN WRITING. In some campers, such medications can have a worsening effect on their asthma.
At camp we always do our best to make certain that we remind campers to wear shirts and hats to avoid exposure to excessive sunlight. We do recommend that you be certain to pack sunscreen for your camper to apply to her/himself. If we have your permission (on the Health History Form and/or Camper Profile), we’ll do our best to apply the sunscreen when we feel it is appropriate. However, we recognize that some campers have sensitivities/allergies to sunscreen. Accordingly, we cannot apply sunscreen, yours or ours, without your permission.
SAFETY, SECURITY & COMMUNICATION
We want to assure our camp families that planning the summer for your camper really means serving your family. Your assurance that camp remains a safe, secure environment for your child is an important part of our planning. In that respect, Airy and Louise work with state and local authorities to ensure the safety of our campers and staff throughout the summer. We share this note in response to some calls from camp families, noting and acknowledging their concerns regarding the world around us. Camp has 24-hour on site security coverage throughout the summer season.
We closely monitor events around our nation and the world throughout the summer months. If there is any event that we feel would raise a concern for our camp families, we do our best to post our response on our website as soon as possible. For this reason, it is essential that you enroll on our email list and check our website regularly.
Complete and effective communication with parents regarding Camper’s health is paramount during every Camper’s stay at Camp.
The Health Center Staff will contact a parent:
- When Camper is admitted to the Health Center for an overnight stay
- When Camper presents with a concussion
- When need for off-site medical care is warranted
- Commencement of antibiotic or steroids
- Adverse reaction to medication or treatment
- At the discretion of the Health Center Staff for any other reason