Our infirmary is staffed 24 hours a day by a certified RN as well as an LPN or EMT. Most of our nurses are parents themselves and understand what it is like for a camper to be away from home and not feeling well. The nurses not only attend to sick or injured campers, but they are also in charge of all camper and staff medications. Camp is just 11 miles away from our on-call Camp Doctor and the emergency room at Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, CT. If you have any questions about camp’s health management practices and the support your child may need, please contact camp staff at 860-974-1336.
Preparing for Camp:
If you have any questions about the medical paperwork required to attend camp, please refer to the Summer Camp Forms page for form downloads and instructions. If you have any questions, please contact camp staff at 860-974-1336. There are multiple ways to make our camp staff aware of your child’s medical needs:
- By phone or e-mail. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s particular medical needs or camp’s health management practices, please contact camp ahead of time and ask to speak to our Camp Directors (before camp begins) or our camp nursing staff (during the summer). Please note, if your camper has a disability or special health care needs such as allergies, special dietary needs, dental problems, hearing or visual impairments, chronic illness, developmental variation or history of contagious disease an individual care plan for a camper with special health care needs or disabilities needs to be developed with the child’s parent(s) and healthcare provider.
- Camper Health Forms. This is a requirement for all campers and staff and alerts our nursing staff as to more specific medical needs of your camper. There are several components to the medical paperwork required for your child to attend camp. Please follow the instructions as provided in the online registration platform and refer to the Summer Camp Forms page for further instruction.
Arrival to Camp:
At each check-in table there will be a nurse who is there to review health information, collect any medications and to answer any questions you may have. Remember that camp keeps basic medication in stock (listed on the health form) that can be given according to our standard orders if needed, with parent/guardian approval. This is also your opportunity to follow up with our nursing staff about any health concerns or issues your child may have while at camp. Our nurse will also do a quick “check” of your child to see if they have any obvious physical conditions that may limit your child’s participation in camp such as a cast or crutches, and we look for conditions that may be contagious to others. You will also be asked if there has been any recent illness in your household such as the flu or if your child has been sick recently.
In addition to our camp nurses, many of our staff have American Red Cross CPR/First Aid certification and have been trained on how to treat minor bumps and bruises that may occur around camp. Our nurses are available at all times, 24/7 in the infirmary for any incidents that may require further attention. Please ensure that we have the most up-to-date contact information for you and your family just in case we have to reach you while your child is at camp.
If your child takes medication at camp we have “med call” at breakfast, lunch, dinner and bed time. When filling out the Medical Authorization Form, please be clear with the instructions regarding the time of day each medication should be taken.
Two health care staff (at least one of whom is a registered nurse) are on duty for each session of camp and a nearby physician is on call 24 hours a day. In case of minor illness, parents are informed only if the camper is confined in the Health Center for more than 24 hours. In case of emergency, campers are taken to the camp physician or local hospital and parents are notified. For this reason, it is very important you provide Camp with complete emergency contact information. If you plan a vacation or are away and not able to be contacted easily, please notify Camp of the temporary address and phone number.
Campers who may need emergency medication, such as an Epi-pen, must be able to self-administer (as noted on the health form) if they are to take part in any off-site activity such as mountain biking or hiking.
1. Make sure your camper has been fever free for 24 hours before check-in. Let our nurses know of any recent changes in health.
2. Your camper must not have vomited or had diarrhea in the 24 hours before check-in. Let our nurses know if your child is on any antibiotics or temporary medications due to recent illness.
3. Head lice can occur in any community and do not reflect poor hygiene or social status. Please do your part to prevent the spread of lice by checking your children prior to check in. Like any problem, if we can detect it early it is much easier to treat. Should we need to treat your child while they are at camp it will be done discreetly and a follow up inspection will be performed by someone on our health team.
4. Check your camper’s luggage for bed bugs. Bed bugs are not generated at camp — they are “hitchhikers,” and may be “along for the ride” if you have recently spent time at a hotel or resort. Please inspect your camper’s luggage and clothes. You can help by packing clothes for camp in a new plastic bin. If you are interested in viewing our bed bug protocol, call us at 1-800-782-2344 and we will be happy to email it to you.
All medications (Prescription or OTC) should be picked up by the family on check-out day. Any medication not retrieved on check-out day must be picked up within 7 days of your child’s final day at camp or we will have to destroy it.
To help ensure the health and safety of your child during summer sports and active play, the State of Connecticut has developed a website providing information on recognizing and responding to concussions. Please familiarize yourself with the signs and symptoms of concussions and discuss it with your child.