Health & Wellness
In order for your camper to have the best possible experience at camp, they should be arriving at camp free of illness. If your child is showing any signs of illness, please keep them home until they are well and contact the Camp Director. Your camper will be joining a camp community, living with volunteers and counselors, and sharing the camp with up to 23 other campers so it is important that good practices, like hand-washing and catching sneezes, are second nature.
Camp is staffed by a Registered Nurse (Health Supervisor) and a local physician is on call at all times.
You will be contacted if your camper:
- Spends a night in the infirmary
- Needs to see a doctor or visit the emergency room
- Breaks the Camper Behavior Agreement
- You may also be contacted if:
— The Health Supervisor has a question about the information supplied on your camper’s Health History Form
— Camp Staff needs your assistance or support about your camper’s well-being.
All campers receive a health screening upon arrival at camp, and the Health Supervisor verifies health information. Parents will be notified of any concerns. All medications must be checked in with the Health Supervisor and can only be at camp if:
- In the original container
- Labeled with the camper’s name, physician’s name and correct dosage
- Prescribed by a physician
- Includes detailed written instructions on the Camper Health History Form
Please bring only prescription medication to camp. Medication will be administered according to the prescribed instructions. Emergency Medications such as Epinephrine or inhalers will remain with the camper at all times and camp staff will know the specifics of that child’s medical needs.
If head lice are found during the health screening, the parent/guardian of the camper will be contacted to discuss options that best serve the camper and the camp community. To avoid the challenge of discovering head lice at camp, please check-or have someone with experience check–your camper several days before arrival. This should provide ample time to treat.
Here are a few tips:
- Finding lice can be difficult. There are many online resources for checking for lice, such as www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/diagnosis.html
- If found, carefully treat hair and all belongings before coming to camp. Treat hair with a lice removal product, remove all nits and repeat treatment in seven days. Wash all bedding, pillows, hats, stuffed animals, bike helmet, sleeping bags, brush, comb and anything else hair comes in contact with in hot water (130 degrees) and/or dry on high heat. Many children get re-infected from their own belongings.
- Here are more treatment recommendations: www.cdc.gov/parasites/lice/head/treatment.html. For additional information, please read the healthy camp update from the American Camping Association: http://www.acacamps.org/sites/default/files/images/parents/parentflyer.pdf.
Safety in the Sun and Heat
At camp, we have two very common and preventable problems: SUNBURN and DEHYDRATION. Participants are encouraged to bring non-aerosol sunscreen of SPF 15 or greater and Chapstick with SPF 15+. Water is critical to our body’s health. Everyone needs to drink at least three water bottles a day. At camp meals, we all drink one glass of water before other beverages. PLEASE ENSURE YOUR CAMPER BRINGS A REFILLABLE WATER BOTTLE. One with a strap for carrying is recommended.
Showers at Camp
In consideration of California’s water supply, showers will be limited and campers are asked to keep their shower time to a minimum. Campers may want to practice taking 5-minute showers before arriving at camp. Emergency Procedures In consideration of California’s water supply, showers will be limited and campers are asked to keep their shower time to a minimum. Campers may want to practice taking 5-minute showers before arriving at camp.
In consideration of California’s water supply, showers will be limited and campers are asked to keep their shower time to a minimum. Camper may want to practice talking 5-minute shower before arriving at camp.