Posted by Sarah Kate McLaughlin on March 08
Straight from the horses mouth! A few of our nurses have weighed in to provide a few helpful hints for campers, counselors, and their faimilies to consider before arriving to camp. We want to ensure a positive infirmary visit, if necessary, so please take note of what these ladies have to share.
Forms, we know, can be a pain and we promise they are not for kicks and giggles. The Health History is the most important form in all the land and it’s imperitive that you fill it out completely before you arrive. Imagine your camper has allegies, dietary restrictions, important medication, or physical/mental conditions to consider. The nurses, and counselors, want to be prepared to address and handle any issues prior to check in so they can knock any problems out of the park, if it were to arise. Don’t force them to play catch up on Opening Day, help us help you by clicking through that online form in advance.
What are the 3 forms? The Health History, the Doctor Form, and a front and back copy of your Insurance Card. All can be found in your Skyline Account under Forms and Documents. Look at the post from yesterday for more on how to find these forms in your account.
It IS NOT helpful to organize your campers daily medications in a cute little container for the nurses. It actually puts them in a sticky situation leagally. Medications out of their containers increases the chance of a dosage mistake or damage to the medicine. Nurses are required to only accept medications in their original containers and will turn away anything prepared otherwise. The original bottle/packaging relays a lot of good information to the nurses - so please - no “MTWTF” containers; no baggies, no mixing medicines!
Medications in trunks or backpacks can be a scary thought. Even ointments and vitamins could put curious kiddos in a great deal of danger. We require all campers and staff to check in ALL OTC/prescription medications, ointments, and vitamins to ensure the safety of all campers.
Did you know we stock many generic, over-the-counter items to combat commonplace, under the weather moments? No worries, if your daughter has a headache, allergies, fever, etc, we’ve got her covered. You are welcome to check in some “just in case” medicines for your camper, if you know a specific brand is just what she needs for those moments. But, we want to make sure you knew we’ve got you covered, too! You can find a list of OTC items we stock when you fill out your camper’s Health History. It will ask you to approve, or deny, each one for your camper.
We understand that a break from school can be a great opportunity for your camper to take a necessary break from some medications. Though, when summer camp is on the schedule, we’ve experienced that these breaks, or “drug holidays”, are not the best time to make those changes. If a child is successful on medications at school and at home, then we find it is very helpful for the camp environment and structure as well.
If you have specific concerns or questions about any of these point, or the medical aspect of Skyline, please contact us!
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