Health And Safety

Health And Safety

At Camp Manitou, right from pre-camp, all staff are taught to ‘Always challenge safety’. That means we take great measures to ensure the camp is an unquestionably safe environment and we spend considerable hours teaching our staff about all elements of risk management safety, health as well as the little things; watching out for dehydration, reapplying of sun tan lotion, nutrition, eating habits, proper use of insect repellant, allergy and anaphylaxis, and a host of over another 20 topics. Risk management sessions however are very serious and not a sound can be heard as staff realize the responsibility they undertake as camp staff.

Your Child’s Health

We believe in being prepared for any situation, large or small, that might arise. In order to deal with these, all of our staff are trained during pre-camp in all the necessary accident, emergency and fire procedures.  We have a well equipped health center located on camp property that is staffed at all times.  Our medical team consists of health care assistants, nurses/nursing students and pediatricians/family physicians, all who live on site during the summer.  The district hospital accessed by our full time driver and medical staff is just a 20 minute drive. We even have seven Epipen/Auto Injector stations around camp as our staff is all trained on anaphylaxis signs and symptoms and use of Auto-Injectors even for a campers that may have a first time reaction at camp.

Camp Directors meet each unit the first day of the session and stress the safety rules so they understand their importance. This takes time but it sets a tone for camp and allows the kids to ask questions and understand the importance of each rule. The entire head staff team of 60 also meets each morning to review any pertinent medical issues.

Camp Manitou is accredited by the Ontario Camping Association (OCA). Camp membership in the OCA is not automatic: any camp seeking OCA accreditation must undergo a two-year provisional period, during which time it is visited by OCA representatives each year, and must meet all standards before being accepted for full membership.

Food Allergies (Life Threatening) & Dietary Restrictions

At Camp Manitou, right from pre-camp, all staff are taught to ‘Always challenge safety’. That means we take great measures to ensure the camp is an unquestionably safe environment and we spend considerable hours teaching our staff about all elements of risk management safety, health as well as the little things; watching out for dehydration, reapplying of sun tan lotion, nutrition, eating habits, proper use of insect repellant, allergy and anaphylaxis, and a host of over another 20 topics. Risk management sessions however are very serious and not a sound can be heard as staff realize the responsibility they undertake as camp staff.

We believe in being prepared for any situation, large or small, that might arise. In order to deal with these, all of our staff are trained during pre-camp in all the necessary accident, emergency and fire procedures.  We have a well equipped health center located on camp property that is staffed at all times.  Our medical team consists of health care assistants, nurses/nursing students and pediatricians/family physicians, all who live on site during the summer.  The district hospital accessed by our full time driver and medical staff is just a 20 minute drive. We even have seven Epipen/Auto Injector stations around camp as our staff is all trained on anaphylaxis signs and symptoms and use of Auto-Injectors even for a campers that may have a first time reaction at camp.

Camp Directors meet each unit the first day of the session and stress the safety rules so they understand their importance. This takes time but it sets a tone for camp and allows the kids to ask questions and understand the importance of each rule. The entire head staff team of 60 also meets each morning to review any pertinent medical issues.

Camp Manitou is accredited by the Ontario Camping Association (OCA). Camp membership in the OCA is not automatic: any camp seeking OCA accreditation must undergo a two-year provisional period, during which time it is visited by OCA representatives each year, and must meet all standards before being accepted for full membership.

Nut Safe Policy & Protocols

At Camp Manitou, right from pre-camp, all staff are taught to ‘Always challenge safety’. That means we take great measures to ensure the camp is an unquestionably safe environment and we spend considerable hours teaching our staff about all elements of risk management safety, health as well as the little things; watching out for dehydration, reapplying of sun tan lotion, nutrition, eating habits, proper use of insect repellant, allergy and anaphylaxis, and a host of over another 20 topics. Risk management sessions however are very serious and not a sound can be heard as staff realize the responsibility they undertake as camp staff.

We believe in being prepared for any situation, large or small, that might arise. In order to deal with these, all of our staff are trained during pre-camp in all the necessary accident, emergency and fire procedures.  We have a well equipped health center located on camp property that is staffed at all times.  Our medical team consists of health care assistants, nurses/nursing students and pediatricians/family physicians, all who live on site during the summer.  The district hospital accessed by our full time driver and medical staff is just a 20 minute drive. We even have seven Epipen/Auto Injector stations around camp as our staff is all trained on anaphylaxis signs and symptoms and use of Auto-Injectors even for a campers that may have a first time reaction at camp.

Camp Directors meet each unit the first day of the session and stress the safety rules so they understand their importance. This takes time but it sets a tone for camp and allows the kids to ask questions and understand the importance of each rule. The entire head staff team of 60 also meets each morning to review any pertinent medical issues.

Camp Manitou is accredited by the Ontario Camping Association (OCA). Camp membership in the OCA is not automatic: any camp seeking OCA accreditation must undergo a two-year provisional period, during which time it is visited by OCA representatives each year, and must meet all standards before being accepted for full membership.

Meet Our Doctors

Jeremy Friedman

Originally from Cape Town, South Africa, Jeremy completed medical school there in 1985 and moved to Toronto, Ontario shortly after. He specialized in paediatrics at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto from 1990 to 1994, since then he has been on staff at the hospital as the Director of Inpatient Paediatric Medicine. He is also the author of the 2nd edition of the bestselling book The 3 AM Handbook: The most commonly asked questions about your child’s health. He returns for his fifteenth summer at Manitou.

Paul Perlon

From Toronto, Ontario, Paul completed his medical training at the University of Toronto and residency training at McGill University in Family and Emergency Medicine. Dr. Perlon is now the Deputy Chief of Emergency at Mackenzie Health in Richmond Hill. He has extensive experience in management of patients in all areas of medicine, surgery, and pediatrics. He also earned his diploma of Principles and Practice of Pain Management from Harvard University. Paul returns for his fifth summer at Manitou.

Todd Levy

From Toronto, Ontario, Todd is a graduate of the University of Toronto’s Medical School. He pursued post-graduate studies in Toronto and London and now practices Family and Urgent Care Medicine in Toronto. Todd was a Manitou camper three years and joins us now for his fifteenth summer as one of our Camp Doctors.

Sari Kraft

From Toronto, Ontario, Sari completed her medical degree at the University of Ottawa, and then completed a residency in family medicine and a fellowship in sport and exercise medicine, both at the University of Toronto. She practices family medicine in Markham and sport and exercise medicine in Toronto, and is a lecturer in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. She also provides medical coverage for a variety of sporting events and has travelled internationally as a team physician with Canada Basketball, Skate Canada, and Curling Canada. She was a lead medical doctor for the gymnastics venue at the 2015 Pan Am Games, and was a member of the core medical team for the Canadian delegation at the 2017 Summer World University Games. Sari was a Manitou camper for six years and a staff member for four years. She returns after many years away for her first summer as camp doctor.

Chris Westbrook

From Markham Ontario, Chris is a graduate of the University of Western Ontario Medical School. He pursued post-graduate studies in Toronto and Hamilton and now practices Family and Urgent Care Medicine in Markham. Dr. Westbrook returns for his second year at Manitou.