CHAPTER 5: MEDICAL FORMS
MEDICAL FORMS ARE DUE ON MAY 1st!
ANY MEDICAL INFORMATION OR MEDICATION UPDATES AFTER THE MEDICAL FORM IS DELIVERED AND IN ANY EVENT AFTER JUNE 1, MUST BE COMMUNICATED TO US IN WRITING AND FOLLOWED UP WITH A PHONE CALL TO A CAMP DIRECTOR TO CONFIRM RECEIPT.
It is the absolute responsibility of a parent to let us know everything emotionally, physically, and medically relevant regarding your child, to allow for a positive camping experience. If we see certain behaviors, for example that are negatively impacting your child, or your child’s peers and/or staff and we have no information provided to us, we can not deal with such issues appropriately and effectively. In the end it is your child that will be most negatively affected if you are not pro-active giving us school/camp historical relevant issues. Please be advised that if your child takes regular medication during the school year and you are considering a drug free holiday during the summer this must be approved by the camp.
MEDICINE AT CAMP
All new information or up to date medical dispensing information that is received while at camp that is different or missing from what is on the medical form must be received at the office in writing. It is your responsibility to confirm with the office that we have received this information before your child arrives at camp. A copy of this information must go to the office so we can input any new information into the health check system and be able to advise appropriate staff, directors, doctors and nurses. So please double check with the office to make sure we have received this information.
TIMES MEDICATION IS GIVEN:
Morning medication is given out after breakfast (approx. 9:00 AM) and Evening Medication is given out after Flagpole (approx. 7:30 PM). If there is a specific medication that must be given outside of these times, we will need to speak to your child’s doctor to discuss the situation.
URGENT CARE MEDS NOT AVAILABLE LOCALLY: If your child requires critical medication, such that if he/she does not receive such meds immediately and it is not readily available at a Shoppers Drug Mart in Parry Sound, that it could place his/her life in jeopardy, you must send up a second (back-up) order of medication to the Toronto office by June 10th
MEDICATION DELIVERY TO CAMP
COMING LOCALLY: If you child is taking the Toronto bus for the Full/1st session, all meds are brought before camp to the baggage drop off area and given to the designated staff person. If your child is placed on a prescription after the baggage drop off day, such meds will be brought to the bus. Meds for 2nd Session campers will come to the bus with them on departure day. For campers with life threatening allergies, please send 1 EpiPen with medications to keep in the health centre and 1 EpiPen on bus with your child to keep in cabin.
DRIVE INS: If you drive your child into camp, or are visiting to return an ill camper and are delivering medicine. Please let a camp director know we have this written information so we can ensure the meds make it to the health center and to ensure the medication is inputted into our medical dispensing tracking system.
COMING BY PLANE: Meds should be delivered immediately to the staff at the airport.
ALL MEDICATION MUST HAVE THE WRITTEN INSTRUCTIONS ON THE MEDICATION ITSELF AND ALSO ON THE MEDICAL FORM. PLEASE REMEMBER THAT ANY CHANGES TO MEDICATION INSTRUCTIONS FROM WHAT IS INDICATED ON THE PRESCRIBING “BOTTLE” AND/OR PROVIDED TO THE CAMP IN WRITTEN FORM MUST BE COMMUNICATED IN WRITTEN FORM AT ALL TIMES, EVEN FOR CHANGES MADE WHILE YOUR CHILD IS AT CAMP. If you send up medication do not attach a note to it that has different instructions than the bottle.
If your child has a life threatening allergy or other medical condition please contact us to discuss our medical protocol, as we do not automatically make campers wear EpiPens. Every situation is different and often kids can leave their EpiPens at activities like sail or swim (and they are left out in the sun) leaving them in even a more precarious position so we must discuss with you about our EpiPen locations around camp and how we train our staff and advise campers to make them aware of how best to protect themselves. Our nut allergy protocol is similar to all allergy protocols. Check out our nut safe policy at www.manitoucamp.com.
OUR PHYSICIANS, OTC MEDS & WHEN WE PHONE HOME:
Once again this year, we are most fortunate to be providing medical care from a family or pediatric physician. We believe that having doctors who are experienced in dealing with children is an obvious asset to any camp.
We also believe that you, as a parent should be called for a significant medical event; for example if your child stays in the Health Centre for more then 24 hours for a specific health reason (not for lack of sleep), or if your child is in need of antibiotics; if we confirm your child has broken a bone, etc. Accordingly, IF YOU RECEIVE A CALL REGARDING A MEDICAL ISSUE DO NOT BE ALARMED. It is likely just a courtesy call. If in fact there is an emergency, we will leave a message indicating it is an emergency. It is quite time consuming for the doctor to call parents on such matters but we believe it is something that is necessary. In many cases we may just leave a message for you to advise you of the situation and no call back will be necessary. OTC meds, attending to scrapes, skin infections with prescription creams will are examples of non-significant medical events.
If we contact you but do not hear back from you, we will of course proceed in the normal course in the best interest of your child, as determined by that physician. All medical issues are governed by the terms of our application and medical form and you can be assured that our health care staff will work hard to make Manitou a safe and healthy place for all concerned.
Your child will be checked for lice at the health center medical check on the second day at camp. Fortunately our camp has had very few lice cases in the past. Lice are not a health threat, nor is it anything but a mere nuisance. As a courtesy to other campers and to our staff, PLEASE ENSURE AN EXPERIENCED LICE PROFESSIONAL OR YOUR PHYSICIAN CHECKS YOUR CHILD FOR LICE ONE-WEEK PRIOR TO LEAVING FOR CAMP. As you may know, it can take up to 20 hours of a staff member or nurse’s time to pick nits and deal with lice for a child. Add to that the common treatments, which cost over $250 per child and before you know it, lice can become a time consuming, expensive nuisance. Accordingly if a child COMES TO CAMP with lice, we will contact you and request that you either pick up your child and bring them back to camp when they are lice free or we will hire a company to de-lice your child at a cost ($300 per child). Please check your child to ensure that the Manitou campers can avoid a nuisance that takes them away from activities and can make them the focus of the cabin for the wrong reasons.
SUN HATS AND SUN TAN LOTION:
SEND 3 HATS TO CAMP JUST IN CASE! The skin ‘remembers’ each time it is tanned and burned. Sun poisoning is a cumulative effect so we must make sure all campers and staff understands that wearing a hat is not just a request but also a RULE! At Manitou, we make every effort to ensure campers are wearing sun hats and putting on sun tan lotion all day. Find out from your child what type of hat he/she likes to wear. Also, please send sun tan lotion/sun block. We do supply lotion at activity areas and it is available at the Tuck Shop, but please send your child with sun block and tell your child you want them to come home with an EMPTY BOTTLE!
USE OF INSECT REPELLANT:
Please note that it is harmful to combine sun tan lotion with insect repellant. Accordingly, since most mosquitoes are out at dusk, we recommend the use of insect repellant starting after dinner. Our motto is sun tan lotion after breakfast and lunch and insect repellant after dinner. Always read the entire label before purchasing a product. Products commercially available in Canada vary in their DEET concentrations. If your child is under 12 years, it is recommended the Deet percentage is 10% or lower. For children 12 years of age and older, you can use a percentage of Deet up to 30%. Although sprays are easier to apply, they are also more likely to be inadvertently sprayed in the eye and also can be breathed in more readily. Therefore, lotions are always a better choice.
PEANUTS AND ALL NUT RELATED PRODUCTS AND ALLERGY PROTOCOLS
As you are well aware, peanuts are a life threatening food for many children, and as a result many schools have eliminated them from their list of acceptable foods. At Manitou we would like to think that our respect for each individual camper makes it important to do what we can to remove peanut products from camp.
While we are not a “peanut-free” camp, we do strive to remove peanut products from camp. Our objective is to therefore be a peanut “aware” camp. That of course does not guarantee a peanut free camp as staff and campers can accidentally bring nut products into camp and often traces of a product can surprise the best of us at any time. Accordingly parents must make a personal decision as to whether they wish to send their child with a peanut allergy to camp. So this is what we do at Manitou to make our camp a safer environment for peanut allergic children:
- We do not serve peanut butter! Instead we will be serving jam, cream cheese, and other spreads so children have variety of alternatives. We also make the vegetarian meal available for any children who prefer it to the standard meal. Our kitchen and tuck shop is nut aware, though sometimes the tuck shop will contain products with nut traces. Please contact us for the status of the tuck shop for this summer and for a list of products that are safe.
- All staff in pre-camp and all campers will be given a clear message that nut products cannot be in camp. Staff will be trained on the location of our six to seven EpiPen locations, and given a demonstration of how to use them. This discussion will involve not only food allergies but also examples of many other triggers of anaphylactic shock.
- We allow no food into camp. Furthermore peanuts, or chocolate bars or peanut butter or traces of such products especially should not be brought into camp. If you give food to your child ON THE BUS, please ensure the food contains NO NUTS or nut products.
- Discuss with us if you wish your child to wear an EpiPen at all times as parents have different views on such matters. Also discuss with us if your child should be allowed on a canoe trip. Bottom line is, speak to us so we can work out the best protocol for your child and their situation. Check out our Nut Safe Policy on our website manitoucamp.com in the Health and Safety section.
DENTAL ISSUES – BRACES
There is no local orthodontist in Parry Sound that we trust for fixing braces. The closest dentist is one hour away and requires a week’s notice to make an appointment. We would prefer to just make your child comfortable at camp and then have the braces fixed when camp is over. If your child has braces please confirm if you wish us to handle this manner any differently.