Summer is fast approaching, and we are focusing our efforts on the most important things that will make our summer both exciting and safe for all of our campers and families! Our campers’ health and safety take top priority at Kahdalea and Chosatonga. One of the things our parents ask us about the most is medication at camp, so we want to take a moment to explain everything we are doing here this summer to keep our campers compliant with their medication whether they are in camp or out in the wilderness with their friends!
Over the last 5 years, the medication needs of our campers have changed, and we want to make sure we change right along with them. We have increased the size of our medical staff to better be able to meet these needs. In addition, we are joining many other camps and organizations in partnering with CampMeds this year. This will make medication administration more organized and streamlined for our medical staff. These two instrumental changes will enable us all to keep the medication administration time down and facilitate our campers getting back to camp life as fast, and safely, as possible! It will, however, require a little bit of prep work, so please check out the next couple of notes carefully:
- CampMeds Deadline: The most important thing you need to know about CampMeds is the pre-session deadline! This is 30 days before the start date of your camper’s session. For our June, Full Summer, and Mini 1 sessions, this deadline is May 5th. We want to make sure all of our parents have adequate time to prepare their child’s medication before camp.
- DIY Option: For those families that choose to package their medication at home, we ask that you use one pill box per week of camp, with AM and PM slots for Sunday through Saturday. Please place your camper’s morning meds in the AM box and the evening meds in the PM box for each day of camp. In a gallon size ziploc bag, please place the pill boxes along with the original containers for each medication. This should include prescription information. Please label every pill box with your camper’s FIRST and LAST name!
- PRN medications, whether you choose CampMeds or DIY, should be dropped off in a ziploc bag in their original container. You do not need to place PRN medication in pill boxes. This also holds true for the small selection of medications that CampMeds will not process.
No matter which option you choose, this process will greatly aid our medical staff not only at regular medication administration times, but also in packing for extended activity trips out of camp.
Please take a moment to fill out all of your camper’s forms HERE, but especially their Medication Registration form. More detailed information about CampMeds is available on this form if you’d like to read more. Please take some time to decide which medication packaging option is best for your family.
If you’d like to talk to an office staff person who is also a Registered Nurse, please call Tiffany Taulbee at (828) 884-6834. You can also contact CampMeds directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or (954) 577-0025.