Health & Wellness
NURSE & HEALTH CENTER: A resident nurse are employed and living on the premises at all times. Parents will be notified if their child is confined to the infirmary for longer than a 48-hour period. Should a condition arise of a serious nature, the Camp Director will contact the parents or guardians, or your personal physician if necessary, by telephone.
If your child is to take any medication while at camp, please do not pack your child’s medication in their luggage. Instead, present it to the staff at the check-in table at the departure location. All prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, and supplements must be turned in to the camp nurse upon check-in. All medications must be in their original container (not in a pill box, ziploc bag or other container) and must have supporting documentation from a prescriptive authority for administration. Any medications without appropriate documentation WILL NOT be administered to your child. Our clinic provides the medications listed below. If you do not have a signature from your doctor giving us permission to administer your child’s Tylenol from home, for example, we can provide it through our clinic because it is one of the medications listed below. If you have not already signed our waiver giving us permission to administer our clinic’s medications, we will provide that to you at check-in.
MEDICATIONS PROVIDED AT THE CMC CLINIC:
- Activated Charcoal- If directed by Poison Control
- Aloe Gel- Sunburn
- Anbesol- Mouth sores
- Antacid/Pepto- Upset stomach
- Anti-fungal Cream- Foot infections
- Auralgan Otic Solution – Ear wash
- Benadryl- Allergic reactions
- Betadine- Topical wound cleaning
- Calamine Lotion – poison ivy/poison oak exposure
- Carmex- Lip burns/dryness
- Chloraceptic- Sore Throat
- Chlor-Trimeton– Non-drowsey allergy relief
- Double Antibiotic Ointment- Topical treatment for minor cuts or burns
- Hydrocortizone cream – itchy skin
- Ibuprofen- Cramps, sore throat, aches, pains
- Immodium- Diarrhea
- Milk Of Magnesia- Constipation
- Pepcid- Allergic reactions/upset stomach
- Robitussin DM- Cough
- Saline Solution- Eye wash
- Throat Drops- Sore Throat
- Tylenol- Pain or fever
- Zyrtec and/or Claritin- Allergic reactions
FIRST DAY HEALTH SCREENING:
Under the supervision of the Camp Nurse, each camper will receive an initial health screening upon arrival to camp. The screening will look at overall observable health, a scalp check, throat and mouth check, and skin check.
Lice Treatment Plan
Head lice have reappeared over the past few years in schools, camps, and workplaces across the U.S. This is a national issue that is discussed and addressed at length at several American Camp Association (ACA) conferences that we have attended over the past few years, and self-contained communities like camper are especially vulnerable and must be vigilant to control this problem. Despite taking every precaution and doing our best to keep this out of camp, it still has the potential to make its way into Colorado Mountain Camp. During the initial orientation of campers to CMC on the first day, a lice screening occurs with the nurse to determine if lice is present on a camper.
Lice is a very common problem and not one that occurs from being “dirty”. It also cannot live without a human host. So it’s not possible for lice to be living at camp prior to campers arriving. The only way it gets into camp is on an infected camper. The ACA’s educational webpage on lice has excellent information for you to read if interested. Additionally, the CDC has an excellent website with plenty of information. You will find from reviewing those websites that we are doing everything we should be doing to prevent and control the spread of lice in camp. Below is our step-by-step plan so that you are prepared when you arrive to camp.
STEP 1: Colorado Mountain Camp’s No Lice/No Nits Policy
During the initial orientation of campers to CMC on the first day, a lice screening occurs with the camp nurse and clinic staff to determine if lice, nits, or eggs are present on a camper.
If any positive cases of lice are found, we will treat the camper onsite. The camper’s parent will be billed for this service if needed. We will begin treatment immediately so that camper’s can stay in their cabins on the first night. We will also put all of that camper’s clothing and bedding in a hot dryer for 30 minutes.
We encourage you to have your campers checked for head lice at least two weeks prior to the first day of camp. If any sign of lice is found, please call your pediatrician to arrange for appropriate and immediate treatment well BEFORE your camper comes to camp and inform us that such treatment has occurred. If your camper had head lice or was exposed to it (family member, friend, etc) within four weeks of their arrival to camp, please notify us. We are committed to doing all we can to keep lice out of our community.
*Please be aware! Having your pediatrician check for lice prior to arrival at camp is NOT always a guarantee, as there is a 3 to 7 day period of gestation during which the nits are invisible.
STEP 2: Prevention Before Camp
You can purchase lice prevention shampoo before camp begins. This is completely optional and not required, but we encourage families to take preventative measures before coming to camp. We especially encourage campers who are traveling campers who are traveling by bus or plane to purchase and use the preventative products.
Additionally, you can put all of your camper’s clothing, bedding, stuffed animals, etc. in a high-heat dryer for 30 minutes prior to packing them up for camp. As long as these items don’t come into contact with anyone or anything else between the dryer and duffle bag/backpack, this may kill lice or nits that might be on their belongings that you aren’t aware of.
STEP 3: Screening Upon Arrival at Colorado Mountain Camp
When your camper arrives to camp, she will have a brief medical check-in with our medical staff, and then proceed to the lice screening station. One of the camp staff will check their hair, and any case of lice or nits found will then be verified/confirmed by the camp nurse and medical staff members.
STEP 4: If Lice/Nits are Found….
If any positive cases of lice are found, the camp nurse will treat the camper onsite with approved products stocked in the clinic. We will begin treatment immediately so that campers can stay in their cabin on the first night of camp, and the camper’s parent will billed $100 for this service. If a parent chooses not to pay for this service, he or she may take the camper home to be treated and bring them back after they are completely lice-free.
Additionally, all of their clothing and linens will be put in a high-heat dryer for approximately 30 minutes prior to being delivered to their cabin. This process kills any lice that may have survived on any of their belongings.
STEP 5: Partnering Together
We are committed to doing all we can to keep lice out of our community. WE encourage you to have you camper checked for head lice by a pediatrician prior to camp. If any sign of head lice is found, please call your pediatrician to arrange for appropriate and immediate treatment well BEFORE your child leaves for camp and let us know that such treatment has taken place. However, remember that lice have a gestational period during which they are invisible, therefore if your doctor says your camper is all clear, they could still appear upon arrival at camp. If your camper had head lice or was exposed to it (family member, friend, etc) within four weeks of their arrival to camp, please notify us.
Our counseling staff is educated by medical staff on how to check for and treat the lice, and the counselors will continue to educate the campers on preventing the spread of it.
We understand that many of you will have questions or want to contact us, and we welcome you to do so by email or phone. We are happy to answer your questions and provide any information that you may need.
Thank you for your understanding and support in helping us have a lice-free summer at CMC! We understand that all of these efforts are being made solely in the best interest of the campers, so that the may have a stress-free summer that is not interrupted by lice treatments.