As we tell campers often at Camp, “hydration equals happiness!” We encourage girls to drink plenty of water each day, and we keep an eye on the temperature. On warm days or during events when girls will be standing in the sun, we make sure to provide plenty of water (or sometimes Gatorade) to encourage them to stay hydrated. Make sure your camper has a water bottle clearly labeled with her name on it so she can keep it close on hot summer days!
We also stress the importance of frequent hand-washing at camp. In a community of three hundred, with plenty of high-fives, fist bumps, holding hands, and arms slung around shoulders, germs can travel fast. We provide hand sanitizer before each meal and encourage girls to wash their hands as often as they think about it.
These measures work wonders to keep campers at their best throughout the term.
If a camper has a fever or any contagious illness, she may have to stay in the Health Center overnight. The nurses live in the Health Center, and will take great care of her. Her counselor(s) may visit and bring some of her things from her cabin, as well as notes from her cabin mates. Visits from other campers are not permitted, in order to prevent the spread of illnesses around Camp. As soon as she is back in good health, she’ll be sent back to her cabin to resume her normal Camp schedule.
The Camp Doctor and Nurses are equipped to deal with most camper aches, pains, and accidents. If a camper’s Medical needs are beyond what our Health Center can provide, we will take her to a medical center in Fort Payne, Alabama, or to Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, depending on her specific needs and the recommendation of the Camp medical staff.
We will be sure to contact a parent or guardian in the event of a medical emergency.
We generally do not notify parents when a camper spends the night in the Health Center. We will only make a point to notify you if she has had a fever for several days, or if it looks like she needs to see a doctor outside of Camp. If you get a letter from your daughter telling you that she had an overnight stay in the Health Center or some other medical concern, feel free to check in by calling the Camp Office or sending an email to Phil or Sarah.
If your child is prescribed medication by the Camp doctor, the cost of the prescription will be charged to your daughter’s camp account. Your medical insurance will be billed if your daughter needs to go to the hospital or see a physician other than the Camp Doctor. Please include all insurance information in your camper’s Health History form.
In a large community of girls who live in cabins with one another, we stay vigilant about preventing an outbreak of head lice. To begin with, please be sure your daughter does not come to Camp with head lice. A health check will be provided for each camper upon arrival, and you must remain at Camp until your daughter has been checked and cleared.
If your daughter is suspected to have has head lice or nits on Opening Day, you will be asked to take her to the Health Center for a second screening. If she is found to have lice, you will need to take her home (or somehwere nearby) to treat her until she is free of all lice and nits. She will need to be checked and cleared by a Camp Nurse before she can move into her cabin. If your daughter flies to Camp, please be prepared to travel and pick her up immediately if she is found to have head lice or nits.
The only way to control the spread of head lice is to prevent it from the start. We appreciate your assistance with this.