Our Health Hut is staffed by an RN 24 hours a day when camp is in session. A local pediatrician visits camp once a week to consult with the Nurses and to see any campers who may need additional diagnosis or medical care (e.g., prescription medication). If needed, the Transylvania County Hospital is 12 minutes away.
All of our counselors are required to be First Aid and CPR certified. They also undergo an epi-pen training during their staff orientation. Lifeguards are regularly drilled in lake-safety, and our Archery, Riflery and Gymnastics instructors are required to be safety-certified as well.
All campers must complete a detailed health history form (which asks about allergies, immunizations, medications, emergency contact information, and special medical needs), a recent physical examination, and permission to treat form.
The Health Hut is stocked with necessary over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies. All trips out of camp are equipped with a first-aid kit. The nurses organize and dispense all camper medications, including PRNs, over-the-counter remedies and vitamins. If your daughter goes on any trips out of camp, the nurse will send the necessary medications with the trip leader. Here’s a note from the American Camp Association about the use of long-term psychotropic drugs (Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, etc):
“Children should avoid elective interruption of these medications while in a camp environment. Most children treated with medication for behavioral or emotional problems benefit from continued use of medication at camp. Learning new skills, listening, following directions, building relationships, and having the same opportunity for success is paramount for these campers.”
The most common injuries at camp are small scrapes, bruises and bug bites. You can help your camper stay healthy by encouraging her to wash her hands regularly, wear bug spray and sunscreen everyday, cough/sneeze into her elbow (not her hand), and use hand sanitizer throughout the day. Also, encourage her to wear flip flops only in the shower. Camp has a lot of uneven terrain and shoes that stay on the feet are the best prevention against twisted ankles.
The camp nurse will contact you if your daughter has to spend the night in the Health Hut for any reason, if she needs to see the camp pediatrician, or if she receives any medical attention outside of camp. If medical care is required beyond what camp provides (e.g., prescriptions, hospital bills, or doctor office visits), the associated charges will be transferred to you. In many cases, you will be responsible for filing medical bills with your insurance company for reimbursement.
Direct phone to the Health Hut nurses: 828-877-4572
The best time to reach the nurses: 10-11:30 am, 2-4pm, 7:30-9pm.