Daily medical care is provided by the Camp Health Provider in accordance with standing orders from our Camp Medical Director. Medical staff are available 24 hours a day in the Infirmary. Physician consultation is available 24 hours a day.
Anything taken to treat or manage a condition or symptoms is considered medication. All medications must be kept in the Infirmary, campers are not allowed to keep medication in their cabin, including pain relievers, vitamins, and other over-the-counter medications. (The camp Health Provider may make an exception for back-up inhalers for asthma and prescription dermatological creams). Medications may only be taken in the presence of the Infirmary staff and are typically given after breakfast, lunch, dinner and before bedtime.
All medications should be in their original containers, and placed in a bag labeled with your camper’s name. Medications with dose and time they are taken must be listed on the camper’s health form. Please double check that you have enough medication for the entire session at camp (and a few extra doses are always a good idea just in case)!
The Infirmary staff may administer other nonprescription medications according to our standing orders if needed by your camper during their stay, provided you have not indicated an allergy to such medications on the Medical Form. You do not need to send over the counter medications not expected to be taken on a daily basis as these are stocked in the infirmary.
Illness and Injury
If your camper shows any symptoms of illness before coming to camp, please notify us.
First aid kits are kept in all program areas as well as in the campers’ living areas, and are also carried on hikes and overnight campouts.
For non-emergency medical treatment, campers are taken to the infirmary, where minor first aid can be administered. Parents will be contacted if their child spends the night in the infirmary.
In the event of a more serious injury or illness, the camper will be taken to a local clinic or hospital, and a parent will be contacted. In these circumstances, we will make every attempt to contact you in advance to give you the option to bring them in for care yourself. If you cannot transport your son/daughter yourself or in case of emergency, we will transport them to and from the hospital or doctor’s office. Any expenses incurred (doctor or hospital fees, medications, etc.) will be the responsibility of the parents/guardians.
Camp Ajawah staff will make every attempt to create a positive experience for your camper in the event of injury or illness. However, in the event that we are unable to accommodate a camper who is ill or injured, parents must have a firm plan prepared to arrange for their camper’s pickup by someone authorized in advance on the registration form or through subsequent correspondence. The parents, emergency contact, and/or other authorized pickups must be available to pick up their camper if deemed necessary by the camp staff.
Chronic Medical Conditions and Camp
Please note that Camp Ajawah is a physically active, highly independent camp setting. If your child has medical problems that you are unsure can be handled in this type of a camp setting, please contact the Camp Director who will put you in contact with the Camp Medical Director to discuss their specific case.
Because some medications take 4-6 weeks to reach a therapeutic level, please speak with a director if your child’s medication has been altered within two months of the start of camp. Additionally, ADHD medications can have the same benefits for your camper in the camp community as it does in school. Helping him or her focus in activities or diminish impulsive behavior in social situations could give the same advantage to succeed at camp.