Because safety is such a big priority, we take special care when choosing our health staff. They are always present with first aid equipment at all camp activities. We have a Registered Nurse and four health assistants on staff that are available 24 hours a day, as well as a doctor on call.
Woodlands' health staff administer all medications to campers. We do not allow medications in the cabins or anywhere outside of the health clinic. The only medications the counselors may keep for a camper is a rescue inhaler, diabetic supplies and epi-pens. Please do not pack medications. All medications must be turned into our health staff on opening day upon arrival. Our health center stocks basic over-the-counter medications (Ibuprofen, Tylenol, Benadryl and Tums) and first aid supplies. It is not necessary to send these with your camper unless your child needs them on a regular basis.
We ask that the camper is "well controlled" meaning they have had consistent BS levels for the last 6-9 weeks (prior to camp), they need to know their high and low symptoms (and not be afraid to tell someone) and do not need any regular middle of the night care (BS checks, insulin doses). Some campers are fairly self-sufficient and some need more help. The clinic is attached to the dining hall so communicating and checking BS at mealtimes is very convenient. We are happy to help calculate carbs and give insulin as long as the camper is willing to communicate with the lead nurse and "having to check in with the nurse" doesn't bother them or feel like it will take away from their camp experience. We do keep records of their mealtime BS levels and insulin doses for our documentation. Some campers bring an extra glucometer to keep in the clinic and one to keep with them for convenience, but this is not required. We also have a refrigerator to keep insulin and any extra supplies. Checking BS at any point during the day is not a problem and is preferable prior to swim time and required if there have been irregularities. Keeping snacks, glucose tabs, etc. with them and in their cabin is permitted as well. Camp is definitely a more active environment than school so please keep that in mind when discussing camp with your camper's doctor and in sending instructions for correction doses, carb ratios, etc. for their week of camp.
physical and/or mental limitations
It is our desire that every child have an opportunity to attend Woodlands. However, some physical and/or mental limitations may prevent a child from having a safe and enjoyable week at camp. In regard to physical and/or mental disabilities or limitations, we ask that each child have the ability to perform all activities of daily living (dressing, eating, ambulating, toileting and hygiene) with independence. We do have handicap access to most buildings, but please notify our office BEFORE camper arrival to be sure we can safely accommodate your child. In regards to mental limitations or developmental delays, each camper needs to have the ability to understand and follow rules and instructions. Many activities at camp have an inherent risk associated with them (zip line, swimming, etc.) and require a cognitive understanding of procedure and potential dangers before participating. Your child will be expected to have the ability to follow these instructions for their safety. If your child needs assistance in any of these areas and you are unsure whether your child can safely attend camp, please contact our nurse at Julie@woodlandscamp.org.
If you have questions regarding a health concern for your child, please contact Julie@woodlandscamp.org.
Dr. George Galloway
Julie graduated from University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing and has been a Registered Nurse since 2010. She has been Woodlands' nurse and the head of the health team for 20 years. She is married to the camp director, Jon Estes, and has three children.