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Ensuring a Healthy Summer for Our Campers

Ensuring the health and well-being of our campers while they are in our care is of the utmost importance to us.  While we know filling out forms can be time-consuming, gathering information from parents and the child’s physician enables us to do that effectively.  A few weeks ago, parents received an email about forms being available on their Forms Dashboard.  Included in the list of forms was the printed Medical Form and Immunization History, which the child’s physician must fill out.

Now available on parents’ Forms Dashboard is the online Health History Form.  What’s the difference?  The printed physician form gives us the report from a child’s last physical and the list of immunizations the child has received.  The Health History is a parent’s opportunity to tell us about their child’s medical needs, social/emotional issues, food allergies or preferences, etc.  It’s a long form, but parents can fill it out in more than one sitting.

Most forms, including the Health History and Medical Form, are due May 1stWhy May 1st, when a camper may not be coming to camp until Mid-July?  Because our staff must review all forms in advance of the summer.  We need time to read them thoroughly and be in touch with parents to resolve any questions or concerns well before we welcome children to camp. Thank you to all our parents for their help in ensuring forms are submitted by this deadline.

Medication at Camp.  The Health History also asks about medications.  If a parent indicates that a child will take medications at camp, they’ll need to list them on the form. This year, we are requiring that all campers who take medications of any kind at camp enroll in a pharmacy service provided by LTC Scripts through their camp medication management program, CampScripts:  This service ensures greater efficiency and continued safe distribution of medications and adheres to best practices in medication management for summer camps.

Parents will order all medication through CampScripts (prescriptions, supplements, vitamins and/or over-the-counter medications taken on a daily basis, regular basis, or as needed – the only exempt medications are injectables). They will ship the medication to us and bill the insurance company directly.  Campers will bring home any leftover medication at the end of the summer.

Please note that this is a different pharmacy than we used last year; CampScripts came recommended by many camps, both Jewish camps in the Midwest and other URJ camps. The registration fee ($19.95 for campers staying up to 30 days) is less than the fee from the company used last year.

There’s a document on Medication Information on the Forms Dashboard that explains the program, has information for physicians, and answers many FAQs.

Thank you to our parents for partnering with us to provide a safe and healthy summer for all.