Health & Safety

The health and safety of campers and staff is our top priority. Our trained and licensed healthcare team is available 24/7 to support the needs of our camp community. We maintain an environment that encourages safety at all times.

A Healthy, Safe and Caring Camp Environment

Camp Mont Shenandoah provides excellent healthcare to all campers and staff in The Pill Box, our well-equipped healthcare facility. Our dedicated healthcare team is committed to promoting a healthy, safe, and caring camp environment to foster the physical, mental, social, and spiritual well-being of our campers and staff. A licensed healthcare provider — doctor, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse — is onsite 24 hours a day to oversee medication administration and the management of minor illnesses and injuries. Our Camp Physician consults closely with the onsite provider to order treatments and medications as needed and routinely visits ill and injured campers and checks on the general well-being of the camp community. Program Staff are trained and certified in CPR and First Aid. All campers are required to have a completed electronic medical record (EMR) healthcare profile in our database, CampMinder, prior to arriving to camp. This profile includes a health history, emergency contacts, permission to treat form, and physician’s examination form.

In the event your daughter should require additional medical attention, there are nearby healthcare facilities, including Bath Community Hospital in Hot Springs, Augusta Healthcare System in Staunton, and Middlebrook Family Medicine/Raphine Medical Associates. In the event it is needed, the Millboro Area Rescue Squad is available to provide emergency transportation.

We are equipped to handle many healthcare situations and diagnoses. However, if your daughter has a particular or unique physical or mental healthcare diagnosis, dietary restriction, treatment regimen, or developmental delay, please contact our office to see if we are a suitable match for her to ensure that we can safely and respectfully accommodate her needs while at camp.

We stock the Pill Box with basic prescriptions and some over-the-counter medications which we can dispense as needed per the standing orders of our camp physician. Parents may opt out of the use of any of these medications in their daughter’s Campminder EMR. Any medications brought to camp must be accompanied by a physician’s order.

Camp Mont Shenandoah contracts with a licensed mental health professional to act as our Wellness Coordinator to provide support, feedback, and conflict resolution strategies to campers faced with challenging situations or if they’re simply having a rough day.

Parents will be contacted by our healthcare provider if their daughter receives any treatment in the Pill Box that is not considered routine, including overnight stays, testing positive for communicable disease, the experience of a first menses, tick removal, head injury, or evaluation and treatment from an outside medical provider.

Our medical policies and procedures are based on current guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the Virginia Department of Health (VDH), and the American Camp Association (ACA).

In addition to our excellent healthcare policies and procedures, our risk management policies and procedures are equally as important. We remain vigilant in assessing and addressing any safety issues found on the camp grounds or in our buildings to ensure your daughter’s safety.

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