Camper Health and Safety

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Your Camper’s Health and Safety is our Priority

Our Nurse’s Station is staffed 24/7 during camp, by a Registered Nurse who is available for consultation with our Day Camp team. If needed, the Gerber Memorial Hospital is 15 minutes away. All of our Day Camp counselors are required to be Waterfront Lifeguard, First Aid and CPR certified. They also undergo an epi-pen training during their staff orientation.

Camp Newaygo regularly reviews all COVID-19 recommendations as published by the Center for Disease Control, American Camp Association, and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.  For Summer 2021, this will include creating an outdoor program that minimizes indoor activities, programming in small groups and limiting contact between groups, wearing masks, implementing other social distancing expectations, and regularly sanitizing equipment. Specific procedures and expectations will be updated and modified as more information becomes available.

The Nurse’s Station and Day Camp is stocked with necessary over-the-counter medications and first aid supplies. All trips outside of camp are equipped with a first-aid kit. Day Camp Staff carry, organize and dispense all camper medications, including PRNs, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins. Our Camp Nurse will contact you if your camper has health concerns while at camp, or receives medical attention outside of camp. Even though we are always prepared for the worst-case scenario, any camp nurse will tell you that the most common injuries they treat are small scrapes, twisted ankles and mosquito bites. You can help your camper stay healthy at camp by encouraging them to wash their hands regularly, wear bug spray and sunscreen everyday, and cough into their elbow. Also, encourage campers to wear shoes that provide proper support and wrap around the back of the heel (exceptions for the waterfront). Camp has a lot of uneven terrain and shoes that stay on the feet are the best prevention against twisted ankles.  

Please be as forthcoming as possible with your camper’s health information. If your camper has a special need Camp Newaygo cannot accommodate, we will be happy to find you a summer camp that would be a better fit for your family.