- Before choosing a camp, parents should evaluate their child’s interests, skills, and overall well-being to make sure the child can effectively participate in a particular camp environment.
- Parents should also medically and psychologically prepare their child for camp, and work with their pediatrician, camp health providers, and administrators on a pre-camp health evaluation.
- Camp administrators should follow specific health policies and procedures addressing both major and minor injuries and illnesses, and train staff in proper storage and administration of medications.
- Camps that have an automated external defibrillator (AED) or other emergency medical devices such as epi-pens or inhalers should keep them in easily accessible locations and ensure that medical staff are properly trained in their use.
- Because of the recent H1N1 influenza pandemic and cases of methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), the revised statement also includes a recommendation that camps should have an emergency management plan for infectious outbreaks and encourage good hygiene/hand-washing practices among campers.
The American Camp Association® (ACA) works to preserve, promote, and enhance the camp experience for children and adults. ACA-Accredited® camp programs ensure that children are provided with a diversity of educational and developmentally challenging learning opportunities. There are over 2,400 ACA-accredited camps that meet up to 300 health and safety standards. For more information, visit www.ACAcamps.org .