Medication Management: 13 Common Questions from Camps — And Their Answers

Each spring, the American Camp Association (ACA) experiences an increase in the number of questions from camps regarding the management and administration of medication at camp as they plan for their upcoming season. Working with doctors, nurses, and other health care providers, ACA has created solid educational resources for any camp (see Resources section below). The following literature review of ACA materials provides the answers to camps’ most popular questions.

Managing, Monitoring, and Administering Medications at Camp

The phrase “medications at camp” brings to mind different scenes for different individuals. Camp nurses may remember a favorite camper clutching a Ziplock bag (the gallon size!) packed full of asthma medications, on opening day. Parents may envision a pharmacy stocked with rows of bottles: pills ready to be dispensed to their child for this ache or that pain. A trip leader may recall a first aid kit containing over-the-counter remedies for headaches and blisters. Each is a valid scenario, evidence of different aspects of medications at camp.