Camp Nursing – Circles of Care is written by Mary Casey, BScN PHN, an experienced camp nurse and award-winning author.
This handy, comprehensive, reference book includes an extensive chapter, Treatment Guidelines, which includes accepted procedures on illness and accidents. The content and principles presented in apply to all camps.
Over the past year a Lyme Disease Stakeholder group, headed up by the Ontairo Ministry of Health and Long Term Care involving many stakeholders from across Ontario, including the Ontario Camps Association, has been working towards the creation of Lyme Disease training and education tools.
The following information was created to help bring awareness and education on Lyme disease which you may be dealing with this summer:
Posters and fact sheets they can be can be ordered from:
Toll free within Canada: 1-800-668-9938 (TTY toll free within Ontario: 1-800-268-7095)
The International Camping Fellowship is happy to announce a special opportunity, made possible by Markel Insurance and the Educational Alliance between ICF and the American Camp Association, for a free webinar with Bob Ditter on Tuesday, April 19, 1:00 p.m. EST, and you are invited! The webinar will be presented in English.
Learn new ways to work with challenging camper behavior. This highly practical webinar will provide you with simple and effective ways to work with children who struggle making the adjustment to camp life.
In this webinar you will learn:
The “prognostic indicators” that guide your decision about continuing to work with a camper versus sending them home.
Bob Ditter is a highly-recognized child, adolescent, and family therapist from Boston, Massachusetts, USA. He is a nationally recognized trainer and consultant for organizations that work with young people. He has been called “camping’s most articulate spokesman” because of his work with children’s summer camps since 1982.
Limited registration is now open to ICF members! To reserve your space, click here. Select ‘Register’ in event status.
ICF extends a big thank you to Markel Insurance for offering this special opportunity to you, and we hope many of you will register! This is time sensitive! Register now!
Camp Nursing-Circles of Care is a popular and useful resource for camp nurses across the country.
Written by experienced camp nurse and award-winning author, Mary Casey BScN PHN, Camp Nursing-Circles of Care gives an overview of the multi-facetted job of a camp nurse. Spiral-bound for convenient reference, the book includes fifty pages of Treatment Guidelines, the accepted procedures for illness and accidents. The content and the principles presented are applicable to all camps.
The Summer Camp Health Initiative is a project developed by four medical students at the Northern Ontario School of Medicine. They are also keen, experienced campers. Their focus is on health promotion and injury and illness prevention at summer camps.
Current programs include a first-aid training program for camp staff and a research study into injury and illness at camp.
Camps can join SCHI and access the information and benefits at no cost.
Sanofi Canada has announced a Voluntary Nationwide Recall of Allerject.
For more information please click on the following link: http://sanoficanada.mediaroom.com/2015-10-28-Sanofi-Canada-Issues-Voluntary-Nationwide-Recall-of-Allerject-Due-to-Potential-Inaccurate-Dosage-Delivery
Thank you for your time and attention to this information.
Dr. Clive Schwartz, Assistant Professor Paediatrics University of Toronto, Developmental Paediatrics, The Hospital for Sick Children and 13 year Camp Physician, presents all Canadian camps with a practical challenge.
Dr. Schwartz is challenging ALL camps that make and serve food to decide whether they continue to use products in their kitchens with a significant Saturated and/or Trans Fat content for frying and baking or heed his recommendation to consider the available alternatives.
To help us he provides this link to his teaching notes: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s1daq8oe1le12t4/AAA-tJlmR5W0p4LFLh8pA1Aba?dl=0
Please let us know if you are going to take the “Know Your FA(c)TS” challenge this summer. We would welcome your feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pearl Bell & Bev Unger
Ontario Camps Association
As the summer approaches, families are thinking about the risk of measles and summer plans. I know this hot topic is also on the minds of camp directors as we read and hear new reports about measles out breaks and a small panic rises in us – “what if we get measles at our camp?!”
With proper knowledge and planning, the risk of infectious or communicable disease outbreaks at camp can be decreased and your ability to handle the situation heightened.
Fact sheets from your own region’s public health department are only a click away.
The camp’s Health Care Custodian should review every health form to screen for those who are NOT immunized or who are immunosuppressed (such as people undergoing chemotherapy).
Immunization dates should be provided for every camper and staff. If they are not, it is recommended that efforts be made to obtain the dates of immunization.
Develop a policy that clearly states the procedures your camp will follow if an individual is suspected to have measles (or any other communicable illness).
To ensure the health and safety of everyone:
I am pro vaccination; however, I support and understand individuals’ decisions if they choose not to vaccinate. We worry about our population who are not vaccinated but remember that vaccinations are not 100% effective. There is a small population who, although fully vaccinated, could possibly come down with the illness. With this in mind, we need to be monitoring and assessing everyone who shows any signs of illness.
Make sure you have health staff on hand who are knowledgeable and able to identify the signs and symptoms of measles (or any communicable / infectious disease). Early detection will mean less exposure and a better ability for your camp to handle any issues that may arise.
Non- immunized or immunosuppressed individuals
Follow your camp crisis response plan and notify your provincial association
Report to public health
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
World Health Organization, Measles 2015: