Kiniya Health Center
The Kiniya Health Center is staffed by RN’s who are available to provide medical care to campers and staff at all times. The Health Center has open office hours and includes scheduled daily sick call where we often see coughs, sore throats, minor bumps and bruises, headaches and bug bites. These concerns don’t normally take a child out of an activity, but need to be addressed at a convenient time.
We use a local pediatric group, Essex Pediatrics, and the Fletcher Allen Health Care Emergency Department for campers who need physician assessment for illness or other medical concerns. We will attempt to notify a parent when a camper is taken for medical evaluation, x-rays and such. We can obtain antibiotics and other prescription items from the local pharmacy. We will contact a parent in a timely manner to keep them aware of the camper’s medical status.
Sometimes it is necessary for a camper to spend time in the Infirmary. If it is for something minor, we may not call you. If the stay exceeds 24 hours, we will attempt to call you.
In an effort to keep campers as independent as possible, we have first aid items at all activity areas and villages for minor scrapes and injuries. An R.N. is available 24 hours a day for all camper/staff health concerns.
Upon arrival, all campers and staff must deliver all medications (over-the-counter and prescription) to the Health Center. Generally, all medications must be kept at the Health Center. If you are not accompanying your daughter to Camp, a detailed letter with specific orders for your child needs to be addressed to the Health Center staff along with the medication in a pharmacy-labeled bottle with correct dose. Please double check the expiration dates of all medications sent to Camp. Please send the amount of medication that will suffice for the entire Camp experience, if possible. Vermont Law does allow children who have a life-threatening illness to carry EMERGENCY medications with them under specific conditions. This will be determined on a case-by-case basis requiring parent permission, nurse agreement and physician order. An Epi-Pen or asthma inhaler would fall into the emergency medication category. Please feel free to contact the nursing staff in advance if you anticipate that your child might need this accommodation.
PLEASE DO NOT SEND ITEMS SUCH AS Tylenol, Advil, Antihistamines, etc. We have these items in stock and can supply them to your child on a case-by-case basis.
We have found that campers often keep these items in their cabins and the Vermont State Health Department and American Camping Association guidelines clearly state that there are to be no medications stored in cabins. Again, the Health Center carries many of the commonly needed medications and can be accessed 24 hours a day. If a prescription is needed, we utilize a local pharmacy and bill the camper’s account for the medication. The prescription slip is available at the Camp office. A statement can be sent to the parent if it is needed for reimbursement purposes.
If your daughter has a food allergy, please make sure that Camp is aware of it prior to her arrival. If your daughter has a special diet (vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, etc.) please note it on the medical form. Proper nutrition is a high priority at Camp and all components of a well-balanced diet are available daily. Vitamins are not necessary unless prescribed by a health care provider.
All campers will swim in Lake Champlain this summer. Please pack water shoes (as recommended on the packing list) to protect her feet.
OUT OF CAMP EXPERIENCES (Hikes, Day Trips, Etc.)
Every time your daughter leaves Camp, her health information and medications that she will need while gone, go with her.
IF YOUR CHILD IS ILL PRIOR TO COMING TO CAMP
Please contact Camp and speak with the Director or one of our Camp Nurses. Communicable illnesses (including head lice) have been in the health care forefront and we have a protocol as well as engineering controls to follow. The infirmary will help to facilitate your daughter’s inclusion when she is healthy enough to attend.
We will attempt to meet all needs for each and every camper, to the best of our capabilities and within reason. Please know that your child’s health, safety and welfare are most important to us.
If you have any further questions or concerns, please feel free to give Camp a call at 802-893-7850.