Health & Special Needs

To provide our nurse with the necessary information to take care of your child while at camp, we ask that all campers bring along the Last Minute Medical Sheet, together with their medication (labelled). Click here to download the form.

If your child has a potentially life-threatening allergy (anaphylaxis), please fill out the Anaphylaxis Emergency Plan and bring with (or send with) your child to camp.

Health Information

One of our top priorities is the health and safety of all our campers.

There is a centrally located health center (The Med Shed) which contains equipment and supplies to handle medical and first aid needs of camp, and is a place where treatments are provided and medications are dispensed.

There is one Registered Nurse or Registered Practical Nurse on staff for the summer. They collect, store and dispense all camper medications. Health promotion is an important part of camp life and that means taking care to ensure our campers have sunscreen, remain well hydrated, use bug spray and practice regular hand washing. Treatment of minor illness or injury is carried out in compliance with medical directives as approved by our Camp Physician and also Standard First Aid/CPR guidelines. All staff members are also trained in Standard First Aid and CPR. Accident and emergency procedures are established and implemented with annual training for all staff.

Should the need arise for more urgent medical care, Markdale Hospital is located less than 10 km away. For all health issues that arise at camp that require more than a Tylenol, band-aid, or side-hug we make every attempt to contact parents in advance of any treatment.

Special Needs Policy

The health and safety of campers is one of our top priorities. Campfire is not equipped for special needs campers. We accept these campers on a case-by-case basis. Generally, campers who can provide their own personal care (toileting, dressing, bathing), can interact cooperatively in groups, can walk moderate distances, do not require electrically-powered assistive devices, and do not require one-on-one care can attend camp. We recognize all situations are unique and should be assessed based on the individual needs of the camper. If any of these items are a challenge please contact the Nursing Committee at [email protected] before registering for camp. We want to ensure that the camp experience will be safe and positive for your child.