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Top Summer Safety Tips for a Memorable and Safe Camp Season

Top Summer Safety Tips for a Memorable and Safe Camp Season

As a child, one of the most anticipated things about summer is summer camp! Aside from the joy of not having to attend school, summer camp offers a unique experience. It’s a time when kids get a taste of independence, away from the watchful eyes of their parents. They have the opportunity to make new friends and create lasting memories.

As a parent, sending your children to camp, whether for a day, a week, or longer, can be a little intimidating. At Physicians Premier, we understand the importance of creating a summer filled with happiness and cherished moments. That’s why we’re sharing our top summer safety tips to help parents and kids have a worry-free and enjoyable summer camp experience.

Ask the Right Questions

Gather all the necessary information before sending your kids to summer camp. Here are some important questions we recommend asking:

  • Who are the counselors, and what are their qualifications and experience?
  • How are the counselors supervised? Is there a clear chain of command for handling any issues that may arise?
  • What kind of staff training is provided regarding physical boundaries, appropriate language, and disciplinary actions?
  • How thorough is the staff screening process? Do the camp organizers conduct comprehensive background checks and fingerprinting? And importantly, do they verify whether potential staff members are registered as sex offenders?
  • Inquire about sleeping, bathing, and changing arrangements. Ensure that counselors, supervisors, and volunteers do not change in front of the children, maintaining appropriate privacy and boundaries.

Ensure that there is an Emergency Protocol in Place

While exploring different summer camp options, assessing emergency protocols is an important step. Though most summer camp activities are safe when properly planned, accidents can happen unexpectedly. Hence, it is essential for parents to be aware of the emergency procedures in place.

Here are some key factors to consider:

  • Make sure that you inquire about the medical staff available on-site and the designated location where your child will receive care in case of illness or accident. Additionally, you can request the camp organizers to bring your child to the nearest Physicians Premier facility if emergency medical attention is required.
  • Ask about the CPR (Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation) and AED (Automated External Defibrillator) certifications of the counselors, supervisors, and volunteers.
  • Verify that the staff is trained to recognize common summer illnesses like heat exhaustion and is familiar with the appropriate protocols to follow in such situations.
  • If your child requires medication for a specific health condition, find out who will be responsible for managing and giving the medications. It is important to meet with them personally to ensure they understand the proper administration timing and procedure.

Research the Camp’s Safety Precautions

A written health policy and prevention protocols are vital aspects to consider when choosing a camp for your child. If the camp you are considering cannot provide you with these documents, it is best to search for other options. A camp without proper health and safety measures may not be a safe environment for your child.

Ensure that all camps you consider have the following necessary safety precautions in place:

  • The camp must implement dehydration protocols, including a scheduled hourly water drinking regimen and regular shade breaks, to prevent dehydration among the children.
  • Sports camps should enforce mandatory weigh-ins and weigh-outs to ensure proper hydration and maintain a healthy weight for all participants.
  • For water sports like swimming in lakes or rivers or canoeing, the camp should provide lifejackets to ensure safety. Additionally, they must supply helmets and other appropriate gear for activities such as biking, climbing, and horseback riding to ensure the children’s well-being during these activities.

Don’t Forget the Food

Physical activity can make any kid hungry, so it’s important to ensure your child receives a balanced diet while at camp. Here are some important points to consider:

  • Inquire about the snacks provided and check if they are compatible with your child’s dietary needs.
  • If your child has any food allergies, make sure that the camp is made aware of them, and that necessary precautions are taken.
  • Verify that all food at the camp is stored at the appropriate temperature to maintain its safety and quality.

Let’s create an unforgettable summer filled with wonderful memories for all the right reasons. Physicians Premier is dedicated to collaborating with summer camp organizers, families, and kids to minimize the risk of ailments and accidental injuries. Together, we can make this summer the best one yet, ensuring safety and happiness for everyone involved.

Know that if your family is in need of emergency medical care, Physicians Premier, your ER in Portland, TX, is open 24/7 and is fully equipped to give you the care you deserve.


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