The Klein Clinic, Camp Echo’s health center located on Main Camp, is staffed twenty-four hours a day by a Health Officer. All Camp Echo staff members are required to have current certifications in First Aid and CPR. When health matters require it, campers will be driven into town and seen by a local physician. Gerber Memorial Hospital in the city of Fremont is located about 15 minutes away from camp; if necessary, an ambulance will be dispatched to Camp Echo to pick up an injured person.
The Health Officer will notify parents by phone in the following cases:
- A camper is confined to the clinic for 12 hours or more.
- A camper spends the night in the clinic.
- A camper needs to be taken to Urgent Care or Emergency Room.
- A camper is injured while using Camp Echo’s equipment (i.e. horses, boats, bikes, etc.)
All medications (prescription and over the counter) are stored and locked in the Klein Clinic. This policy is for the safety and welfare of all participants at camp and to discourage misuse. This is a camp licensing requirement for the state of Michigan. Your signature on the Health Form authorizes Camp Echo to provide emergency medical care. Alternatively, a parent or guardian may sign may contact the Camp Echo Office to complete a Do Not Treat and/or Incomplete Immunizations Waiver.
We want your child to have a successful camp experience. So if you child takes a medication to help them while at school and/or when interacting with others, we highly recommend that the medication should also be taken while your child is at camp. This is recommended practice from the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Association of Camp Nurses, and the American Camp Association’s Healthy Camps initiative. In our experience, campers who continue on the same year-long health regiments in the summer are more successful while at camp. }
Medications for Rangers, Pathfinders, and Adventure Trips will be held and dispensed by their leaders as per instructions. They may also administer non-prescription medications to teen campers as needed. Parents who circle CALL FOR OTC PERMISSION on the Health Form should be aware that in the wilderness context, the counselors with the group are the first line service providers and phone permission to administer non-prescription medication may simply not be possible.
If you anticipate bed wetting will be a problem, please consider talking with your pediatrician about medication to help with this while at camp.
Counselors will encourage their campers to apply sunscreen prior to exposure to the sun and to re-apply sunscreen throughout the day, and to apply bug repellent and put on long pants and shirts prior to outdoor evening programs or hiking in our woods. We keep an additional supply of sunscreen and bug spray with DEET in our health clinic so that it is available for use at any time. Above all, counselors are trained and encouraged to watch out for campers who show signs of skin irritation, and to send campers to the Health Officer if they show signs of illness.
There is poison ivy at Camp Echo. We do our best to eliminate it from areas frequented by campers, but we can’t get it all. Please note any history of significant reaction to poison ivy in the allergy section of the Health Form.