Camp Prep #6: Camper Care & Medical Teams

CYJ Prep - Camp Young Judea Texas

Shalom, Parents!

Welcome back to the WimberLead, your weekly news source for camp preparation. This week’s topic: CAMPER CARE AND MEDICAL TEAMS!

They say that laughter is the best medicine. While your children can expect great amounts of laughter this summer, we prefer more traditional and scientific methods of wellness. Keeping your loved ones both physically and emotionally healthy is our highest priority, a subject we cover in this week’s WimberLead.

Much like other classic duos, such as Lennon and McCartney, Starsky and Hutch, or Fey and Poehler, this talented team is greater than the sum of its parts, working to keep your kids happy and healthy, so they can fully enjoy all that camp has to offer.

Camper Care

Better known as the “Camp Moms”, this 3-person team is dedicated to supporting your kids’ emotional well-being.  Like a Jewish Bat Signal, a parent question about their child sends our Camper Care team into action, reaching out to campers and their staff to get you answers. Our team not only helps campers, counselors, and parents navigate any issues that may arise, but also works proactively with the counselors on inclusiveness and effective strategies for managing kids of all ages.

If there is anything our staff and Camper Care team should know to best support your child, please make sure that you have included it in your child’s Camper Profile. The more we know, the more effective our staff can be, the more fun your children will have, and the better you’ll sleep at night. (I don’t think we need to sell you on the value of a good night’s sleep.)  Those forms can be edited even after you’ve submitted them, so please add any missing or additional details this week before we finalize the Camper Profiles.

Medical Care

Our full-time Medical Care team consists of 2 nurses and 2 medical assistants, along with doctors who visit throughout the session. Our health team will administer all medications and treat all minor injuries and illnesses.  

Things our nurses will contact you about:

  • Overnight stays in the Health Center
  • Repeat visits for a recurring issue
  • A routine or emergency service requiring a physician visit outside of camp
  • New prescription needed
  • Positive COVID test/exposure to someone who tests positive  

Things our nurses will not contact you about:

  • Cuts
  • Scrapes
  • The latest episode of “Grey’s Anatomy”

Pre-camp tips to help the Medical Staff on Opening Day:

  • Double check your Health History Form.  ALL medications MUST be listed on your Health History form.  Make sure that any medication is listed on your child's Health History Form WITH THE CORRECT DOSAGES. The dosages on CampMinder should match the instructions on the prescription bottle from the pharmacy that you bring to camp. IF THESE DO NOT MATCH, WE CANNOT ADMINISTER THE MEDICATION.  Like the Camper Profile, this form can be updated even after it’s submitted, so please review it ASAP.
  • Please do not send over-the-counter medications, unless it is something your camper takes daily (like Zyrtec, Claritin, or Melatonin). We have most everything in stock. To allow us permission to give as-needed over the counter medications to your children, please click the consent in your Health History Form. Click here for the list of those OTC (over the counter) medications that we provide if needed (please note that this is only for those OTC meds that are taken as needed, not those that must be taken daily)
  • Please pack ALL allowed medications together in one Ziploc bag (they’re not sponsoring us although they really should be). You will be able to give these to the nurse during check-in on Opening Day. Include in the bag written instructions (don’t write on the bag, it’s too hard to read and it smudges.)  Make sure that all prescriptions are current and that medicines are in their original packaging.
  • We will not accept gummies or liquid medications unless there are no alternatives. Please contact the nursing staff if you need to request an exemption for a gummy or liquid. 

While you are always welcome to call us, the best way to reach us at camp is by email. Your questions are best documented in your words, and our internal system ensures that emails are followed up on in a timely manner.  Email us at one of these addresses:

  1. info@cyjtexas.org (Camp Office Staff): The Office will handle questions about CampMinder, logistics, and transportation.  
  2. campercare@cyjtexas.org (Camper Care team): Though they will respond as soon as possible, please keep in mind that they are out and about with your campers most of the day and do not always have immediate access to emails. 
  3. nurse@cyjtexas.org (Health Center): The nurses can answer any medical questions or concerns that you have.

If you aren't sure who to email, use info@cyjtexas.org and your questions will get routed to the right place.

We will do our best to reply the same day to all emails received before 5:00 PM. Please keep in mind that our offices are closed for Shabbat, so give us a little extra time to get back to you then.

We invite you to join our webinar on Thursday, May 20 to learn more about the Health Center.  This call will NOT cover COVID, but any other medical related questions.  You can sign up HERE.

As always…If you have any questions at all as you get ready for camp, let us know:  info@cyjtexas.org or  713-723-8354.  You can also search our  Knowledge Base to learn more about not only our Camper Care and Medical teams, but anything else you need to know as you get ready for camp.  Next up in the Camp Prep series:  Meet the Merkazim (Unit Heads)!

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