Parent Handbook Helper: Healthcare
Feb 2, 2020
Welcome to the first of Camp Chippewa’s Parent Handbook Helpers! Through these blog posts, we hope to demystify some of the bigger portions of our Parent Handbook before your son ships off to Camp Chippewa this summer. This month’s installment will break down some of the stickier elements of healthcare at camp.
- Consistent documentation between Health History, Physical Exam, and Pack My Rx registration is very important. Your son’s Health History form is updatable until 3 weeks before his session begins.
- Please ensure to document all medications in Health History; whether supplied by Pack My Rx or the parent.
- CC prefers immunizations to be entered in Health History form; the dates are saved from year to year. If you enter them in the Health History form, no need to send another copy with the Physical Exam form. Save Paper!
- Camp must receive the original signed copy of the Physical Exam Form and the Parent Authorization Form. CC will scan and upload all PDF forms to your CIT account for you. Mail forms to the camp office in Maple Grove, MN.
- If you also choose to submit forms in CIT, Please Do Not Submit Photos of Forms. Use an app (we recommend Genius Scan and there are others) to convert photos to black and white PDFs.
- International campers may email forms to firstname.lastname@example.org
- Just like with medications, our medical staff needs time to review all health forms so please be considerate and submit forms on time. Once we get into the swing of the camp season—after June 3rd—it’s very difficult to review the forms plus it takes a lot of time to continue to send reminder emails
- Let us know if your son’s physical will occur after May 31st. We understand the restrictions health insurance has on when a physical can be performed. Keep lines of communication open.
- All camp forms are due by May 31st, regardless of which session your son is attending. This gives our medical staff time to review the forms and to make sure we have all the information we need to keep your son safe and healthy during his time at Camp Chippewa!
Pack My Rx
Who needs to use Pack My Rx?
- Any camper who takes prescription medication or daily over-the-counter medication (in pill-form only); more details below
Why are we using Pack My Rx?
- It is recommended by the American Camp Association
- It provides better documentation as is required by Camp Chippewa’s insurance and the Minnesota Department of Health
- It ensures all medications are verified by the camper’s physician
- It guarantees Camp Chippewa receives camper medications a week before campers arrive giving medical staff time to log medications and reconcile discrepancies between Health History form, Physical Exam form, and Pack My Rx, if any occur. Our medical staff can create an accurate medication distribution chart and prepare your son’s meds for his arrival
- The individual packaging makes packing and distributing medications for out-of-camp trips much easier because the camper’s name, med, dose, date, and time of day is printed on each packet
- Above all, it helps Camp Chippewa keep all campers safe and healthy while at camp
What kind of medication needs to go through Pack My Rx?
- All prescription medication in pill form and any daily over-the-counter medication. Unfortunately, Pack My Rx cannot package any kind of gummy supplement or vitamins—and Camp Chippewa will not dispense vitamins unless prescribed by a doctor. If this could be an issue for you, look into chewable substitutes. Otherwise, your son will have plenty of nutritious options while at Camp Chippewa to help him maintain a healthy diet!
- Inhalers, epi-pens and insulin (among others; all non-pill prescriptions/medications) are not required to go through Pack My Rx
- Pack My Rx cannot fill prescriptions written by any physician outside of the United States. Contact the camp office for instructions.
How to register for Pack My Rx
- If you have any more questions on how to get set up with Pack My Rx, refer to the 2021PackMyRx.pdf in your CIT account. In there you will find information on:
- How to register
- A letter for your physician explaining how to send prescriptions and medication guidelines
- Authorization form for daily over-the-counter medications, to be filled out and signed by a physician
- Registration fees, prescription insurance, and other payments
- How to register
- If you haven’t already, please register for Pack My Rx as soon as you can! We recommend starting this process 4 months before your son’s session begins. This will help avoid late registration fees and/or rushed shipping charges. If you used Pack My Rx last summer, you can log in with your email and password and select the new camp sessions for 2020.
- Please do not send any “just in case” medications to camp this summer. We have a well-stocked Health Center that will be accessible to your son through Camp’s medical staff if he should ever need anything. The only exceptions to this are Lactaid and Melatonin. Lactaid must arrive at camp 1 week prior to your son’s arrival. Melatonin must be prescribed by a physician.
- All medications—from cough drops to a camper’s prescriptions—are securely stored in the Health Center for the duration of your son’s stay.
- We have a very well-stocked Health Center. Here’s what we will have available:
- Acetaminophen (Tylenol)
- Naproxen (Aleve)
- Hydrocortisone Cream
- Aloe Vera
- Poison Ivy Skin Cleanser
- Calamine Lotion
- Bisacodyl tablets
- Pepto-Bismol chewable
- TUMS, Rolaids
- Cough Drops
- Cough Syrup
- This list is in the Health History form as well. Please contact the camp office if you’d like more information.
Pack My Rx Deadlines
- Parent Registration and Prescriptions Receipt Deadline
- May 17th
- Full Session
- 1st Session
- Badger Camp I
- June 15th
- 2nd Session
- Badger Camp II
- May 17th