HEALTH & SAFETY
AT SOLELIM, CAMPERS' HEALTH AND SAFETY ARE OUR HIGHEST PRIORITY
At Solelim, campers’ health and safety are our highest priorities. All camp health professionals are fully informed about health issues prior to camp and they communicate with campers’ families during the summer should there be a need.
Our fully equipped Health Centre is staffed by a nurse seven days a week, from wakeup until dinner. Our nurse is responsible for administering all prescription and non-prescription medications, treating minor medical problems and monitoring health trends. When the nurse is not available, staff members trained in first aid are responsible for providing basic care.
A doctor visits camp once a week. If a camper requires a physician consultation in the absence of our doctor, campers are taken to the Medical Clinic at Four Corners in Sudbury, which is a ten minute drive from camp. We are also able to access dental and orthodontic care in Sudbury.
Camp Solelim retains the services of a social worker who specializes in working with adolescents through the Toronto District School Board. Our social worker schedules weekly camper care check-ins with our Head Counsellor and Director and is available for consultation as needed.
Camp Solelim has 911 services available and a local hospital within a twenty minute drive from camp. In the unlikely event of an emergency, campers are taken to the Emergency Department at Health Sciences North in Sudbury.
CONTACTING FAMILIES IN THE EVENT OF ILLNESS OR ACCIDENT
We work hard to make sure our campers are safe and happy all summer long, but should an unexpected illness or accident occur, our Health Centre will contact the camper's family.
Parents/Guardians can expect to receive a call if:
The camper is prescribed oral antibiotics or other medications
The camper requires an unscheduled visit to a physician, hospital or dentist
An unusually long illness or an overnight stay in our Health Centre
Prolonged homesickness or difficulty adjusting
WE DO NOT CONTACT FAMILIES FOR ISSUES SUCH AS:
Dispensing over the counter medications, topical creams or lotions
Minor cuts and scrapes
Colds and short term illnesses that do not require prescription medication
Homesickness that lasts for a short period of time
SENDING MEDICATIONS TO CAMP
Our staff will be available at the buses to collect any medication you are sending with your campers. Please ensure that you have specified the following on your Camper Health Form and submit any updates in writing to the camp office:
How often the medication should be administered
Time of day the medication should be taken
Any other notes and/or instructions for our Health Centre
Please ensure that all medication is clearly labelled with your camper’s name, the name of the medication, the prescribing physician’s name and the required dosage. All campers taking daily medication must bring their daily medication in blister packs as it enables our Health Centre staff to track whether campers are taking their medication properly. Many pharmacies offer this packaging service upon request. If a camper arrives with daily medication that has not been packaged in a blister pack, we will take it to our local pharmacy and bill the parents for this service.
All Solelim campers will be educated about sun and heat safety at the beginning of the summer – we don’t want sunburns or dehydration to cause anyone to miss out on all the fun camp has to offer. Please review the following expectations with your camper before camp:
Campers are expected to wear hats during all outdoor activities. Since hats are often easily misplaced, we recommend packing at least three to ensure your camper always has one on hand.
Campers apply sunscreen after breakfast and again during rest hour before afternoon activities. Sunscreen should be sweat proof, waterproof and offer a minimum protection of
Campers are expected to carry a water bottle with them and to drink water throughout the day. We have water stations set up around camp so there is always water available. Bottled water is not allowed at camp.
PREVENTION OF INSECT BITES
We recommend that campers wear long layers after dusk as well as insect repellents containing up to 30% DEET (registered for use in Canada). Our tents are all equipped with insect netting at all entrances and windows. As required, mosquito coils will be lit by staff at night.
ALLERGIES & FOOD SAFETY
Please make sure that we are aware of any serious allergies your camper may have whether it is an allergy to food, insects, medication or anything else. Solelim has EpiPens stationed in several places at camp, including the dining hall, waterfront, infirmary and office; however, we also request that campers who carry EpiPens bring theirs with them to camp as well. All campers with serious allergies must wear a medic alert bracelet while they are at camp. Due to the remote location of our canoe trips, and the distance from emergency medical facilities, we feel we are unable to guarantee a safe environment for campers with anaphylactic allergies. As such, these campers are not eligible to participate in our tripping program.
Solelim is a nut aware camp.
The food and snacks prepared at camp do not contain nuts in the ingredients. We do not use ingredients labelled “may contain nuts.” Our tuck shop does not contain any products with nuts or that "may contain nuts."
We understand that some campers may have dietary restrictions or requirements due to medical issues. While the elimination of certain foods from camp may not be realistic, we will try our best to make accommodations for campers who need a special diet. Please contact the Solelim office to discuss how we can work together towards meeting your camper’s needs.