This year Mia asked to go away to sleep away camp! I couldn’t believe it at eight years old she’s always been so independent but this was a whole new level. With Ian being from the East Coast, it was normal for kids that age to go away to sleep away camp. All of her friends were going away and with this being something she really wanted to do,I agreed. We did our research and found an amazing camp on the East Coast that she couldn’t wait to get to. Letting her go and be in the care of somebody else has been one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to do. I feel better knowing that if there was an emergency I have emergency transport service in place with Medjet. Thanks to http://Medjetassist.com they have put together a survial kit for us moms to give us the tips we need to feel better about our babies being away!
Mom’s Summer Camp Survival Kit:
5 Tips to Ensure Your Child’s Safety During a Summer Adventure
No parent wants to keep their child from an exciting summer adventure, especially one that requires kids to sleep away from home and learn a little about standing on their own two feet. Whether it’s an overnight camp with hiking and rafting excursions or an out-of-state Boy Scout or Girl Scout backpacking trip, summer camp adventures can be the highlight of a child’s year, even if they send us as parents into a panic, worrying about all of the things that could go wrong.
While your child may not think twice about the dangers involved in their summer adventure, as a parent it’s our jobto be prepared for them. But by following some simple tips and asking the right questions, you can ensure that your child is taken care of should any unexpected mishaps happen while your child is under the care of a camp counselor or trip leader.
Talk with the camp nurse about your child’s medical needs
If your child is heading off to overnight camp, make sure to talk to both the camp director and the camp nurse about your child’s medical needs. If your child takes a prescribed medication, ensure that you can send him to camp with enough meds to cover the length of his time away. At almost all sleep away camps, the camp nurse will dispense your child’s medication when needed, but if camp will take your child out into the woods or wilderness, where there isn’t a nurse on duty, ask about what their protocol is for storing and dispensing medication while on an excursion. Is the camp counselor or trip leader responsible? When you have a clear understanding of who is in charge of your child’s health in these situations, you can make sure he gets the medication he needs, when he needs it.
Know the emergency medical protocol
Whether your child is competing in a camp event or backpacking with a group, it’s important to have a conversation with the organizers about their emergency medical protocol. Do they have a step-by-step plan in place for dealing with a medical emergency? If so, what is it?What is their level of training in wilderness first aid? If, for example there is a fire, or earthquake or flood, is there an evacuation plan? While these examples may be extreme, making sure the leadership has planned for worst-case scenarios ensures that your child is in good hands, and can help relieve your worries.
Don’t rely on cell phones
If your child will be adventuring in the outdoors, make sure to ask the camp or organizational leadership if they’ll be heading anywhere that is out of cell phone range. Cell phones, are critical for calling for help in a disaster, but if they won’t work, what’s the plan? Will the leadership carrya satellite phone or an emergency beacon? If they’re relying on radios to communicate, what is the protocol should an emergency call come into base camp? Who is on the other end of that radio call, and what are local emergency capabilities? Knowing that emergency communication is possible, and who would respond to that emergency, no matter how remote your child happens to be, will give you peace of mind.
Consider your child’s location
When your child adventures away from home, it’s good to do a bit of research about medical facilities in the area. Is there a good search and rescue crew that can be deployed should anything go wrong? What is the location of the nearest hospital and emergency room? If your child will be in an extremely remote location, what is the closest medical facility that can handle the type of trauma typical of outdoor adventures—sprains and broken bones, snake bitesor head trauma from falls? Does the excursion leader know the location of this facility and the most efficient way to reach it?
Once at the hospital, what is your plan?
If your child does have a medical emergency during his orher summer adventure, what is your plan once they havearrived at the hospital? If the hospital can’t give them the kind of care they need, how will you get your sick or injured child to the most qualified hospital, or better yet back to your home hospital? In order to have complete control over your child’s health, consider an air medical transport membership like MedjetAssist. In the case of hospitalization, most health insurance (or travel insurance if traveling internationally) evacuation provisions will only get your child to the “nearest acceptable facility,” where quality of care may not be acceptable to you, and the risk of capping out on travel insurance caps, or the cost of traveling to and remaining in another city to be with them, may seriously impact you. With an air medical transport membership, available for as little as $99, you’ll be able to provide additional protection for your child, ensuring that you can get your child where he or she needs to go without any hassle or additional expense.