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Your In-Depth Guide to Medication at Day Camp

by Pine CovePosted Jun 11, 2020


Updates for Summer 2020

We’ve created this post for summer 2020. Enjoy!

Safety at Pine Cove is a big deal. Especially medical safety. We put a lot of time and energy into training our camp staff and medical staff to provide the highest level of care possible when it comes to storing, giving out, and overseeing medication. Meds, understandably, bring with them a number of questions. We’ve put together this guide to help you know what’s what when it comes to camper meds.

If you have additional questions or concerns about your camper’s medical care, email us at

How do I tell you about my camper’s medical needs?

The most important place to communicate about your camper’s medical needs is the camper’s medical form. These forms become available to fill out a month before your camper’s camp session. You can access this form in your account.

If this is your first summer, you also filled out a short medical concerns form as part of your registration flow. This was for bigger picture concerns, like diabetes, and informed our medical staff at that time of your camper’s specific needs.

Where can my camper keep their meds?

To protect the safety of all campers from having access to meds, all medications must be kept at the health centers. This applies not just to campers, but also to our staff, so there’s no possibility of a camper getting into a staffer’s belongings and accessing medication.

Exceptions are made for rescue inhalers, diabetic supplies, and epi-pens. Just be sure to mention your camper will need to carry these things with them on the medical form.

What meds should my camper bring?

Please leave all non-prescription medications other than allergy medicine at home for the week. We’re well stocked with everything else they might need! See a full list of the medication we keep on hand at the bottom of this guide. Continue to pack your over-the-counter allergy medications (so much pollen at camp!) and turn those into the nurse. These include Flonase, Zyrtec, Claritin, Allegra, and more. Save the hassle of packing the rest. 

When are meds given out?

Medication is given out at lunchtime from Monday to Friday.  If your camper needs meds outside of lunchtime, please make sure their schedule is communicated when you drop off their medications.  Where possible please make sure that medication is given before your campers arrive or after they are picked up.  

How should I pack my camper’s meds?

Make sure you keep all prescription medication in its original container. It’s easy to get carried away when you are packing and put loose pills in a baggie or meds into pill sorters but resist the temptation! State regulations require all medication to be in their original containers so we cannot make exceptions.

Anything else important about meds?

Speaking of state regulations, we also cannot administer prescription meds that are:

  • Expired. All medication must be currently valid.
  • Prescribed to other people. Medication must be prescribed to the camper only and not other family members. If dispensing instructions have changed, please ensure the label is updated by the pharmacy.
  • Compounded or mixed at home. We can administer medicines that have been compounded or mixed by a pharmacy, but we cannot administer medicines that have been mixed or compounded together at home.
  • Broken in half. We cannot administer medicines that are cut or broken into smaller doses than prescribed.

Regulations require us to follow the directions on all medicines unless we have a note from a physician authorizing something different. So if a bottle says it is for adult use only and it is checked in for a ten-year-old, we cannot administer it.  If you request a higher dosage than what is listed on the medication directions, you’ll need a doctor’s note for that.

What about essential oils?

Due to the already large amount of medicines tracked and given out during the week, we do not administer essential oils to campers. Please do not send them in your camper’s belongings.

How do I get my meds back?

On Friday you can pick up your meds from the meds pick up table. Please don’t forget! Bring your photo ID so we can verify we are giving the meds back to the right person.

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