During the summer, each camp has a licensed nurse and health assistant on duty 24 hours a day. Pine Cove employs a full-time registered nurse to supervise all summer camp nurses and health assistants and our medical policies are endorsed and regulated by a professional medical doctor. All physical camp properties are located within five minutes of a medical clinic and fifteen minutes from a trauma facility.
In addition to a health center on each camp property, we have an additional medical facility in both our Tyler and Columbus locations. Those facilities are well-equipped to handle a wide variety of medical situations without needing to leave the property during the summer.
Pine Cove's health center staff administer all medications to campers and staff. We do not allow medications in a cabin or anywhere outside of one of our health centers, except for rescue inhalers, diabetic supplies, and epi-pens. On opening day all campers must check in their meds to the health center staff when they arrive.
Hand washing is an important part of our illness prevention strategy. At youth camps we require campers to wash their hands before meals and provide handwashing stations outside of every dining hall. In addition, each physical camp provides sanitizer on the table and we do a cheer at each meal to remind campers and staff to sanitize their hands.
Dr. Lawrence graduated with a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the United States Air Force Academy. He left the Air Force in 1995 to attend medical school at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston. He currently works in Tyler Emergency Rooms and oversees a large primary clinic. He and his wife Starla have four daughters, three sons-in-law, and five grandchildren.
Shannon graduated from the University of Texas at Tyler with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has been a Registered Nurse for more than 20 years. She has a background in Women's Health and currently has a Trauma Nurse Core Certification. Shannon has been the Director of Nursing at Pine Cove since 2004. She and her husband Paul have two children.
Karolyn has spent ten summers serving as the Nursing Manager for all Pine Cove Columbus camps. She graduated from the University of New Mexico with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and has a Trauma Nurse Core Certification, as well as a background in critical care. Karolyn and her husband John have five children and live on a ranch.