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Health

Everything you need to know about Health and Medications at Keystone

The Inn

Keystone has two registered nurses who live on the camp property and are available to us 24 hours a day. They are responsible for dispensing any medications your daughter may need while she is at camp. We also have a physician who makes weekly house calls to camp to address any minor problems with our campers. The Transylvania Regional Hospital is only 10 minutes away if an emergency arises. Should your daughter need to be seen by a specialist, we will arrange an appointment for her. You will be responsible for paying all medical bills promptly. (The services of the camp infirmary and weekly visit from physician are furnished without charge).

Absolutely no medications are allowed to be kept in the cabin; they must be turned into the nurse on opening day. This includes vitamins and any over-the-counter drugs. We also keep almost every over-the-counter drug in stock, so unless your daughter needs something daily or on a regular basis, please leave it at home. Our nurses will administer all medications at the time they are needed, and in the case of an overnight trip the nurse will make arrangements with your daughter’s trip leader.

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Our nurses will contact you for the following reasons:

  • Your camper has fallen from or been stepped on by a horse
  • A decision has been made that your camper will be seen by the camp doctor, either here on site, or at a doctor’s office
  • At the conclusion of the visit with the doctor
  • A child has spent or will be spending the night in the camp infirmary
  • There is a questions with a medication or treatment
  • A child has an allergic reaction

During our staff training all of our staff becomes First Aid and CPR certified as well as undergo epi-pen training. The majority of our staff is also Lifeguard certified and are regularly drilled throughout the summer to keep our waterfront activities safe. Note: The local doctors’ offices will not file insurance claims for campers. We will keep copies of all receipts, so you can file any claims yourself.

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Medications at Camp

A medication is anything taken to treat or manage a condition or symptoms on a daily basis. This includes all prescribed medications, daily over-the-counter medications, and supplements including daily vitamins. All medications must be kept in the infirmary with the exception of secondary epi-pens and inhalers, or prescribed dermatological creams.

To ensure each camper’s health and safety we require a prescription for all daily medications including over-the-counter medications, vitamins and supplements. For example, if your daughter takes an over-the-counter Zyrtec and a multivitamin daily, your doctor or licensed provider must write a prescription for both of these and it should be filled according to our guidelines. This may require a call to your child’s physician, but most are willing to work with you on getting this done for camp.

Keystone Camp requires that all prescribed medications, daily OTC medications, and all vitamins/supplements be blister packaged and dispensed according to our guidelines.

In order to make opening day run smoothly we ask that you have the medications blister packed before your daughter’s arrival at camp. This can be done through our local Brevard pharmacy, Gordon’s Family Pharmacy, or at home through some locally owned pharmacies. It has been our experience that large chains such as CVS or Walgreens do not offer this service, so please plan accordingly. Should your daughter’s medications not be packaged according to our guidelines when you arrive at camp, a parent will be responsible for packaging upon arrival at the Infirmary. This may take away time from unpacking your camper or saying goodbye to her, so please plan to arrive at camp with all medications prepacked in blister cards. All campers that will be taking a medication daily at camp or on an as needed basis should plan to visit the infirmary with their parent on opening day.

Please see Preparing Medications for Camp for further detailed instructions.

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How to Put Medication in Blister Packs

In order to provide safe medication administration to all campers, please follow the guidelines below. All prescribed medications, over-the-counter medications, and vitamins/supplements should arrive at camp packed in a blister pack (30 day unit dose) with the prescriptions on the blister card. This can be through our local pharmacy, or through a local pharmacy in your hometown. Please see below.

Step by Step Instructions