Health & Safety
The health and safety of our campers is top priority. All of our Camp Birchwood for Boys counselors have current Red Cross Certification in Lifeguard Training, Professional Rescuer CPR, First Aid and Wilderness First Aid. Each trip group carries a well - stocked first aid kit. If, while on a trip, a camper needs medical attention that is beyond the expertise and certification level of the instructors, the instructors will contact the camp director and decide on a course of action. All trips leaving camp are equipped with a GPS device with emergency contact capabilities or a cell phone, depending on their route, so contact with camp or medical professionals is always available.
Once camp and emergency services have been contacted a plan will be prepared to transport the camper to the nearest hospital. In the event of serious injury or illness, parents of the campers will be notified as soon as possible by the director. Parents will also be called if staff have questions about your campers health, or if there is an ongoing minor health problem that the parents should know about.
Campers who suffer from asthma are allowed to carry their personal inhalers with them at all times. Otherwise, all medications are locked up and dispensed by trained staff. While out of camp on trips, Birchwood Counselors keep all medications in their possession and dispense medications as directed to your child. All medications or prescriptions must be sent to camp in their original pharmacy containers.
If you choose not to obtain a physical examination by a medical professional for your son prior to participation in Camp's activities, please understand the physical fitness needed to participate in activities such as hiking, biking, canoeing, kayaking and rock-climbing. To assure a safe and healthy experience for your son, please call the camp office if you have any concerns regarding the physical activity needed to participate in any of Camp's activities.