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Health & Safety

Safety First

At Camp Highlander, we understand that you’ve trusted us with the most precious part of your life - your child - and that is why safety is our top priority.

Camp Highlander has maintained the highest standards of safety through our facilities, programs and qualified staff for more than 60 years.

In addition to the proactive approach we take toward the health and safety of our campers, we have a caring, qualified health care staff available to tend to the needs of your child while away from home. We have full-time registered nurses, working 24 hours a day, whose sole focus is the health of our campers and staff members. They administer daily medications and provide professional health care treatment for any camper or staff member who needs it.

We keep you informed

Although we hope your child will never need to visit our Health Hut, we are committed to our communication with you as a parent in the event that medical attention is needed. One of our nurses will contact a parent or family member in the event of the following situations:

  • An overnight stay in the health hut
  • If your child needed to see a physician in town, get x-rays or lab work
  • If your child was unable to participate in any activity due to an injury or illness

Camp Highlander is only four miles from our on-call physician, eight miles from an urgent care facility and 15 miles from Pardee Memorial Hospital should an emergency situation arise.

Health Forms

All campers are required to have a health history form and a physician’s examination completed prior to participation in camp activities. These forms must be completed and turned into our office by May 1st. Any changes to your child’s health condition, medication, or insurance information after the form has been submitted should be given to the office so our records can be properly updated. Please visit Preparing For Camp for more information.


We require that all prescription and over-the-counter medication be packaged in blister packs or unit-dose packaging, which can be ordered online from Amazon. Just search for medication blister packs.

This type of packaging prompts for the day and time of each dose. Parents are responsible for making sure campers arrive with their medicine properly packaged. Other medications such as liquids, inhalers, creams and ointments should also be individually labeled.

This medication packing program is required. This system is designed to standardize our medication procedure and improve the efficiency of disbursement. This allows our nurses to have more time to devote to the well-being of your child.

All camper and staff medication must be stored in the Health Hut during the summer. The Camp Highlander Health Hut stocks standard over-the-counter medications such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, antacids, antibiotic ointments, Cortaid, Band-Aids, etc… Therefore, it is not necessary to bring these medications/items to camp.

For any special needs (such as an allergy to bee stings), please speak with the nurse on opening day of the session to make arrangements. DO NOT MAIL MEDICATIONS OR PRESCRIPTIONS TO CAMP.

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Food Allergies

We offer our campers and staff a variety of delicious and nutritional food options at every meal. Many of our campers, however, have dietary restrictions due to health concerns and/or food allergies, and we are happy to oblige our campers and staff in every way possible. Whether it’s peanuts, dairy, gluten or a highly-selective diet, our kitchen staff will gladly offer alternative options to meet the needs of all our campers and staff members. We simply ask that you contact our camp office prior to arriving at camp to discuss your child’s dietary requirements and help us develop a plan to best serve them.


Because our camp program has a potential for communicable diseases, we recommend that program participants are appropriately immunized for, at minimum, the following diseases: tetanus, mumps, measles, rubella, polio, pertussis (whooping cough), and diphtheria. This being said, we recognize that some individuals may not be fully immunized for reasons that are biophysical (e.g., the individual is allergic to a serum component) or of personal choice (e.g., faith belief). A signed refusal or a signed waiver form must be provided for individuals who are not fully immunized.