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2014 camp work thread

  1. 0 Hi all, I just signed my 2014 contract, negotiations went very well., I will be returning to Camp Indian Head for my fourth season. IHC is a residential camp, of about 600 campers and staff. It is located in northeastern PA, with a 7 week season. We have no special needs that would not be found in a normal school population. I thought I would start another work thread. So please feel free to post anything about getting or having a camp job in 2014. As always I hope to increase communication across what seems to be a very isolated field. If you don't feel comfortable posting the name of your camp, please post any details you feel able to share.

    If your new to the field you may want to check out some of the suggested reading on allNurses A camp nurse job description and info piece. http://allnurses.com/camp-nursing/ca...ng-885302.html
    For an excelent article on how to choose a camp, please see: http://allnurses.com/camp-nursing/ch...mp-826577.html
    If you have already secured employment you may enjoy my article http://allnurses.com/camp-nursing/10...ns-834613.html

    Good luck , I hope to hear from you all.
    Last edit by NRSKarenRN on Jun 7, '14 : Reason: spacing
  2. Visit  big al lpn profile page

    About big al lpn, LPN, EMT-B

    big al lpn has '9' year(s) of experience and specializes in 'Home Health, Camp, LTC'. From 'Harrisburg PA'; 28 Years Old; Joined Dec '09; Posts: 475; Likes: 751.

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  3. Visit  Erikadawn RN profile page
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    I hope to be returning to Camp Vacamas in West Milford, NJ. This will be my 6 th year, I started as an Lpn and now I'm an R.N. Now I just volunteer a few days a week for my childrens tuition. I have a full time job, but my children enjoy returning every summer. They usually need nurses, so I can guess they can be Google for any one looking for a job.
  4. Visit  big al lpn profile page
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    I don't like to let people go in blind. We have had some nurses pop when they get to camp and figure out its not all bandaids and tummy aches.
    Last edit by DidiRN on Dec 30, '13
  5. Visit  Erikadawn RN profile page
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    Yes I think that's just camp nursing. We have had nurses who want it to run like a doctors office, that is not the case. We take the good and the bad and try to have a great summer. I love camp nursing though
  6. Visit  katierobin23 profile page
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    Quote from big al lpn
    Hi all, I just signed my 2014 contract, negotiations went very well., I will be returning to Camp Indian Head for my fourth season.
    That's in honesdale right? I'm hoping to make it back to Towanda this year! Such a beautiful area!
  7. Visit  big al lpn profile page
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    Yep on 191 before Equinunk. If you go back I would love to meet in town, or tour camps. I have heard a lot about Towanda, but I haven't seen it except in the movies
  8. Visit  CloudySue profile page
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    Big Al came out to meet up w me at Chestnut Lake a few summers ago. It was a lot of fun to meet an Allnurses peep in person. Someday I have to get up to Indian Head for a tour! Now I'm in Milford, at Camp Netimus, so it's a bit farther away from Honesdale.
  9. Visit  teeniebert profile page
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    I'm hoping to go back to Camp Anna Behrens and Camp Sakakawea, both Girl Scout camps operated by Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. 2-3 weeks training, 6 weeks at Anna B., and 3 weeks at Saki. Camp Anna Behrens is where I went to camp as a kid--it's my first home (I was gonna say second home, but I like camp better than any other place I've lived). It'll be my 6th season as camp nurse but only my 3rd consecutive season. I sometimes go off and get a "real job" but I always come back.
  10. Visit  SnowShoeRN profile page
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    Quote from teeniebert
    I'm hoping to go back to Camp Anna Behrens and Camp Sakakawea, both Girl Scout camps operated by Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore. 2-3 weeks training, 6 weeks at Anna B., and 3 weeks at Saki. Camp Anna Behrens is where I went to camp as a kid--it's my first home (I was gonna say second home, but I like camp better than any other place I've lived). It'll be my 6th season as camp nurse but only my 3rd consecutive season. I sometimes go off and get a "real job" but I always come back.
    Oh how I wish wish wish my childhood Girl Scout camps - Camp Near Wilderness and camp Yaiewano - were still in operation. I loved being a camp nurse this past summer at a different non-girl-scout camp, but I'd also love the chance to be at one of my old camps.

    I hope you have a wonderful summer, teeniebert.
    Last edit by SnowShoeRN on Jan 21, '14 : Reason: grammer
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  11. Visit  CampNurse1 profile page
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    We sure are a mighty small club! I like it! I am one of the very few full time camp nurses, I think. I doubt that there are more than 25 or 30 of us nation-wide. As it is, I have the luxury of getting ready for camp now. Applications are rolling in, MARs are being prepared, I'm busy beating up vendors, etc. My goal is always to have my nurses come in, get oriented, and sit down for check-in, with all of their paperwork done, apartments sparkling clean, health center stocked and ready.

    I wish you all the best of luck!
    Last edit by Silverdragon102 on Jan 24, '14 : Reason: pm to member
  12. Visit  Dembitz profile page
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    I'm thinking about doing camp nursing for a week or two over the summer. Camp is a 3 week session and a 5.5 week session, but they take nurses for shorter periods of time as available. The camp is located in Western North Carolina. Any idea what typical salary is for 1 week of camp nursing (mostly just curious, that's not a make or break factor)?
  13. Visit  big al lpn profile page
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    In general the salary for a camp nurse is between $50-$100 per day worked. This varies by region of course but up in the north PA south NY region that's what I found.
  14. Visit  CloudySue profile page
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    I finally spoke with the owner of my camp this week to discuss my employment this year. Last year the one thing I often mentioned to her was that I really wanted to be more involved w camp life, to get involved w activities sometimes. Before I was a nurse, I was a teacher, so I always have great ideas on things to do and am very interested in getting to know the campers and establishing rapport. Believe it or not, our head nurse actually discouraged developing rapport with the campers, she felt it encouraged them to be frequent fliers. So I ended up feeling quite isolated and lonely, I felt like everyone else, staff and campers alike, was having so much fun while I watched from the Health Center porch. The other nurses were perfectly content with this lifestyle. For me, I was dreading another lonely summer and planned to cut back my commitment from 5 weeks to 3, so my girls could still get some camp.

    So the owner came to me with a brand-new plan for me... She would like me to staff the Health Center overnight every night (it's a small camp and seldom are there many middle-of-the-night disturbances) but during the daytime, she wants to use me elsewhere in the camp, kind a multi-purpose person. My role as of yet is to be defined better, but we discussed me overseeing the arts and crafts dept (my big forte), driving shuttles to local trips (waterskiing, etc.) and other driving duties, working alongside counselors to plan their night activities and color war, helping out in the office, and whatever else they might need. Because I'd be doing the overnights in the HC, I'd have mornings off to sleep in if need be.

    I was all ready to tell her I was going to work less weeks this year but this new position changes everything for me! I agreed to 4 weeks. I know it'll be a crazy pace, but that's really what camp is about. I'm finally excited about going back this year!
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