I recommend joining the Association of Camp Nurses (ACN) (www.acn.org
) which is a very cost-effective way to learn a great deal about camp nursing. See if the camp will pay for the membership! It benefits them to have you practicing as well as you possibly can. ACN has a quarterly journal that, among other things, includes camp-related continuing education for nurses.
Regulation of camps varies state by state, so there is no "blanket answer" to many camp nursing questions. However, it's also important to know if your camp is American Camp Association (ACA) accredited, because then in the absence of state regulations, you are held to ACA standards. www.acacamps.org
is the website. ACA has fantastic resources, as well.
IMHO far too many camps just kind of "wing it" with nursing care, and this is terribly wrong. Unlike hospitals, which are run by healthcare people, camps are generally not run by healthcare people, and the directors often literally don't know an RN from an LPN from an EMT.