Quote from carachel2
I will be applying to a few camps for next summer. I have been an RN for 11 years, 2 in CCU and then 8 in cardiac rehab. I have recently made the switch to the ER. We do get a few peds cases, but a major childrens hospital is right up the road, so admittedly I am not a ped pro. I am, however, PALS certified.
1- What else can I do or should I do in the meantime ?
Also, ideally, my daughter (will have completed 1st grade) will be attending the camp....the youngest group needs to have completed 1st grade. She is somewhat independent and did GREAT at a local day camp this year but I am wondering (2) what has been your experience as far as taking your kids along ?
3- Did they have open access to you ?
4- Or was it weird having you there, but not really accessible ?
I found a book online that was slightly helpful. A search on this Camp Forum will likely give you more insight as to what to expect.
I was a Camp Nurse, for one season, about three years ago. We were in a very remote area of upstate New York. My kids were 10 (girl) and 12 (boy); the experience was incredible. We have memories that will last a lifetime. We still talk about the friends we encoutered and the experience to this day.
The "experience" is as varied as the camp and your child will allow. I would highly recommend it to anyone willing to sacrifice the time and, for me, high loss of income.
3- I saw my kids everyday but was not in control of their day t stay activities and choices; not a bad thing... but there was a certain amount of adjustment for me in not having complete choice in what they were doing. The children my children were socializing with were from a different world (priveledged and somewhat used to having the best of everything).
4- It was great having me there for them. They would come and chat on a regualr basis and I saw them for all meals (different tables) and whenever they really wanted to.
Camp mangement and rules vary greatly. Likes and dislikes at my camp is discussed in other posts you will find here at this forum. To be honest, I can say for sure, the good outweighed the bad. I did have a problem with the management and I think it was a rare situation for a summer camp to be run the way ours was run.
Good luck with you and let us know how your decision is unfolding.