Quote from cp710
My daughter went to Camp Shane from August 1-5 of 2005. I was so disappointed with them. Would you be interested in telling me why it was your worst job?
Stressed out mom!
Sorry you and your daughter found out about Camp Shane from experience (like I did!)
This was my first camp nurse job, so I didn't know what to look for. I was told I would be paired with an older nurse who had a lot of camp nursing experience. Turns out this older nurse had done some volunteer work at other camps but hadn't really done 'nursing'. No med passing, etc. She didn't know how to organize meds, organize the office, etc. So it was up to me.
We truly needed twice the employees we had there. Even though we tried to 'close' the Health Center periodically, when a truly sick camper came to the front door, I couldn't just turn her away. So we ended up working round the clock. I woke up one night to find a camper standing next to my bed, staring at me! I was so exhausted, I had not heard the bell.
Also, there are a lot of campers there with psychiatric issues. I've never seen so many kids on multiple psychotropics. Some of those meds caused the weight gain they were struggling with. We were not equipped to handle many, many of those campers. There were a few guidance counselors available but they were on overload, just as the health center was.
The medication passing was a disaster. We had to take boxes of meds to each age-group area, along with water and cups. (Not enough water sources at that camp, either.) The cabin counselors weren't much help in rounding up the campers. Occasionally a camper would just skip coming to get his meds, or he would put them in his pocket to take 'later' with meals. We didn't have time or staff to stand and watch each camper take his medication. That was a disaster waiting to happen.
Finally, I gave 2 weeks' notice and left. As I said in my earlier post, I was exhausted and sick when I got home. Slept for a week. Wish I could spread the word on Camp Shane, but would probably get in legal trouble.
I recommend looking on epinions.com for reviews of this camp and others. There are a few rave reviews which the camp owner probably had his office staff send in. The real reviews are by the ticked-off parents and campers who wasted their money and time at Camp Shane.
What was your daughter's experience there?