Would you mind sharing what a day looks like for you at camp? Last year, I was asked to set specific times for visits to the health center (which of course remains open for emergencies at all times) but it was hard to implement as everyone is very set in their own little routines. I plan on setting more specific times this year and making them clear before the campers arrive but I am still debating on what the best times would be.
Here is what I tried last summer. Keep in mind that I am the sole person responsible of all first aid. I would love to see what others do
7:00 - Up for the day!
7:30 - Campers come in for morning meds, campers also come with all kinds of little complaints (lots of headaches and sore throats), most campers take their time and there is a big rush around 8:20 (told counsellors this needed to be fixed but nothing seems to work, ANY IDEAS!)
8:30 - Breakfast
9:00 - Campers are SUPPOSED to get ready for inspections but love to stop by :), call campers who have missed morning meds (how do you emphasised just how important it is for counsellors to send their kids at the right times?)
9:00 - 11:40 - Do admin stuff, cleaning, camping prep, etc.
11:40 - Free time for campers, lunch meds and open for all booboos
12:15 - Lunch
1:00 - Nap time, lots of campers think this is a good time to visit but staff doesn't! Do you prefer to see campers before or after lunch?
Afternoon - Do admin stuff, cleaning, camping prep, etc.
5:40 - Free time for campers, dinner meds and open for all booboos
6:15 - Dinner
8:15 - End of activities for younger campers (8-13), evening meds and LOTS OF PROBLEMS :), busiest time of the day, some campers do not come and it is hard to get to them at this time and we can't use the speakers once the kids are in bed and I cannot really leave the health center at this time (once again, how do you emphasised just how important it is for counsellors to send their kids at the right times?) I have often ended up on cabin steps giving meds after having to wake some of the youngest once I was done with the other campers.
8:50 - Lights Out for younger campers (8-13)
9:30 - Staff Meeting, will often be called to give meds to older campers, homesick kids and other issues
Closing - We don't have a set time for this since the older campers don't have a set bedtime, would it be OK to ask that they come down from their activities around 9-9:30 before the staff meeting or do you prefer they finish their activities before coming to you. In the last years, a lot of health personnel has let them keep their meds but I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO DO SO!!!
We had a lot of fevers and overnight stays this summer so always having campers and staff with little problems waking in was an issue. I don't mind taking care of sore throats but it just seems like most of the kids are looking for a way out of the activities they don't like.