Camp Health Certification

Camp Health Certified Camps are committed to excellence in many aspects of camp health care.  Below you will can review the criteria for Camp Health Certification and determine if your camp, or your child’s camp, should apply to be CH Certified.

To become certified:

  • Review the certification criteria below
  • Identify a medical liaison to attest to certification standards
  • Contact us and we will work together towards your camp health certification.

Once your camp is CH Certified, we will send you a CH Certified logo to use on your website or marketing materials.  CH Certification is a great way for current parents, prospective families and potential staff to know that your camp supports an exceptional standard of camp health care.

Certification Criteria

Staffing

Staff their health care facility full time with licensed clinicians who meet one of the following clinical training criteria.

  • Clinical experience in Emergency Medicine, Pediatrics, Internal Medicine and Family Practice
  • Camp specific supplemental experience derived from previous work in an overnight camp
  • Asynchronous camp supplemental training prior to the first summer working at overnight camp

Facilities

Has a designated well demarcated physical space specifically dedicated to receiving and treating ill or injured campers and staff

Has an emergency communication system for responding to on-camp emergencies

Environment

Has identified local health care and emergency resources, including but not limited to:

  • Local emergency department
  • Local EMS provider
  • Local Fire department

Have established algorithms for activation of 9-1-1 system and camper transportation to local hospitals via car or EMS.

Resources

  • Have Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) on camp
  • Have epinephrine auto-injectors available, at all times
  • Equipment for taking vital signs
  • Equipment for stabilizing neck injury (backboard and C-collar)

Protocols

Established protocols for initial stabilization of life-threatening medical emergencies

Medication administration safety procedures

Documentation of camper/staff encounters

Has standing orders for treatment of common camp illnesses and injuries that are reviewed annually

  • For more information on protocols and standing orders, consider becoming a CHC Member camp

Interested in Camp Health Certification?