What precautions are taken regarding Lyme’s Disease?
Posted on September 23, 2015
We follow a four-stage program to reduce the probability of a tick attaching itself to a camper and possibly causing Lyme’s Disease:
- Daily, each camper is observed by her cabin counselor for purposes of noticing any rashes, infected bug bites, sores, or other unusual skin conditions. If anything of concern is noted, the counselor makes a note on the camper’s daily health check form that is reviewed by the Camp Nurse at breakfast daily. The Camp Nurse then follows up as appropriate.
- Campers involved in activities outside of the core and mowed areas of Camp, such as nature walks, are informed at the meal preceding that activity to wear appropriate clothing (long pants and sneakers) and apply bug lotion to exposed skin just prior to participation. The activity instructor reinforces this procedure at the time of the activity. We suggest loose fitting, light colored pants, which can be tucked into a camper’s socks if necessary.
- Campers involved in overnight tenting activities such as a cabin or Outdoor Living Program overnight take the same precautions as #2 above, plus visit the Camp Nurse for visual inspection for ticks upon their return to camp.
- In all activities, where any sports equipment (soccer ball, field hockey ball, softball, Frisbee, etc.) goes into brush or an unmowed grass area, staff retrieve the equipment, not campers.
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