The American Academy of Pediatrics policy statement on creating a healthy camp experience states, “camp experience has been proven to have a lasting effect on psychosocial development, including significant effects on self-esteem, peer relationships, independence, leadership, values, and willingness to try new things.”
It continues, “it should be noted, however; that inclusion of children with disabilities and other special health care needs may require establishment of additional assessments and services and that camps designed to serve that population of children and adolescents specifically will be equipped differently.”
MedCamps of Arkansas is uniquely qualified and “equipped differently” to make the camp experience beneficial for your patients who have specific medical requirements.
However to make this successful, campers not only need the support of their parents and camp staff, they must have the support of their primary care physician. MedCamps require open communication about camp activities and camper’s medical history. A pre-camp physical is vital to this process.
In addition to helping your patients become happy campers, MedCamps of Arkansas is always looking for trained medical staff who are willing to volunteer their time and talents. If you would like to be involved, contact medcampsarkansas [at] gmail [dot] com.
You can also mail your contribution to:
MedCamps of Arkansas, Inc.
P.O Box 55592
Little Rock, AR 72215