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By: Jamie Flesher
Week 3 has arrived and camp is in full swing now! If you follow our facebook page you saw Megan’s earlier post about how little (E) fell running off the bus and how quick counselor Mikey was to run to her aid. What no one knows yet, is that was (E’s) second camp fall in about 3 days. She was not kidding when she said (E) falls all the time! This time I was “lucky” enough to see the fall and the exact process that Day Camp in the Park follows when there is an injured or sick camper.
In case you missed it:
Dear Day Camp In The Park–
You should know little (E) fell getting off the bus Friday- well not off the bus- while running inside. That’s not important cause she falls all the time. She’s 4 (see her skinned knee).
What you need to know is that Mike or Mikey as (E) affectionately calls him- our bus counselor- ALMOST beat me to her lying in the driveway crying. He saw it- jumped up and ran off the bus to help her. That’s not common. (A) and (E) go to a camp where people truly…care about them.
Jim our driver hadn’t driven away he was watching and so was Mike. She was SO glad he did too cause she adores him.
Thanks so much for taking care of my kids.
This time (E) had been running up by the nature cabin with little (S) and had skidded and slipped on the ground. Her knee was scraped yet again and all the counselors and CITs went running to her to help her up. She had a few tears, dusted herself off, then headed down the hill with an experienced Junior Counselor and a CIT for a “Code Nurse” to get her band-aid.
Much like the “Rainy Day Schedule” over at Day Camp in the Park a “Code Nurse” means what to do in the event a child needs to be taken from their scheduled activity to the RN in the nurses’ office. No small feat as Day Camp in the Park is on 500 acres of gorgeous land.
They have to have a plan, and they do. Should a child become injured or sick, the group follows a specific plan. It’s called the RULE OF 3. No camper is to be alone with any ONE counselor at any given time. So if a camper leaves the group, they are taken with an experienced Junior Counselor and a CIT while the Senior Counselor, second Junior Counselor, and second CIT stay with the large camp group and whatever activity Specialists are also present.
The plan runs like a well-oiled machine. There was zero hesitation. (E) fell, they all picked her up (including my son who as very worried) and off went a Junior Counselor with a CIT down to the nurse. No questions asked, no looks of now what, just here we go guys “rule of 3”. (E) got her band-aid and ice pop and was back up at nature with her group before I even had time to pick out my size for camp T-Shirts.
On Yeah. I forgot to mention that’s why I was there to begin with. I was watching as all the groups took their professional camper photos, group photos, and sibling shots. This was also the day the campers got their coveted season t-shirts. During the off-season all campers and counselors get to vote on the color of the shirt. This year they chose purple. Purple is also the color of March of Dimes. <3 <3