Since the NorthBay experience is designed to make a big impact on children’s lives, we want to give you answers to any and all questions you may have about your child’s experience and the lessons they will learn, so that you can reinforce, and feel confident in, their NorthBay Adventure.
Please browse the information below to find answers to the questions most guests have.
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What to Bring to NorthBay and what not to bring!
Health, safety, and wellness are top priorities at NorthBay. The following are some of our most commonly asked questions and their answers
Our NorthBay Wellness Center is staffed 24 hours a day by either a nurse or EMT. Common or small injuries, such as bruises, bumps, and splinters, are treated and your child is returned to normal activities. Fevers, vomiting, and other more serious illnesses may require your child to be sent home or to the nearest hospital: Union Hospital of Cecil County.
In addition to the nurse and/or EMT staffing the Wellness Center 24 hours a day, all NorthBay educators and counselors receive annual training in basic first aid and CPR and can assist in the event of an emergency.
You must complete a Medication Form for each medication brought to camp before your child arrives. Without a Medication Form, we will not be able to administer any medication to your child.
Your doctor is unavailable due to vacation or maternity leave, there should be a doctor on call who can sign the Medication Forms. If you are in the process of changing doctors, please have the doctor who prescribed your child’s medication sign the forms. If your doctor is simply late in returning the signed Medication Forms, you may send the medication to camp and send the completed forms as soon as your child’s doctor signs them. However, we cannot administer medication to your child until we have the completed and signed Medication Forms.
ll medications are kept in the Wellness Center and administered by NorthBay Wellness Center staff. Unless otherwise instructed, medications are given at mealtimes and bedtime
We strongly encourage that medications be given at meals or at bedtime, as medication due at other times of the day will require your child to be removed from or miss out on camp activities.
Medication is administered according to the laws and regulations of the Maryland Board of Nursing. NorthBay also establishes additional medication and safety rules.
To self-carry, your child must have permission from his or her doctor and undergo an assessment by the NorthBay nurse upon arrival at camp. We must also receive the completed Medication Forms, containers, and labels.
Your child must have a completed Medication Form with his or her doctor’s signature to take over-the-counter medications like Tylenol or Motrin at camp. If your child has frequent headaches or pain, please have a Medication Form completed before the start of camp authorizing any over-the-counter medications your child may need. Do not send over-the-counter medications with your child in a plastic baggie or pill carrier
The NorthBay Wellness Center stocks a variety of common over-the-counter medications that can be administered to your child as long as it is authorized on his or her Medication Forms.
Yes. Please complete a Medication Form for any medications your child might need while at camp, even if he or she hasn’t needed that medication in awhile. Outdoor activities can trigger allergies and asthma.
Typical meals include hot dogs, hamburgers, soups and sandwiches, and lasagna. Lunch and dinner usually consist of a main dish and two sides, plus dessert. For breakfast, your child has the option of a hot prepared meal or cold cereal.
Please specify your child’s dietary needs or restrictions on the NorthBay Health Form so that we may prepare special vegetarian and alternative meals (such as pork-free meals).
Please specify all food allergies on the NorthBay Health Form so that we may plan alternative meals for your child. Because the variety of alternative meals available at NorthBay is limited, we recommend that you send a small supply of food that you know is safe for your child.
If your child has a one-on-one aide in the classroom, NorthBay will work with you and your school to determine who will provide assistance during your child’s stay at camp. Ultimately, it’s the school’s responsibility to meet your child’s one-on-one needs while at NorthBay.
If you provide us with a copy of your child’s IEP or 504 Plan, we will do our best to follow the parts of the plan that are applicable to our program.
Campers with documented medical conditions who can’t tolerate heat or cold are welcome to rest in the Wellness Center as needed. Since most of our curriculum is taught outside, your child should dress appropriately for the weather.
Campers with documented medical conditions will be transported in a golf cart or off-road vehicle.
Please have your child’s doctor complete the NorthBay Management of Diabetes Form before your child arrives at camp. If your child uses an insulin pump, you must complete an additional Medication Form.
Children with diabetes are carefully monitored by the NorthBay medical staff, including supervised blood sugar checks and the administration of insulin if authorized by a Medication Form.