Our Infirmary is staffed by registered nurses and a physician throughout the summer. They screen minor complaints, provide first aid, and administer and dispense medications as needed.
Anything taken to treat or manage a condition or symptoms is considered medication. All medications must be kept in the Infirmary. Except for second inhalers for asthma, second epi-pens, and prescription dermatological creams, campers are not allowed to keep medication in their cabin, including pain relievers, vitamins, and other over-the-counter medications.
To improve the efficiency and accuracy of administering medication at camp, Falling Creek has specific guidelines for how medications are handled at camp. We require all of your child’s prescription(s) and any over-the-counter oral medications, taken on a daily basis, to be packaged and dispensed according to our guidelines. Any medications taken on a DAILY basis require a prescription for camp, including over-the-counter medications. For example, if your son takes Claritin every day, your doctor must write a prescription for it and it must be filled according to our guidelines. Call us well before your camp session begins so we can spend ample time answering your questions and allow time to find solutions.
Please complete the Medication Management section of the online Health Form in your son’s CampInTouch account to let us know how your son’s prescription(s) will arrive at camp so that we are prepared to follow-up accordingly. Again, compliance with our medication policies is required.
All tablet and capsule medications are to be filled by a pharmacist in a specific type of unit-dose (blister pack) containers based on the time of administration, and include the prescription label on the package. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications taken on a daily basis. If your son takes over-the-counter melatonin or Zyrtec, daily, as an example, the doctor must write a prescription and it must be filled and packaged according to our guidelines. Most doctors understand this and are happy to write a prescription.
We use 30-day unit-dose packaging at camp. If a 30-day supply of medication is sent to camp, unused medication is returned to you. Inhalers, creams and ointments, epi-pens, and liquids can be in their original packaging but must be individually labeled with the pharmacy prescription label.
Medications taken on an “as needed” basis, such as migraine medicine, do not require unit-dose packaging but must be in the original packaging with a prescription label. Common medications such as pain relievers, antihistamines, eardrops, wound ointments and creams, and antacids are stocked in our Infirmary. You do not need to bring such medications to camp. Due to variances in personal preferences, camp staff will not provide or apply insect repellent. Your son may bring his own insect repellent and apply it himself. Please contact a director should you have any questions or concerns.
Following are flexible options to help you meet camp’s medication guidelines. Please indicate this preference in the Medication Management section of the Online Health form:
Option 1: Use Falling Creek’s pharmacy:
You may mail or have your physician fax/e-scribe your son’s prescription(s) for camp medications, including prescriptions for any over-the-counter medications taken on a daily basis, to our local pharmacy, Whitley Drugs in Hendersonville, NC. Whitley Drugs personnel will fill the prescription(s) in unit-dose (blister pack) packaging and have it delivered to camp by Opening Day. Also, please complete the Whitley Drugs Camper Information Form included in your CampInTouch account and return to Whitley Drugs via fax or mail. There is a fee per child for this convenient service as described in the Pharmacy Packet. Please be sure to complete this process and your information form for Whitley Drugs 30 days prior to the start of camp. Whitley Drugs will process your insurance.
Option 2: Use your local pharmacy:
Ask your local pharmacist to package a supply (enough for the length of the camp session, including Opening/Closing Days) of any prescription and over-the-counter tablet and capsule medications (prescription required), taken on a daily basis, in unit-dose (blister pack) containers that meet Falling Creek guidelines (see next section).
Option 3: Use your local pharmacy, Falling Creek provides packaging:
If your pharmacist does not have unit-dose packaging available but is agreeable to packaging it in a medically approved container, we will mail you the materials to take to your pharmacist for packaging based on information you provide in the Medication Management section of the online Health Form. Your pharmacist will not package medication that is not being filled by them based on a prescription. Again, even over-the-counter medications, if taken daily, must be prescribed by a physician for camp.
You may need to fill a prescription for camp before your son’s next refill is available insurance- wise. Your pharmacy may have to do a “vacation override” to satisfy the insurance company. Whitley Drugs can work with your insurance company regarding vacation overrides, too.