Health & Safety
A successful and enjoyable camp experience begins with a healthy camper. All campers are required to have a Medical Form filled out and submitted before they arrive to camp. We understand that some parents may be hesitant to disclose information about their child’s behavior or medical history, however, we use the information that you provide to ensure that your child has the best possible experience while at camp. Prior knowledge of medical conditions, phobias, behavioral issues, recent loss or trauma, or major family changes can make a tremendous difference in helping us be understanding and supportive towards your child as they embark on their camp adventures.
Camp Summit has a fully functional Health Centre on-site. The Health Centre is where campers can go to take their daily medications, receive first aid for injuries/illnesses and chat with our Medical Attendant about any health concerns they may have. There is a 24 hour Medical Attendant on site that oversees the Health Centre and all ongoing health matters at Camp. Hospitals and clinics are located within a 25 min. drive into Squamish. For any major first aid emergency or if the first aider believes that the camper should see a doctor we will take them in and contact families immediately.
During our Summer Camp Program, Campers with allergies (food, environmental, or otherwise) that have been indicated on their medical form will be given to our Health Centre staff in advance of your child’s time at Camp. Please ensure you update the office if there are any changes to your child’s health prior to arrival at Camp. Campers with anaphylactic allergies must bring two appropriately-dosed EpiPens/Allerject auto-injectors with them to camp (one stored in HC and one on the camper at all times) Please check the expiry date on your EpiPen/Allerject prior to arriving at Camp as these must have valid usage dates. The Camp Summit site is equipped with Emergency EpiPens at various locations as back up devices that all staff are trained to use. If your child has an anaphylactic allergy please click here to read more.
Campers should not come to Camp with known communicable diseases or health nuisances (such as chicken pox, lice, viral infections, rashes, fevers, flu symptoms etc..) Please contact our office if your child has been exposed to anything communicable within 3 weeks of the start of their camp session. Together we will determine whether it is best for your camper to stay home for an extra day or so before arriving at Camp. We thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping camp a healthy and safe environment for all children and staff.
Meals At Camp
The food at Camp Summit is second to none! Our longtime Chef Marty Marquette and Baker Noni Marquette prepare appetizing, well balanced and nutritious meals that are kid friendly for even our pickiest of eaters! Meals are served “Family Style” with a complete salad bar and soup bar at lunch. Campers are always encouraged to eat well and to eat enough food to maintain their health and energy. Seconds are always available (with the stipulation that Salad/Vegetables are campers’ ‘tickets to seconds’).
The health and safety of your child is our top priority. When camp is made aware of a child's allergies, particularly food allergies, efforts are made to ensure alternatives are available. If your child has any dietary needs you must let us know on your child’s Medical Form in advance of Camp. Once at Camp, campers are discouraged from changing their dietary plan mid-session. If your child’s food allergies or dietary requirements are extensive and require major modifications, our kitchen may be unable to accommodate them completely. As such, it may be necessary for you to pack supplemental food for your child that is stored in our Kitchen for meal times. If you have any questions or concerns regarding your child’s food allergies while at Camp, please contact our office.
Camp Summit is a ‘nut sensitive’ facility. While we are unable to guarantee that our site and programs are 100% nut-free, we are actively committed to being nut-sensitive which means we take every action possible to protect children and all participants with nut-related allergies. Our kitchen does not serve food with nuts. We ask that campers do not bring any personal food items with their children that contain nuts in any form. Any food containing nuts, nut products, or which may contain traces of nuts will be confiscated and not returned or replaced.
No Lice/Nits Policy
Camp Summit maintains a strict “No Lice/No Nits” policy. During the first day health screening, all campers will have their hair checked for head lice and any camper with evidence of lice or nits will be excused from camp to return home for treatment. They can then return to camp 24 hours after treatment and will be re-checked upon their return. Please set aside a time to thoroughly check your child’s head for lice prior to leaving for camp. Head lice are very common in our communities and people can have head lice even without the symptom of an itchy scalp. We recommend doing lice checks of your child’s hair a few days to a week prior to their camp starting date. This will give your family sufficient time for treatment, if needed.
For further information about head lice and safe treatments for children, please ask your family doctor, or visit these sites for up-to-date information:
HealthLink BC: http://www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthfiles/hfile06.stm
Canadian Pediatric Society: http://www.caringforkids.cps.ca/handouts/head_lice
Risk Management at Camp Summit
At Camp Summit, our paramount concern is in the management of risks and safety of our campers and participants. Camp Summit operates under the premise of minimizing real risks (those that can do actual damage) while carefully manipulating perceived risks (those that have no real threat, but appear risky) to allow maximum growth within participants. For example, rock climbing may be perceived to be incredibly risky, but through staff expertise, high quality equipment and maintenance, and educational tools geared specifically to the age of the learner, real risk is reduced and students can gain new competencies and confidence through overcoming a seemingly impossible challenge. This is the tenant of what we do at Summit.
At Summit, our top priority is managing risks through the hiring of high quality experienced staff, detailed risk management protocols and procedures, the use of top quality, well maintained equipment, and constant evaluation. We are actively involved in the Association for Experiential Education and Wilderness Risk Managers Society to ensure that we are on top of all new industry trends in regards to risk management. Our first priority at Summit is the safety of your son or daughter. We could not operate a successful business, with so many returning school and campers, if this was not the case.
Having worked with thousands of students and most of the major schools in the Lower Mainland, we feel confident in stating that the benefits of your son or daughter's participation in their outdoor education camp far outweighs the risks. We hope you will agree with us and allow your child the personal growth and community development that will come from their time at Summit. In order to do this, we will need you to complete the Summit Acknowledgement of Risk form. This form is not designed to scare you or to suggest that we will be cavalier in our attention to your child's safety. It asks you, as a parent, to acknowledge that there are inherent risks in the activities we do at Summit. Such forms are an unfortunate reality in our society today and you have likely filled out similar forms for your children's ski lessons, gymnastics lessons and soccer camps. The most inherent risk that any of your children will do is be driven up to Summit, yet this is rarely a concern parents voice, as driving is something we as a society are comfortable with and therefore accepting of, as a risk. If you have any further questions, please don't hesitate to call us.
Please click to view a copy of the Summit Acknowledgement of Risk Form (click here).