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Students having fun in the pool.

Health & Safety

To view and complete all health forms, please click here on Camp Login to access your camp account. Once there click on “Forms and Documents.”

General Health and Safety

  • We have a Registered Nurse on duty from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • All health forms must be completed and submitted no later than June 1st in order for your child to attend camp. All campers must have a completed emergency contact form at the camp so that we may know whom to call should the camper become ill. It is critical that these forms be kept up to date.
  • All campers must have a health history form completed on an annual basis by their parent/guardian. This is necessary as a camper’s health status may change.
  • All campers must carry accident insurance to cover injuries that might occur at camp. The camp does not provide such coverage. In the event that a family does not have medical insurance, all costs will be directly billed to the family.
  • A signed immunization certificate from a physician must include the month, day, and year of immunization.
  • No medication (prescription or over-the-counter) may be administered at camp without an original physician’s prescription and signed parental consent. Any medication must be delivered by a parent/guardian in a sealed, original pharmacy container, in a sealed bag with the camper’s name, group, and weeks clearly marked on the outside.

In the Case of A Mildly Ill Child:

  • Should a camper fall ill at any point during the day, the child’s counselor will escort him/her to the health office to be examined by the camp nurse.
  • The camper will be made comfortable by ensuring all of his/her needs are met (food, water, rest, comfort, reassurance).
  • No prescription or over-the-counter medications, other than stated in standing orders, will be dispensed without a physician’s order and written parental consent.
  • If the child has a fever greater than >=101 or the camp nurse deems the child is too sick to participate in camp activities for the remainder of the day the parent/guardian will be notified immediately.
  • It is the policy of the camp that children may not attend the program while ill. Parents are responsible for picking up the child from camp as soon as possible.
  • If a parent/guardian cannot be reached, persons identified as emergency contacts on the camper’s health record will be notified.
  • In the event that a parent cannot arrange for the child to be picked up from camp in a timely manner, the child will stay with the camp nurse until pick-up occurs.
A camper having fun on the bouncy castle.
A camper amazed at the amount of soap bubbles around her.

Group Sizes for a Fun and Safe Time

The average number of campers per day is around 125, while our group size is between 10-20 campers. Our counselor to camper ratios are 1:5 for children 3-6 years old; 1:10 for children 7-12 years old. Special needs campers the rations and campers with mild needs the ratio is 1:4 for children with severe needs the ratio is 1:2. These are the minimum ratios we will have and we often exceed those ratios.

Some campers are outgoing and energetic, while others are shy and reluctant. Our counselors can ensure that each child, regardless of disposition, learns and grows from the DCDC experience. Parents remark that they love the intimate feeling on campus and are surprised when all the counselors know all of the campers by name, even those who are not in their groups!

Come to Camp Prepared!

Lather up With Sunscreen:

We run an active summer camp where children will be outside. While we take sensible precautions on extremely hot days, children will inevitably be exposed to sunshine. Please make sure that you apply sunscreen to your child every morning before camp, and send an extra bottle for application after his/her swim lesson and during lunch. Please clearly label sunscreen or bug spray along with your child’s name and group and place it in his/her backpack. Our trained staff will help your child put on lotion if they are not able to do so themselves, but they are not solely responsible for sunscreen application.

Warm Up, Cool Down, and Stay Hydrated:

At our camp, we have a balance of outdoor and indoor activities. Campers can enjoy being active outdoors, but then cool off in the shade of the trees, in the pools, or in the air-conditioned classroom building. There are water fountains located throughout the building. Campers are also encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to camp.

Dedham Country Day Camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the Dedham Board of Health.

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