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Camp Health Officer - Camp Independence
A special place for children and young adults with spina bifida and other neurological disabilities.
The camp program is designed to teach life skills, foster independence, build confidence, teach leadership and increase self-esteem. Located near Fox Lake in northern Illinois, Camp Independence offers one-week residential camp sessions in the summer and weekend winter retreats.
The camp is situated on 300 acres, and a 90-acre, semi-private lake called Fish Lake. The Camp Independence building is a state-of-the-art facility with two dormitory-style sleeping rooms, several fully-accessible bathrooms, and a full basement for activities and storm shelter. Meals are served in the beautiful Great Room or in the main lodge. Campers will enjoy three nutritionally balanced, “camper friendly” meals daily and an evening snack. A five-station high ropes course, indoor Olympic size swimming pool, large sport fields, kayaks, basketball courts, campfire ring, and a 48-ft climbing tower are a part of the exciting program and facilities.
The Overnight Camp Health Officer is a seasonal position. Under the direct supervision of the Camp Director, the Health Officer is responsible for proper health care and first aid for campers and staff.
Scope and Responsibilities:
- Collect all campers and staff medication keep them locked up and dispense as directed
- Perform a wellness check all campers & staff for communicable diseases, health problems, illnesses as directed in the written health procedures.
- Collect and file all camper and staff health forms.
- Maintain all first aid kits.
- Maintain standing order medication and report medication or supply needs to the camp director.
- Maintain daily treatment log.
- Be readily available for first aid emergencies and other contingencies.
- Secure proper treatment for campers and staff requiring a Doctor's or hospital attention.
- Give a brief health check to campers leaving the camp property for overnight trips. Make sure accompanying staff members have necessary first aid information, daily and pm medication, first aid orientation and health forms.
- Contact parents of camper requiring physician's attention, overnight stay in health center or whenever is deemed necessary.
- Issue written health information to all staff of campers requiring medication and special allegories so that staff are aware.
- Report any incident to the camp director. All incident reports are filled out by camp director.
- Observe and advise camp director and staff on health, disease, sanitation and cleanliness issues.
- Must have a Bachelor's degree in Nursing or equivalent education experience
- Must be licensed by the state as a RN, EMT, or LP
- Must have current CPR and First Aid Certification
- Must have 1-3 years of nursing and/or related experience
- Prior camp experience is preferred
Child Abuse Prevention:
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required