The preparedness plans and resources in My Resource Kit will help you organize information about your child (or yourself) and prepare camp staff most easily. The staff will not have access to a medical record so you’ll want to give them as much as they need in easy to read forms. Your child's doctor will also be asked to complete camp specific forms.
Visit My Resource Kit and print off the following forms as you prepare your child for camp. Fill them out as completely as possible. Take them to the doctor and ask him to fill out relevant sections. Make plenty of copies and give forms to the appropriate camp staff. In most situations, this will be the camp director and nurse or doctor. The My Seizure Plan is a working document that all people who will be working with your child should have access to.
You can also create a Seizure Plan from your online Epilepsy Diary. Go to the Report section of your Diary and click on My Seizure Plan. You can also print out a Medicine Organizer, a report of your child's seizures, and your child's health history. This information, together with the Camp Medical Supplement and the Camp Checklist, will help prepare camp staff for your child's camping experience.
- My Camp Medical Supplement: This form gives parents a place to add relevant information about their child’s seizure history in more detail. Complete this form in advance and make sure that the medical staff or nurse has time to read it and talk with you about your child’s needs. This information will serve as a basis for developing your preparedness plan.
- My Medicine Schedule: Use this form to write out exactly what medicine your child takes and how it should be given.
- My Health Care Team: Staff at overnight camps may need information about how to reach your child's health care team. Use this form to make it easier to organize contact information. You will still need to complete medical release forms for each provider, allowing them to talk to camp staff about your child.
- My Seizure Plan: A preparedness plan will help staff know how to respond to you or your child during a seizure. If you haven’t completed one yet, visit My Resource Kit and print off a copy of My Seizure Plan. Fill out this form while thinking specifically about the camp environment and available staff. Make sure you have complete information about what to do in an emergency and who to call for help. Ask your child's doctor to review this with you before you give it to the camp staff. Use this document as a teaching tool to help the staff understand your child’s needs.
- Resources to Track Seizures: You’ll want staff to know what to look for when they witness a seizure, how to track seizures and what to write them on. Visit My Resource Kit and print off the following forms- feel free to add personal notes!
- My Camp Checklist: Use this form to help you prepare your child for camp. Remember to pack medical supplies, including medications, magnet, equipment, or other medical needs.
- Communication Book: Ask camp staff to use a notebook or journal to write down any general comments, observations or questions for you or other staff. This can help everyone know what to do more easily. If you prefer electronic communications, email or text messaging may also help, but don’t rely on this for emergency situations! Make sure that there is always a way for camp staff to contact you or another emergency contact directly.
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Topic Editor: Steven C. Schachter, MD and Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN.
Reviewed: Robert Fisher, MD and Patricia O. Shafer, RN, MN
Last Reviewed: April 2010