Med Korner, found at the heart of Camp Holiday Trails, is dedicated to providing round-the-clock care to our campers with medical needs, ranging from medicine distribution to breathing treatments and infusions. Stocking our pharmacy and supplying equipment for Med Korner that many of our Camper families cannot afford to provide is a top priority for CHT to maintain the highest standard of care for each of our Campers and a positive experience for medical volunteers and camp counselors.
Med Korner is a special place for a traditional style camp, providing an educational experience to people on both sides of the stethoscope. Over 60 medical volunteers come together at CHT so that our amazing kids can have a fun and safe experience each summer. A keystone in our medical team is the medical students and residents who spend an elective rotation on staff. Many med students decide on pediatric specialties while at camp, and for those headed towards research, we hope finding a cure for cystic fibrosis, epilepsy, sickle cell, or any one of a number of diagnoses is in their future. Our Med Staff have the opportunity to work with diverse pediatric diagnoses in an active v. acute setting. We also have dedicated mental health professionals and practitioners volunteer to support our campers and staff.
Our kids are Campers, not patients, and can scale the climbing wall alongside a future physician, swim alongside a future nurse, or ride a horse with someone they may see later during a hospital visit. In turn, our Campers see our medical team outside of the institutional setting, as caring individuals. “Dr. Ann” and “Dr. Lisa” are real people who sing camp songs and participate in the camp talent show. When these two populations next meet in the hospital, emergency room, or physician’s office – both are better suited to provide and receive the best care.
We focus on teaching every child to better manage their own healthcare. For kids facing a lifetime of medical treatments, the ability to care for their own needs means freedom. Research has shown that the camp experience helps children engage in and continue to practice healthy lifestyles into their adult lives. Internal evaluations, both formal and informal, are used to regularly monitor the impact of staff and programs. Participant evaluations of every camp program are reviewed for action items. In addition, Camp Holiday Trails participates in rigorous accreditation standards set by the American Camp Association. Our goal is to ensure our Campers follow the best health practices for their special health need, while learning from positive adult role models and making friends and memories to last a lifetime.
Volunteer in Med Korner with flexible schedules and time-slots available:
Perks include housing in our new Med Lodge, delicious Camp food, Camp T-Shirts, and the chance to spend time in a beautiful outdoor environment with some pretty cool kids.
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