Health Center

Health Center

The Health Center Director is a Registered Nurse who is permitted by license to administer routine and emergency first aid and prescription and OTC medications following written physician orders on the camper’s Peconic Dunes Medication Authorization Form. The Camp Nurse is not allowed to dispense any medications that are not authorized by the child’s physician. To enter approved medicines, click on your camper’s name, click on manage medications and list them individually. 

OTC Medication 

The Health Center stocks over the counter medicines that are listed on the Medication Authorization Form. These must be checked and approved to be dispensed. Do NOT send any OTC medicines listed on the Medication Authorization Form to camp with your camper. 

Prescription Medication 

The camp will accommodate those campers that need to take prescription medicines while at camp. All prescription medication MUST be in the original prescription bottle with the dosage on the bottle matching the doctor’s written instructions on the Medication Authorization Form. Medications that are not listed on this form, are expired, have missing labels, or in containers other than the original pharmacy bottle will not be accepted by the Camp Nurse. Please only bring the number of pills that are necessary to be dispensed for the week of camp and leave the rest at home. (Unused medicine that is not picked up at departure will be discarded.) 

Inhalers and Epi-Pens 

Campers who require inhalers or epi-pens for everyday or emergency use may bring these items if accompanied by doctor’s orders. Campers are allowed by the NYS Health Department to keep inhalers on their person or in their bunks. Epi-pens must be held in the Health Center unless specified on the Medication Authorization Form to self-carry and administer. 

Vitamins, Supplements, Herbals, Etc. 

In a camp setting all of these are considered medications and can only be accepted following the same procedures listed under prescription medication. Please do not send these medications unless listed and authorized on Medication Authorization Form. 

Checking into camp with medications: 

Please print a copy of your completed and physician signed Medication Authorization Form. Put this form along with the medications listed on form in a zip lock bag with your camper’s name on it. Do not pack medications with the camper’s belongings. Keep them separate to give to Camp Nurse who will accept it at check-in and go over any questions at that time. Do not bring any medications not listed on Medication Authorization Form. If there is any change to your child’s medications, you will need a new form prior to your child attending camp. 

Camp reserves the right to not admit a camper with listed medications not turned in during check-in or to require the family to submit an updated Medication Authorization Form. 

Camper Illness or Injury 

Parents are usually not notified if their child is treated for minor medical concerns such as cuts or scratches, mild sunburn, poison ivy, headache or upset stomach. Parents are notified by phone: 

  • If a camper becomes ill with a fever of 100.4oF or above, or is vomiting, has diarrhea, or respiratory difficulty, in which case, they will be asked to pick their child up. 
  • If their camper requires medical treatment off site 
  • If the camp nurse removes an engorged tick from the camper

Camper Health Forms

The NYS Department of Health requires a current and complete health profile on every camper. You will complete a health history during registration. After registration you will need to log into your Peconic Dunes account to upload: 

  • Camper health history will be completed during registration
  • Medication Authorization Form  (for all OTC and prescription medicines) 
  • Immunization record  (only medical exemptions accepted) 
  • Allergy plan (if your child has a life-threatening allergy) 

To upload the Physical Examination and Medication Authorization Forms, log into your Peconic Dunes account, select additional options then document center. Uploading forms is the same process as attaching a file to an email…it’s easy! 

To add a medication, click on your camper’s name then manage medications. Medications not listed on the Medication Authorization Form form will not be administered. Please be sure to complete the health profile in its entirety. 

A new Medication Authorization Form will be required if there are any changes in medication or campers arrive at camp without the medications listed on the form. 

IMPORTANT: The New York State Department of Health prohibits the camp from admitting children with missing or incomplete medical forms. All health forms are due by May 1 st.

Important Health Information 

Meningococcal Fact Sheet

Measles Fact Sheet

NYS Children's Camp Brochure

Last updated January 17, 2023