Club Med is Camp Muskoka’s Health Centre and is home-base to our caring medical team. Club Med is open throughout the day to dispense medication, administer first aid, perform minor medical procedures and maintain the overall health and wellness of our camp community. The health services team at Club Med is well equipped to tend to our campers needs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week throughout the summer. To further support our Healthcare needs our full service hospital is only fifteen minutes away.
Head Lice “No Nit” Policy
As part of our “No Nit” policy, we encourage all families to take their campers to the Doctor prior to coming to camp, for a general health check up and to check for head lice. Every camper will be screened for lice upon arrival as part of the Check-In process. Because of the potential for head lice to spread rapidly in a communal setting like a camp, we want to take proactive steps to avoid an outbreak. If a camper is found to have head lice, our staff will host the camper in supervised isolation, notify the Director, and the parents will be presented with the following two options:
- Parents may choose to have Camp Muskoka or a designate 3rd party service treat the camper at the family’s expense. Cost of this service can vary depending on severity – range is typically from $150 - $350 or more, plus applicable taxes.
- Parents may choose to take their child home to treat the lice themselves. We suggest using a chemical lice treatment such as R&C Lice Treatment Kit, and manually remove the eggs and nits by using a special nit comb (Such as LiceMeister).
Campers will only be admitted back to Camp Muskoka after the head is completely free of nits and/or lice. In some cases, if too much time has passed, campers will not be permitted to return to camp, and an alternate camp session will be arranged, based upon availability. In the case of campers who arrive via Shuttle have lice, the parent or guardian will be contacted immediately.
Bed Bug Policy:
With increasing popularity in global travel and new governmental/environmental restrictions on pesticides, the fact is bed bugs have spread to virtually every city in the world.
What are bed bugs?
Bed bugs are small, oval shaped bugs that are primarily active at night. Although bed bugs are a nuisance and can cause discomfort, their bites are not known to spread disease. Bites may not hurt at first, but may become swollen and itch with time. As the actual irritant is classed as an allergic reaction, some people react worse than others. Watch for clusters of bites, usually in a line, on exposed areas of the body.
Despite the attempts of parents to eliminate this issue, beg bugs has occasionally been an issue at Camp, and therefore we have established the following bed bug policy.
- Parents are not permitted to send a child to camper if they are aware of a bed bug issue at the child’s home.
- If the existence of bed bugs is confirmed, Camp staff will utilize a proven extermination protocol to eliminate the bugs. This process includes relocating the affected camper, heat treating the campers bedding and clothes to destroy existing bugs, larva, and eggs. We do not use harsh or restricted chemicals as a treatment method; our heat assault system is environmentally friendly.
Exceeding Best Practices
We are proactive in treating accommodations, every four weeks, whether bugs are present or not to ensure the highest level of cleanliness. Part of our preventative action plan is to inspect our accommodations daily, and if there are any signs of bed bugs, the treatment of that building is prioritized immediately, using a Heat Assault system - an environmentally friendly, pesticide free, treatment designed to eradicate bed bugs, mold, and other microscopic household threats. If you want more information regarding Camp Muskoka’s treatment, please visit this website.
We also want to inform you of good practices to prevent taking bed bugs home. When returning home from Camp (or a hotel, boarding school, university residence, etc.) it is advisable to take precautions with bedding and clothing.
We suggest you do the following when returning from Camp:
- Do not leave clothes, bedding, or bags where bugs could crawl out and escape before treating.
- Wash clothes and bedding in warm or hot water immediately and then place them in a hot dryer for at least 30 minutes.