Your Child’s Health and Safety is Our Priority
Farm & Wilderness has a team of nurses and medical support staff who are on-campus and on-call throughout the summer. We have four on-campus health clinics as well as access to local hospitals and health centers. The vast majority of our summer staff are trained in Wilderness First Aid or Wilderness First Responder/EMT.
PLEASE READ THROUGH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION TO ENSURE A SAFE AND HEALTHY SUMMER FOR YOUR CHILD
Physical Exam Form & Immunization Records
Your child’s physical exam form and immunization records from their primary physician is a necessary part of the application to camp and is due by June 1st. Please ensure that you upload a copy of the information outlined in the Physical Exam Form on our registration portal prior to arriving at camp. You may use our form to submit information or substitute whatever form your physician provides to you, provided that form covers the same information. This form must be submitted every year, and all campers must have a physical exam within one year of the start of their camp session. This section of CampDoc will open closer to the start of camp, please contact admissions if you'd like the PDF sent to you before then!
We require all campers are up to date with the current schedule of regular childhood vaccines as per school/childcare guidelines set forth by the VT Department of Health, and we are requiring all campers to have received a COVID 19 vaccination. The only possible exemptions from this policy are medical exemptions which will be reviewed on a case by case basis, with further information requests and/or conversations between our staff, your family and your doctor(s). Please contact our Admissions team should you need this additional process started for your camper.
*As the FDA has not yet approved a COVID-19 vaccination for children under the age of 5, Farm & Wilderness programs will not enroll anyone under the age of 5 until the FDA approves a vaccine for that age group. Participants who turn 5 near to the start of their camp program should plan to schedule their vaccination appointments so they receive their final dose at least 2 weeks before the start of camp.
Food & Allergies
We are proud of the delicious, nutritious meals and snacks that we serve. Whenever possible, our campers participate in various aspects of meal production by working in gardens, collecting eggs, learning to cook, cleaning up and other activities. We provide healthy, high quality food and regularly accommodate a variety of dietary needs such as omnivores, vegetarians, vegans, and gluten-free diets. We are also able to provide for campers with allergies to such things as peanuts, eggs, etc, and are not a nut-free facility. Every camper has access to healthy food choices that are safe for them to eat, though dietary restrictions may reduce the number of options available to them at each meal, or during trips, cookouts and other special events, especially in the case of multiple allergies/dietary restrictions. We do our best to accommodate a wide range of eating habits but cannot guarantee that all preferences/pickiness can be accommodated. We ask questions about your camper’s diet during the registration process, so our staff can be informed and prepared to nourish our camp communities!
Please be aware that Farm & Wilderness can only administer prescription drugs in accordance with direction from licensed medical personnel. Farm & Wilderness must have a doctor’s written direction on the original labeled bottle of medicine. Camper parent/guardians must supply the camp with enough medicine for the time the camper attends Farm & Wilderness or make arrangements to ensure that the prescription can be refilled at camp. Some medications may require approval from the prescribing doctor to ensure the camper can safely participate in camp. It is not recommended to disrupt a camper’s medication schedule during the time they are at camp.
Physical and Behavioral
Campers at Farm & Wilderness must be able to move daily on foot over uneven and natural terrain. They must be able to sleep outside in rustic wooden or canvas structures with other campers and staff. They must be able to lift and carry a backpack for hiking and trips, as well as eat provided meals and hydrate regularly. We ask that all campers follow directions and participate willingly in camp activities, daily chores and community living activities. Campers must refrain from violence, verbal assault, bullying or any similar behavior. See more information in our handbooks for further information about physical and behavioral expectations for your camper.
At Farm & Wilderness, we take ticks very seriously. During the summer, we do regular tick checks.
Here also is a link to our staff protocol for Tick Checks.
Here is some basic information about ticks and tick borne illnesses in the U.S.
Here is some basic information on Lyme disease – the most common of the tick-borne illnesses in the U.S.