Healthcare & Medical Safety

Our health care staff consists chiefly of three to four registered nurses, who are responsible for the overall health of our campers and camp as a whole. For most of our sessions, there is a doctor that resides on property as well. An off-site physician reviews and approves in writing all standing orders which are revised and updated annually prior to each summer's opening. Our off-site lead physician is also available 24/7 via video chat to offer medical direction. We also partner with Range Urgent Care, a few miles away, should second opinions or assistance be needed. Medical care is available on a 24-hour basis by our doctors and nurses. A web-based log is kept of any and all treatment provided which can be reviewed by Camp's leadership at any time. At Camp Ridgecrest, we often have an EMT on site as well as a Medical Assistant to ensure that we are over-prepared for any scenario that should arise.

Campers are not required to have a physical or health screening prior to their arrival at Camp. However, there is a required Health History form that must be filled out by a parent or guardian. Please find this in your account in mid-April or later. All medications are prepackaged in "bubble packs" by Sunshine Pharmacy in Black Mountain, NC and are distributed to your child by our Medical Team. The pharmacy will contact each camp family by phone to discuss the details of your camper's medication before you arrive.

Furthermore, our Camps are certified in Tick, Mosquito, and Poison Ivy Control by Ivy Oaks Analytics. For more info about how we are eradicating ticks, mosquitos and even poison ivy on our property, click here!

To learn more about nursing opportunities with our camps, call us at 800-968-1630 or email us at

For trips out of camp, our experienced staff are trained to meet the medical needs of our campers. All counselors are Red Cross certified in CPR & AED as well as Wilderness First Aid. Waterfront staff maintain a Lifeguard certification as well as CPR for the Professional Rescuer. Trip staff hold a minimum Wilderness First Aid certification.

Almost all of our staff on property are certified in NC to administer Epinephrine (Epi-Pens) if necessary. Furthermore, EMS and other first responders are only 3 miles away.