Prepare For Your Camper's Time at Camp Jorn

Tips for first time campers

These PDFs will help you and your child get ready for this exciting experience:

• Prepare your camper for overnight camp
• Prepare your camper for day camp

Health Care at Camp

If your child has allergies or other health-related issues, it’s important to let us know. This information may be updated in your camper’s Health History Form, which can be found in your Camp In Touch account.
*Health and Dietary needs

We have volunteer nurses and doctors at Camp Jorn the majority of the summer and a Camp Director with advanced first aid on site all summer. They oversee our healthcare operations on camp including general care and medications. Our goal is to keep your camper healthy and experiencing all camp has to offer them. If your camper becomes ill or injured, our health care staff will evaluate and treat your child within our treatment procedures. Our health care team will contact a parent if your camper experiences any of the following:

· Remains in the health center for 6 hours or longer or overnight
· Needs to be evaluated by a physician, dentist or outside health professional
· Is going to the emergency room (Campers will always be escorted by Camp Jorn staff even when transported by ambulance)
· Obtains an injury to the head, back, eye, mouth, or cut that may leave a scar
· Has a temperature greater than 100 (degrees Fahrenheit)

Medical Forms
All campers are required to have a current completed health history form on file.
This form must be submitted by May 6, 2020.


Health and accident insurance coverage for each camper is the responsibility of the parent/guardian. You will be billed by the medical facility or camp for any medical/prescription charges incurred on your camper’s behalf for reimbursement to camp. This information may also be entered directly into your health form.

Please send only the necessary medications with camper. Your campers medications will be kept locked in our health center and administered by one of our wonderful camp nurses. If your child is taking the bus, their medications should be handed to the counselor with the medication box. The medication box will be locked until the Nurse receives it on camp or you have come to pick up your child.


Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Canadian Pediatric Society publishes a “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.” Practicing pediatricians across North America recognize these schedules as the standard of care regarding childhood & adolescent vaccinations. Concurrently, the US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) annually publish vaccine standards for adults.

Among our 3 pillars of the YMCA values is the imperative healthy living and social responsibility. We embrace this value specifically by taking preventive measures to protect the public health of our camp community as a whole. Therefore, Camp
Jorn YMCA is requiring that all campers and staff attending camp be immunized as outlined below.

While parents may choose to defer the vaccination of their children, for Camp Jorn YMCA this is not an issue of individual rights and choice, but an issue of public health and policy. The routine vaccination of all campers and staff is an important public health matter especially in the confined environment of a residential summer camp with round-the-clock communal living where illnesses spread much more easily.

Policy: All those who are attending Camp Jorn YMCA programs are required to have age appropriate vaccines as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), and the Center for Disease Control (CDC), with the exceptions noted.

• DTaP, DT, Td, or Tdap (Diphtheria,Tetanus and Pertussis)
• Tdap vaccine is now required for children over age 11, booster every 10 years
• IPV (Poliovirus)
• HIB (Haemophilus influenza type b bacteria)
• PCV 13 (Pneumococcal) vaccine
• Hepatitis B
• MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) or serologic evidence of immunity. Adults born
before 1957 are assumed to be immune to measles
• Varicella vaccine (Varivax – for Chicken Pox), or serologic or historical evidence of
• Menactra (Meningococcal disease / Meningitis) – required for those age 11 and

Policy Exceptions: We recognize that individuals who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine may not be able to complete the immunization schedule outlined above. Additionally, individuals with medical conditions such as congenital immunodeficiency or HIV, cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant patients, and persons receiving immunosuppressive drugs and chronic steroids also may not be able to receive certain vaccines. In these extremely rare circumstances, current documentation from a Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP), describing the reason for exemption from immunization must be furnished to Camp Jorn YMCA. We are happy to discuss case by case management of the extremely rare circumstance of medical contraindication to
partial or complete vaccination.

This policy will be enforced in accordance with all applicable local, state, and federal laws. In no way should this policy be interpreted to violate the laws of the State of Wisconsin or regulations affecting licensed Residential/Day Camps within the state.

What to Pack for Camp

Be sure to prepare for day-to-day life at camp
*Resident camp packing guide
*Day camp packing guide

Trading Post

During their time at camp, your camper will be able to visit Trading Post, our camp store. Trading post has many items such as t-shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles, stickers, hats, mugs, and flashlights. A store deposit of $10-20 is recommended your camper. Refunds are issued to campers with $8.00 or more remaining in their account and are made in the fall. Please do not send your campers with cash. We do not want them to lose it. Instead you can stop in the office to fund their trading post account or you can log in to your account, click on view trading post, fund! It’s easy!

Camper Mail

If you would like to send your campers letters or packages, we encourage you to! It is okay to send packages to your camper. We do highly recommend though that if you send something for your campers to include enough for the whole cabin. It is very exciting for them to be able to share with their cabin mates. Please do not send products containing nuts.    

You can mail letters and or packages to camp:





OR, you can send your camper letters via our online email service using Camp Stamps!

To begin using camp stamps log in to your account and under online community click on “email’ to email your camper. You can also create guest accounts for friends and family and use a credit card to purchase camp stamps.

What are Camp Stamps?

 CampStamps are credits parents/guests can use to facilitate and enhance communication with their camper(s). Parents/Guests can add CampStamps to their account by clicking the link at the top the Email center page. CampStamps are offered in the following packages: 10 for $10, 15 for $14, 20 for $18, and 30 for $25.

Please note, parents will not be refunded for any unused CampStamps.

Email Enhancements

In the Email center, parents/guests will be able to add optional games and stationery to their email. Depending on the options you’ve selected on your contract, the following features may be available for parents. Each of these items will cost 1 additional CampStamp (plus the 1 to send).

SmartWords: Add age-appropriate vocabulary words (options: elementary, middle, SAT prep.)

Sudoku: Add a Sudoku game to an email (three levels of difficulty to choose from.)

Email Stationery: Choose from a variety of fun, digital stationery to further personalize an email.

Send A Smile: The option to attach a photo to an email. This option is found below the email body text.

Email Enhancement Tips:

  • Stationery and other enhancements will not appear until an email is previewed.
  • Emails are limited to 50 printed lines. Stationery and word games limit the number of lines parents can use. Recommend they add any stationery or word games BEFORE they start writing.


eLetters offer an easy way for your child to send letters from camp back to parents. Each page of eLetter stationery has a unique, printed barcode.

Providing eLetter Stationary
Parents can give their camper eLetter stationery in two ways:

  1. Send an “eLetter stack” with their camper before they leave home. Using this option, parents can print a stack of eLetter stationery (up to 20 individual pages at a time) within their CampInTouch account. There is no CampStamp cost to print eLetter stationery.
  1. Attach an eLetter reply request to an individual camper email.This option is found below the email body and will request a single eLetter reply from the camper. Please note: CampStamps will not be deducted for the eLetter until a reply is received by the parent.

We’ll print and deliver your emails.  Send by 9 a.m. daily through your Camp In Touch account for delivery to your camper in the afternoon. Please note that letters sent between Friday after 9 am and Saturday will not be delivered to your camper. We try our best to deliver your letters in a timely fashion to your campers. Camper trips and activities may interfere with this.

Camper Photos

View weekly photo galleries and videos from camp!