1. Prior to the start of Camp, it is vital that Camp organisers are fully aware of the medical resources available
to them in times of emergencies.
2. Information such as the emergency numbers for ambulance, fire, police should all be obtained – do not
assume that the emergency number will be 000.The closest hospital and doctor should also be identified
together with contact details and even the best route from the Campsite to the particular location.
Note that not all hospitals have an emergency department and many do not have a doctor on staff.
3. Talk to the Campsite Manager prior to the Camp about access for emergency vehicles.
The Campsite Manager may not be on site when you have an emergency and you will need to know how
emergency vehicles can access the different parts of the Campsite, what gates are locked and where the
keys are kept.
4. JEMP recommends that a car is designated as the ‘First Aid Car’ in case of emergencies. The vehicle should
remain at the Campsite with the keys easily accessible for licenced drivers.
The car should be adequately fuelled and tidy enough to allow a patient to recline or lie down if necessary.5. Camp organisers should be aware of the possible medical issues of all the children in their care.
Medical Forms should be completed for all Camp participants (including adults) prior to the Camp.
A sample Medical Form is available on JEMP’s website.
6. All Camps should have fully equipped first aid equipment relevant to the types of activities and the nature of
the Campsite. Remember, that snow skiing Camp is likely to result in different types of injuries to those that
might be incurred in a water sports Camp. JEMP recommends that you discuss your first aid supply needs
7. Ensure that a First Aid Officer and relevant medical equipment accompanies a group whenever they leave
the Campsite – hikes, day trips, etc.
8. All Camps should have qualified people who can deal with medical emergencies.
Consider the ratio of currently qualified First Aid Officers you have to the number of people at Camp.
9. Have clear, written guidelines about how a range of injuries should be treated.
10. Your Treatment Plan also needs to include a section that discusses at what stage parents should be
informed that their child is unwell.
11. Have clear, written policies in place which define when an injured person is to be treated onsite and when
s/he should be seen at a medical facility.
12. Ensure that your organisation has adequate insurance policies in place to cover risks such as professional
indemnity, public liability, etc.
13. Ensure that you have a clear, written procedure for restocking medical supplies, including oxygen, during the