Health and Nutrition

Health

At RLC, the safety and physical well being of our campers and staff is our number one priority.  Our Health Center is an air conditioned building equipped with a private exam room, medication room, triage room and beds for campers to rest.

Our resident health staff consists of a doctor, an infirmary manager and up to five registered nurses who oversee the medical care of our campers throughout the entire summer, including those with unique situations such as allergies, chronic health issues, and those requiring regular medication. Our overnight Health Center is staffed 24 hours a day and our doctor and nurses live on campus to ensure appropriate care. Sick Call takes place after breakfast and dinner, and campers are encouraged to come in for a visit when they (or their counselors) think they need medical assistance. Nurses dispense medications at mealtimes and before bed from the infirmary. We are also only a short distance from an urgent care in our local area and a major hospital in Port Jervis, NY (14miles away).

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Infirmary at Cedar Lake Camp

If campers need to spend the night in the infirmary, campers of all ages use the larger infirmary in Camp Nah-Jee-Wah with spacious male and female dorms, accessible showers and toilets, and a private dining area. The Health Center also provides the campers with bedding so they don’t have to worry about bringing over their own if they are there for an overnight stay.  Additionally counselors are given a list of items to bring to campers if they need to spend the night.

If a camper is staying in the Health Center overnight or is receiving care for a unique situation, the health staff or a member of our RLC lead staff always consults with his or her parents. We also understand that young campers away from home with a health problem often need an extra dose of “tender loving care”. Our nurses understand that working in a summer camp requires them to be sensitive to the needs of children. It is essential that our nurses have not only the credentials to be a skilled RN, but have the right temperament to work with children as well.

Nutrition

Each summer, the simple goal of our dining room is to provide nutritious and well balanced meals that kids will enjoy eating. We strongly believe that food is a key step to ensuring that a camper has an enjoyable summer. Our campers eat cafeteria style with their bunk and counselors. Our counselors get to know their camper’s eating habits and food allergies and help them appropriately.

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GIG Certified Gluten-Free kitchen

During the summer, campers are constantly on the go and it’s extremely important that they eat right to maintain their health and energy. We strive to put together a kosher menu that is both diverse and nutritionally sound. Of course, we realize that not every child is going to like every meal. That’s why we make sure that we always have multiple options available. At breakfast, we offer a full cereal bar, with 6-8 cereal choices, fresh fruit, bread, peanut-butter & Jelly and yogurt. At lunch and dinner we offer a full salad bar with 10-12 items, plain pasta (whole wheat & white), bread, peanut-butter & Jelly and fresh fruit. These items complement our hot entrees which can be seen by clicking on the Sample Camp Menu.

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Gluten Free dedicated salad bar

The NJY Camps has a dedicated GIG Certified Gluten-Free kitchen serving meals to match those of our traditional menu. These meals are served from a separate service line including a dedicated salad bar.

We are also a nut-aware camp only servicing peanut butter in individual serving containers.

To complement our 3 meals, we offer a daily snack at 3:30pm and cookies before bed. We also encourage campers to bring their own water bottles to stay hydrated throughout the day. If your child has food allergies/intolerances, please contact us to learn about the different options we can provide.

Learn more about our Gluten Free program

Example of our camp  menu

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