CARING FOR YOUR CHILD
Providing your child with the ultimate care and safety is our number one priority at camp. Facilities and policies have been constructed to provide a thorough and consistently safe program. During Orientation and Staff Training, all staff are trained in safety rules and expectations for all aspects of camp life. Safety regulations are posted and practiced by all campers and staff.
Camp Timberlane is accredited by the Ontario Camping Association (OCA). Camp membership in the OCA is not automatic: any camp seeking OCA accreditation must undergo a two-year provisional period, during which time it is visited by OCA representatives each year, and must meet all standards before being accepted for full membership. Once a camp achieves full membership, it receives a visit every four years. Our camp voluntarily adheres to over 400 separate standards dealing with all aspects of a camp’s operation: health & safety, leadership, food service and maintenance, staffing, programming, and administration.
We feel a keen sense of responsibility for the health and safety of your child and as such we employ the following health procedures during camp. Our medical staff confers with cabin counselors on the daily health habits of the children in their cabins, and they also advise the administration regarding all health and safety matters.
Our infirmary operates as a primary care clinic for the camp. Your child’s health record is maintained there and should they need medical assistance we are well equipped to help them. Our medical staff consists of one full-time physician and four full-time nurses. Our Doctors rotate on a weekly basis. In addition, 90% of our staff are certified Royal Life Saving Society Bronze Cross. The infirmary is fully stocked with medical supplies to aid with everything from minor abrasions to more serious conditions. We also carry a defibrillator on site.
If our medical staff feels a camper needs treatment that we cannot provide, we have excellent medical facilities just 12 minutes away in Haliburton. All of our Doctors have special privileges at Haliburton Hospital therefore there is usually no waiting time during a medical emergency. We also have a local dentist available if necessary.
Chief Medical Advisor and Camp Doctor: Dr. Ken Melvin
From Toronto, Ontario, Ken is a clinical cardiologist at University Health Network in Toronto and Director of the Cardiac Rehabilitation Program at the University of Toronto. Ken was a camper and counselor for 9 years and has been on staff for 20 years as Camp Doctor. Ken and Susan’s three daughters, Amanda, Lindsay and Rochelle were campers, counselors and head staff at Timberlane. Ken is a life-long camper and really enjoys the challenge of camping every summer.
Head Nurse: Cindy Polan
From Toronto, Ontario, Cindy is in her 16th summer as the Head Nurse at Camp Timberlane. When Cindy isn’t taking care of the Timberlane campers she is at home taking care of her four boys; her husband and three sons that all attend Timberlane as well. Her husband, Shy, is an avid visitor so we consider him a part of the Timberlane family as well. Cindy loves Timberlane because her boys are there for her to keep an eye on and she also loves looking out for the safety and well being of every other camper too, as if they are her own. Cindy loves the people and the atmosphere at Timberlane and loves watching the kids grow up summer after summer.