Camper Health

You are required to provide a completed Health History Form (included with your registration confirmation email) when your camper arrives at camp.

We have a full-time summer nurse who is at camp 24 hours a day during the summer camping season. We have two hospitals (Riverside and St. Mary’s, both in Kankakee, Illinois) located within a 20 minute drive of our camp. Remember all medications (prescription or over-the-counter, including vitamins) must be turned in to the Camp Nurse at Check-in. They must be in the original containers.

Dietary Needs/Food Allergies

Please be sure to disclose any food allergies or dietary restrictions on your child’s health form. We have options available for gluten-free and vegetarian diets which can be chosen during registration. Please be sure to alert us in advance at 815-933-3011 or by email to the Office Manager to any serious food allergies or dietary restrictions at least 30 days in advance of the camp date so we have plenty of time to prepare a menu before your camper’s arrival.

Disabilities and Special Medical Needs

If your child has a disability or special needs, please call us 815-933-3011 or contact the Office Manager at least 90 days in advance of the camp date for an evaluation of the camper’s care needs. Camp Shaw counselors are encouraging and patient and can help facilitate successful camp experiences for children with some mild and moderate disabilities. Our Camp Nurse is available around the clock as well. We do our best to accommodate any camper who wants to attend Camp Shaw; however, our programs are not designed for campers who need significant assistance or personal care, require constant one-on-one support, or have difficulty managing their behavior in group settings.

Health conditions requiring advance clearance include, but are not limited to: Insulin Dependent Diabetes, Cardiac Situations, Asthmatics, Seizure Disorders, Autism Spectrum, and Serious Food Allergies.