“Sick Bay” at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center is an on-site medical clinic that is staffed by licensed nursing professionals. The clinic is open daily when weeklong Space Camp is in session. If the need for advanced care arises, Space Camp transports campers to Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children. For weeklong programs, should the campers experience an emergent event or any concerning issues, a member of the nursing team will work to inform the emergency contact listed in the camper's registration information.
- Weeklong programs: Nursing staff collects and dispenses medications.
- Pathfinder programs: Medications are the responsibility of chaperones who accompany the campers. This includes storing and dispensing medications.
- All Over-the-counter (OTC) medications, including vitamins and other supplements, must be prescribed by a licensed Health Care Provider. These (OTC) medications must be in the original packaging. The Prescription and (OTC) Medical Authorization Form must be completed and signed by the Health Care Provider. If a medication is not listed on this form, then a written prescription must be provided. (can provide link to FAQ on how to upload here)
- Sick Bay stocks many (OTC) medications for campers while they are at camp; however, parents must have granted our nursing staff prior permission to administer them on their completed online health forms.
- All prescription medications should have a pharmacy label on the bottle, with the camper’s name and clear instructions on how it should be administered. If the dosing instructions are different from what is on the label, a note on official letterhead or a written prescription from the prescribing physician must be sent along with the medication explaining the change in the dose.
- Space Camp will only administer medications with package directions written in English. Handwritten instructions are not acceptable.
- Space Camp nurses will not administer injectable medications except for epinephrine autoinjectors as needed.
- Please provide a copy of an emergency action plan from the camper’s physician to help us to manage any chronic medical conditions. Examples include but are not limited to asthma, diabetes, seizure disorders, severe allergies/anaphylaxis and Cystic fibrosis. We encourage parents or guardians to email the emergency action plan prior to arrival at email@example.com. If parents or guardians are unable to send prior to camp, they may bring the plan to Sick Bay when checking in their campers’ medications.
- If you have specific questions related to your child’s medications or health condition (physical or behavioral), please feel free to contact the Space Camp Nursing Team at firstname.lastname@example.org.