Our Medication Policy

All About Meds at Camp

Your camper's medical safety is of utmost importance to us. Two Registered Nurses are on site each week, in addition to the two EMTs we have on full-time staff. All medications are distributed by an RN. Summer staff are CPR and First Aid Certified. Our camp has an infirmary on site and is in within 30 minutes of a hospital.

If you have additional questions or concerns about your camper’s medical care, email us at nurse@camplurecrest.org.

Camper Health Form

The most important place to communicate about your camper’s medical needs is the camper’s health form. This form is due March 15th and is available on your Campintouch account.

Med Storage

To protect the safety of all campers from having access to meds, all medications must be kept in the infirmary. This applies not just to campers, but also to our staff, so there’s no possibility of a camper getting into a staffer’s luggage and accessing medication.

Exceptions are made for rescue inhalers, diabetic supplies, and epi-pens. These will be carried with your camper's counselor at all times.

Meds to Bring

Please leave all non-prescription medications other than allergy medicine at home for the week. We’re well stocked with everything else they might need! See a full list of the medication we keep on hand at the bottom of this guide.

Over-the-Counter Daily Meds

If your camper requires an over-the-counter med on a regular basis (ex. takes claritin every day), we need a letter from the doctor stating how often to give the medication, along with the dosage.

Packing Camper Meds

If your child is taking prescription meds, then you'll need to provide our arrival day nurses with a signed and completed Camper Medication Form, indicating all meds and their applicable doses. Make sure you keep all prescription medication in its original container. State regulations require all medication to be in their original containers so we cannot make exceptions.

Other Important Med Info

Speaking of state regulations, we also cannot administer prescription meds that are:

  • Expired. All medication must be currently valid.
  • Prescribed to other people. Medication must be prescribed to the camper only and not other family members. If dispensing instructions have changed, please ensure the label is updated by the pharmacy.
  • Compounded or mixed at home. We can administer medicines that have been compounded or mixed by a pharmacy, but we cannot administer medicines that have been mixed or compounded together at home. Our nurses at camp are also unable to mix or compound medicines together. If you need this, work with your pharmacy ahead of time to bring a pharmacy mixed medicine with you.
  • Broken in half. We cannot administer medicines that are cut or broken into smaller doses than prescribed.

Regulations require us to follow the directions on all medicines unless we have a note from a physician authorizing something different. So if a bottle says it is for adult use only and it is checked in for a ten-year-old, we cannot administer it. This is often a problem for Melatonin. Or if you request a higher dosage than what is listed on the medication directions, you’ll need a doctor’s note for that.

Essential Oils

We do not administer essential oils to campers; please do not send them in your camper’s luggage.


We do not administer CBD oil to campers; please do not pack it in your camper’s luggage.

Melatonin, Vitamins, & Supplements

The North Carolina Board of Nursing only allows nurses to administer medications that are prescribed by doctors. Thus, we do not allow multi-vitamins/supplements during a camp week unless prescribed by a doctor. [We are by law able to treat campers with over the counter medication on an as needed basis per our medical director's protocols. (Example: Tylenol, Benadryl & Neosporin, etc.)] If, however, your child is medically required to take vitamins/supplements, then please bring the doctor's prescription, stating the multi-vitamin to be given and the dosage. Please note that this includes melatonin needed for sleep; you'll need to provide a doctor's note and the melatonin in its original bottle.

Returning Medication

On your departure day, you can pick up your meds when checking out at camp. Please don’t forget! Bring your photo ID so we can verify we are giving the meds back to the right person.

Fax & Pharmacy

If you need to fax us your doctor's prescription, send it to 704.841.2016. You can also call in a prescription for pickup at our local pharmacy: Ingles Pharmacy, 276 NC Highway 9, Lake Lure, NC 28746. Phone: 828.625.0748.

Medications in Our Infirmary


  • Acetaminophen 325mg
  • Extra Strength Tylenol 500mg
  • Aleve (Naproxen) 220mg
  • Ibuprofen 200mg
  • Jr Strength Ibuprofen 100mg

Children’s Pain

  • Children’s Ibuprofen Oral Suspension
  • Children’s Tylenol Oral Suspension
  • Children’s Acetaminophen chews 80mg, 160mg

Cold & Allergy

  • Benadryl 25mg
  • Children’s Benadryl Elixir
  • Chloraseptic Spray
  • Cough Drops
  • Dayquil Cold & Flu gel caps
  • Nyquil Cold & Flu Elixir
  • OTC Claritin, tabs & liquid
  • OTC Xyzal, tabs & liquid
  • OTC Zyrtec, tabs & liquid


  • Antacid Tablets (Tums)
  • Imodium AD
  • Imodium Anti Diarrhea     Elixir
  • Kids Tums Chewable
  • Meclizine 25mg (Dramamine)
  • Miralax
  • Pepto Bismol Chewable
  • Pepto Bismol Oral     Suspension
  • Pepto Children’s     Chewable

Eye, Ear, Nose, & Throat

  • Afrin Nasal Spray
  • Earache Relief Ear drops Homeopathic
  • Eye analgesic
  • Eyewash sterile irrigating solution
  • Lubricating Eye drops
  • Swim-EAR
  • Visine


  • Anti-chaffing and rash powder
  • Bactine
  • Calamine Topical clear gel
  • Clotrimazole Anti-fungal cream
  • Nix Lice Treatment
  • Ting Antifungal Spray (Athlete’s foot)

Wound Care

  • Antiseptic Solution Povidone Iodine 10%
  • Betadine
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Isopropyl Alcohol
  • Quick Clot Emergency Hemostatic Gauze
  • Wound Wash Saline Spray


  • After Bite Cream
  • Bacitracin Zinc
  • Hydrocortisone Cream 1%
  • Neosporin
  • PDI Povidone Iodine Prep pads
  • Sting Relief Swabs
  • Triple Antibiotic Ointment