Health & Wellness at Camp
At Interlochen, we know that Health and Wellness are integral to your development and advancement as an artist. That is why we make Health and Wellness a top priority on our campus.
There are three Health Centers on campus during Interlochen Arts Camp; each serving the students housed within it proximity. Interlochen nurses and health services assistants are on duty 24 hours each day to meet routine health care needs of students. In addition, Interlochen physicians and nurse practitioners hold office hours Monday through Saturday, and are also available on-call.
Emergency medical services are located 1.5 miles from Interlochen’s main entrance and Munson Medical Center, a level II trauma center and referral hospital, is just a short drive away in Traverse City. Munson Medical Center has nearly 300 physicians practicing in 35 specialties.
Our medical staff provide a wide range of health care services including the diagnosis and management of acute, chronic, and complex health problems. Nurses and health services assistants are on duty 24 hours each day. In addition, Interlochen providers (physicians or nurse practitioners) hold office hours Monday through Saturday, and are also available on call.
There is a staff of licensed mental health professionals to provide support to students if needed, and to help guide cabin counselors in their interactions with students. Due to the short duration and nature of our Camp programs, it is not possible to provide counseling and psychological services that require ongoing and involved therapeutic attention. While individual personal concerns may arise that can benefit from the support of the Counseling Services staff, as a general rule Camp students must be able to function independently, without frequent support from a therapist. Students whose needs go beyond the scope of what staff can reasonably provide in the Camp setting may have to return home for appropriate treatment.
Discussions of personal matters are confidential and are shared only on a “need to know” basis. Just as with medical personnel (noted above), state and local child protection laws require Interlochen personnel to report to authorities any suspected cases of abuse (physical, mental, or sexual) or neglect.
State of Michigan camp regulations prohibit students from keeping any medications in their cabin or with them (with the exception of Lactaid, EpiPens, insulin, and asthma inhalers). Do not send over-the-counter medications to camp with your child (e.g. Tylenol, Advil, etc.) Commonly used medications such as these are readily available in the Health Centers if needed. If over-the-counter medications are sent without a prescription, those medications are stored in the health center for the duration of Camp and are NOT dispensed. It is then the responsibility of the camper to collect those medications at the end of the session. Over-the-counter medications will not be shipped home if left behind.
To best ensure student medication safety and security, all prescription and nonprescription medications that are taken daily must be filled through Thompson Pharmacy in nearby Traverse City. These medications will be filled, packaged, and delivered to campus ahead of your student’s arrival by the pharmacy, and dispensed by authorized Interlochen personnel. Parents and/or their medical insurance carrier will be billed by the pharmacy.
We strongly discourage any unnecessary over-the-counter vitamins, herbs, or supplements. If items such as these are critical to the student’s health, these must be PRESCRIBED by the health care provider and processed through Thompson Pharmacy in order for Interlochen staff to dispense these items. There are no exceptions to this policy.
This process for utilizing Thompson Pharmacy is:
1. Health Care Provider mails, faxes or e-scribes prescription to:
324 South Union Street
Traverse City MI 49684
231.947.0301 - FAX
231.947.4212 - PHONE
866.870.7204 - EFAX
2. Parent mails an original paper prescription to (emailing or faxing is NOT permitted):
324 South Union Street
Traverse City MI 49684
231-9947-4212 - PHONE
A Camp Health Form is required annually, and needs to be received in Health Services at least two weeks prior to the start of a child’s camp session (a late fee of $25 will be charged for late Health Forms). Medical information is kept confidential and shared with others on campus only on a “need to know” basis. State and local child protection laws require Interlochen personnel to report to authorities any suspected cases of abuse (physical, mental, or sexual) or neglect. Due to confidentiality issues, information about completing the Camp Health Form through Camp Doc is sent to parents via email.