Brigadoon Village Medical Team

Our Medical Team comprises a variety of medical professionals, including RNs, LPNs, Nurse Practitioners, Doctors, Respiratory Therapists, and Child Life Specialists. They help us to manage our campers’ ongoing conditions, administer medications, and provide first aid and treatment for conditions/circumstances which come up during the camp week. Our Medical Team helps to keep our campers safe and well-cared-for so that they can focus on what’s really important – having fun!

Medical Roles at a Glance:

  • Our camp sessions begin on Sunday morning and end on Friday evening. We prefer that medical staff be able to commit to the entirety of a camp session, though can make exceptions in some cases.
  • We have eight weeks of camp during which medical staff can join us for one or more weeks.
  • The Medical Team is paid with an honorarium at the end of their week with us.
  • The Medical Team will receive a thorough orientation before the arrival of campers.
  • Our Medical Team is key to the success of our camper check-in process, assessing each camper, collecting their medications, and ensuring that their conditions are stable enough for them to be safe while at camp.
  • Our days of camp are long, with a rotating schedule of who is on duty within the Medical Centre from wake up (7:00 am) until bedtime (10:00 pm).
  • During busier medication administration times (usually meals and bedtime,) all of our Medical Team are on-hand to make sure that the process goes smoothly.
  • Each Medical Team member will also have an on-call shift during which they respond to any medical issues which come up during the night.

Click here to watch a testimonial from a member of our Medical Team

The Application Process:

  • Interested applicants should complete our online application.
  • You will be contacted by our Summer Director to set up an interview.
  • If selected, you will receive a confirmation e-mail, which will confirm which week(s) you’ll be able to join us.
  • Before your arrival, we’ll need proof of a valid license within the province of Nova Scotia, a clear Criminal Record Check (including Vulnerable Sector Check) as well as proof of Immunization History, to make sure we’re able to keep our campers safe!
  • You’ll receive a Medical Team Manual, which will give you all of the information you’ll need!
  • You will take part in a full training session before your role begins!

“Brigadoon has created a feeling of family and it’s like we are having a big reunion each summer. Having campers and staff who think of Brigadoon as their home away from home means there are many people to welcome first-timers, put them at ease, and make them feel safe and comfortable very quickly.

My favourite part of the day at camp is being back in the cabins with the campers at bedtime, checking in on them, giving them their meds, and assisting with treatments. It is during this time that I get to hear them talking with each other, asking questions, and seeing the awe in realizing that there is someone who understands what they are going through. I also see the excitement in their faces as they talk about what they did that day, and scheme and plan what they are going to do the next day!

The rewards are big if you are willing to step outside of your comfort zone.”

~Jacqueline, Medical Team Staff

Medical Staff FAQ 

Who are our campers? 

Our campers join us because they have a diagnosis of the health condition or have the specific life challenge that we serve that week. They are aged 9-18 and come from the Atlantic Provinces. All of our campers are reviewed medically by the relevant clinic of the IWK Health Centre to ensure that they fit the mandate of that week of camp and ensure that they can come to camp safely and participate in the majority of the camp programs. This means that many of the campers who join us are those whose conditions are stable and well-managed, to make sure that we can keep them safe at camp!  

What kinds of things do campers come to the medical centre for? 

Most of what we see in the medical centre is quite simple! Campers feeling tired from full days of camp and needing a break, having a headache or stomach ache, needing a band-aid, etc. Depending on the week, we’ll see other symptoms related to the given condition we’re supporting – needing painkillers or an icepack during our arthritis week, help with their ostomy during our IBD week, etc. 

Who would I be working with? 

We have two Camp Nurses who we hire for the entirety of the summer camp season. Those Camp Nurses are our experts in Brigadoon policies and procedures and help to make sure that our medical centre continues to run consistently and smoothly each week. We are then also joined by other healthcare professionals each week, including someone we identify as the Medical Team Lead. This person is often an expert in the given condition we are supporting, who has experience in supporting the condition at camp!  

What if something comes up that we can’t necessarily manage at camp? 

These kinds of things certainly come up! If something more complex or serious comes up while a camper is at camp, we are frequently in touch with the relevant physician on-call at the IWK, and when in doubt, we will take them to Valley Regional Hospital to be assessed. Of course, in the case of an emergency, it takes about 20 minutes for an ambulance to reach us.  

How does COVID change your policies and procedures? 

We are looking at changing our check-in process, ensuring that we are including a COVID screening process. We are adapting the ways campers access our Medical Centre and for what symptoms, updating our cleaning protocols in all areas of camp, and incorporating a cohort framework for our campers and staff. We are updating many components of our operations to ensure we can run safely! 

What kind of training is provided? 

If selected for a position at Brigadoon, we will provide a virtual training session before arrival. We’ll provide you with our Medical Centre policies and procedures as well as a Medical Staff Handbook which are to be reviewed before your week of camp. When you arrive, we’ll do a more thorough orientation process on Sunday morning before campers arrive. Of course, the training process is ongoing, and our Camp Nurses will be there to guide how to handle different situations as they come up and give reminders on our best practices! Page Break 

What does a day look like as a Medical Staff at Brigadoon? 

A day might look something like this: 

7:00  Wake Up 
7:30  Med Administration 
8:00  Breakfast / Med Admin 
9:00-12:30  Med Centre Duty 
12:30  Lunch – Med Admin 
1:30  Time Off 
2:30  Cabin Inspection 
3:30-5:30  Free Time 
5:30  Dinner – Med Admin 
6:30  Evening Program 
7:30  Campfire 
8:30  Bedtime – Med Admin 
Overnight  Radio On-Call 

Med administration times: often first thing in the morning, at mealtimes, and before bedtime, our med staff are administering medications to the campers to whom they’re assigned. Of course, depending on their campers and the week of camp, campers will also have scheduled med times at other times of the day. 

  • Med centre duty: medical staff are assigned to different shifts throughout the day, where they spend it in the med centre and responding to radio calls. When campers or staff have acute concerns throughout the day, they’ll drop by the med centre or call for assistance on the radio, we always have several people who are on duty throughout the day. This might also mean helping our Camp Nurses with cleaning and admin of the med centre.  
  • On-call: Once bedtime meds are done for the day, our medical staff rotate overnight on-call duty, as well. This just means that whichever medical staff member is on-call for the night goes to sleep but with the radio nearby so that if there are any medical concerns overnight, they can respond. Of course, there are always many other people around who can help to troubleshoot concerns and to help out if it’s something more complicated! 
  • Time off: There is time off allocated to each member of the medical staff team each day, which means it could be spent going for a swim, having a nap or a shower break, calling home, or reading a book outside in the sun.  

Outside of the above times, we encourage our Medical Staff to get involved in what’s going on at camp! Head to archery with a group of campers, play our evening program game alongside our campers, and you wouldn’t want to miss our campfires and talent show! 

Questions? Contact our Summer Director, Tiffany, at summerdirector@brigadoonvillage.org