Health & Safety
Health & Wellness Center
The Camp Health Center plays an essential role in maintaining a safe environment. The Wellness Center is staffed by a registered nurse at all times, who oversees the administration of medications. Nurses also provide first-aid and preventative care, as well as assess if additional medical services are required.
Our registered nurses work in conjunction with Melissa Donais, who serves as our Health Care Consultant. Mrs. Donais is a board-certified family nurse practitioner (RN, FNP-BC) who is available for consultation with our staff at all times.
In addition to our health office staff, Activity Heads are first aid trained and CPR certified through the American Red Cross. All pool lifeguards have lifesaving training and are Water Safety Instructor certified. The boating waterfront is manned by two lifeguards and all boating staff is Small Craft Safety trained by the American Red Cross. Throughout campus, the staff has access to AEDs, first-aid kits, and emergency phones.
We are cautious about the foods we offer. While not a nut-free campus, we are nut sensitive. Our daily snacks provide a wide array of options to suit all campers. Families always have the option of packing their own snacks if they so wish.
Each child brings their own bagged lunch to camp. Lunches are refrigerated until served. Parents of campers with special diets should inform us of their child’s nutritional needs.
It is easy to communicate dietary needs with us through the forms completed during the registration process. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to ask. We are happy to do everything we can to ensure your camper’s health and safety. Families always have the option of packing their own snacks if they so wish. Families can also view the ingredients list of all camp-offered food here.
- All medications brought to campus must be in original containers and will be kept in the Health Center (except for some inhalers and EpiPens). Neither campers nor staff are allowed to keep any medication on their person, including vitamins and over-the-counter medicine.
All medication, except for those listed as part of our standing orders must be documented and signed for by a parent, using the Medication Administration Form. This will be explained in more detail as part of the registration process.
Meet Our Staff
Health Care Consultant
Melissa Donais, RN, FNP-BC, joined Brooks in the fall of 2021 as the Director of Health and Wellness. She is also an assistant coach for the Brooks boys and girls cross country teams. She is a 2002 graduate of Phillips Academy Andover and 2006 graduate with distinction from Yale University, where she was awarded the Lily Rosen Prize in Women’s Health for her senior thesis on the Female Athlete Triad, now known as RED-S syndrome. In 2010, Donais obtained her master’s degree in nursing at Boston College. For eleven years, she worked as a primary care family nurse practitioner at North Reading Medical Associates, affiliated with Winchester Hospital. An accomplished runner, she competed in cross country and track in high school and college, and continues to enjoy competing in local and regional events. Donais lives in North Andover, Mass., with her husband Nate, two young children Brennan and Audrey, and her brittany spaniel Uta.
Health Services Supervisor
Alison directs all aspects of the health center’s operation in accordance with state and local regulations and collaborates with our Health Care Consultant. Alsion strives to ensure that all participants have a healthy and safe experience. She is committed to community health and health care equity. Alison has worked as a pediatric nurse for 17 years and has been a member of the Brooks School Summer Programs since 2018. During the school year, she works with local pediatrician’s offices and as a school nurse. Alison is the mother of three children who enjoy the outdoors. Her family is passionate about camping and boating in the summer and skiing and snowboarding in the winter.