Health & Safety
Complementing our health office team, our Activity Heads are well-prepared with first aid training and American Red Cross CPR certification. Our pool lifeguards are equipped with essential lifesaving skills and hold certification as Water Safety Instructors. At our boating waterfront, you can count on the vigilance of two dedicated lifeguards, all of whom possess Small Craft Safety training certified by the American Red Cross.
To ensure a rapid response in any emergency situation, our staff has access to life-saving equipment, including AEDs, comprehensive first-aid kits, and emergency phones strategically placed throughout the campus. Your safety and well-being are our top priorities, and our team is fully equipped and trained to provide the utmost care and support.
We are dedicated to providing a safe and inclusive dining experience at our camp. While our campus isn’t entirely nut-free, we maintain a strong commitment to nut sensitivity. Our daily snack offerings feature a diverse range of options to cater to all campers’ needs. Families also have the flexibility to bring their own snacks should they prefer.
Families can choose between packing their child’s lunch or ordering a meal from our dining services team. Lunch is included in the tuition fees. If a camper brings a bagged lunch, it will be collected at drop-off and stored in a refrigerated area until lunchtime. For campers with special dietary requirements, we kindly request parents to inform us of their child’s nutritional needs.
We’ve streamlined the process of communicating dietary preferences with us through the registration forms. If you have any inquiries or concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Your camper’s health and safety are of utmost importance to us. Additionally, families can access the ingredients list for all snack items for easy planning.
To ensure the safety and well-being of all campers and staff, we have specific guidelines regarding medication management on our campus. All medications must be in their original containers and will be securely stored in our Health Center, with the exception of inhalers and EpiPens. Please note that campers and staff are not permitted to carry any medication on their person, including vitamins and over-the-counter medications.
To maintain a thorough and accurate record, all medications, unless they are part of our standing orders, must be documented and signed for by a guardian using our Medication Administration Form. We will provide detailed information about this process during the registration, ensuring that you have a clear understanding of our medication policy to promote a safe and nurturing camp experience.
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.
Juli Morse has spent ten years in the field of healthcare administration. After graduating from Providence College in 2011, she spent ten years working in healthcare administration. Juli returned to school to pursue a degree in Nursing and currently works as a medical-surgical RN at a local community hospital and Brooks School. During camp, Juli creates a welcoming environment focused on wellness and safety. In her free time, Juli loves to explore the outdoors with her husband, their two kids, and their golden retriever. She especially loves to swim, play tennis and go camping!