Parents –make their camp dreams a reality.
We share one common goal for your child’s experience at Tamarack Camps: creating a safe, positive and fulfilling environment that your child will remember for years to come.
Thank you for allowing us to make that happen.
Summer 2020 Registration Will Open on September 23
Tamarack Camps offers scholarships to qualifying Jewish families who live in Michigan. Assistance is available for Camp Maas, Outpost Camps, and the Teen Travel Trips. Specific details regarding scholarship forms and the process will be provided once your camper is registered for camp and scholarship has been requested. Click here for more on the scholarship process.
Parents send their children to camp and assume they will enjoy themselves, benefit from positive social interactions, learn from the rich Jewish environment and, most importantly, be safe and healthy. Safety and public health remain the number one priority for Tamarack Camps. Each year, the American Academy of Pediatrics publishes a “Recommended Childhood and Adolescent Immunization Schedule.” Practicing pediatricians across North America consider this the standard of care. In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has established vaccine standards for adults. The vaccination of all members of a community creates conditions that protect young children, babies, the elderly, pregnant women, and those who cannot be immunized from harmful and life-threatening diseases.
While parents may choose to defer the vaccination of their children, for Tamarack Camps this is not an issue of individual rights and choice, but an issue of public health and policy. Routine vaccination is an important public health matter especially in the confined environment of a residential summer camp with round-the-clock communal living and with some vulnerable populations present.
Given the overriding Jewish value of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life), that puts a premium on maintaining health, including taking preventive measures, along with the clear public health based need to protect the camp community as a whole, and those unable to receive vaccines in particular, we are requiring that all campers, staff, artists in residence, volunteers, doctors, nurses, and their families planning to attend/participate in any Tamarack Camps program be immunized as outlined below.
ALL THOSE WHO ARE ATTENDING/PARTICIPATING IN A TAMARACK CAMPS PROGRAM AT CAMP MAAS, AGREE OUTPOST CAMP OR CAMP KENNEDY, OR ON A WESTERN/ALASKA/ISRAEL TRAVEL TRIP (including staff, kids, artists in residence, doctors, nurses, and their families, etc.) ARE REQUIRED TO PROVIDE DOCUMENTATION THAT THEY HAVE HAD AGE-APPROPRIATE VACCINES as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the State of Michigan (see charts below), with the exceptions noted.
Participants or staff over age 21 who are not able to provide documentation, will be required to sign an affidavit indicating that to the best of their knowledge, they have either received their childhood vaccines or contracted the diseases.
Policy exceptions: We recognize that individuals, who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine, will not be able to receive further doses of that individual vaccine. In addition, individuals with medical conditions such as congenital immunodeficiency or HIV, malignancies receiving chemotherapy, transplant patients, and persons receiving immunosuppressive drugs and chronic steroids, will not be able to receive certain vaccines. In these instances, the primary care provider documenting the problem and exempting the child from further doses of that specific vaccine must be furnished to Tamarack Camps, and it will be reviewed by the medical committee. These waivers are subject to an annual review.
This policy will be enforced in accordance with all applicable local, state and federal laws. In no way should this policy be interpreted to violate the laws of the State of Michigan or regulations affecting licensed Residential Child Camps within the state.
Please note that the Hepatitis A and HPV vaccines are strongly recommended.
If, as an infant, your child did not receive standard immunizations – please follow the CDC catch-up schedule.