Summer Camp; When is Your Child Ready
Dr. Edward (Skip) Walton, MD
Creating Healthy Camp Experiences,
Attending camp can be an unforgettable experience for young children, and it can have a positive effect on their psychological development, self esteem and independence. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has revised the policy statement, “Creating Healthy Camp Experiences,” in the April issue of Pediatrics (published online March 28), to provide guidelines to help care for campers in all situations, including children with medical or psychological issues. Dr. Edward (Skip) Walton, MD, comes on the show to discuss how parents can help their kids to have a healthy camp experience.
Dr. Edward (Skip) Walton earned his BA in biology from Middlebury College and his MD from Dartmouth Medical School. He then went on to complete Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics residencies at the University of California, San Diego. He is board certified in Pediatrics, Emergency Medicine, and Pediatric Emergency Medicine. For 10 years, Dr. Walton was Assistant Professor in the departments of Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Michigan. Currently, he is the Division Director of Pediatric Emergency Medicine at William Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, Michigan. Dr. Walton has been involved in camping and camp health research for twenty years, and his scholarly articles concerning camp health issues have appeared in major medical journals. Having served several summers as a camp doctor in New Hampshire, he now consults on camp health issues for the American Academy of Pediatrics and serves on the National Board of the American Camp Association. Dr. Walton has shared his youth development and camp expertise at medical and other professional conferences, in broadcast and print media, and on the Internet. Dr. Walton has received a variety of honors and recognitions for excellence in education, service, and patient care. Most recently, the Michigan College of Emergency Physicians named him "Emergency Physician of the Year" in 2007. Dr. Walton is a longtime member of the American Camp Association.
Melanie Cole, M.S.
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