Re: Medical Question
Michael Dobson (dobson@INFO.USUHS.MIL)
Fri, 14 Apr 1995 08:41:53 -0400
On the SCOUTS-L mailing list Bob Condon wrote:
[ SPL at pre-camporee meeting]
> One piece of info that came out is that the boys
> do not need to have medical forms/ physicals update
> as often. It is now 3 years to renew the info.
> This makes our life a bit easier if true.
> Us old codgers (adults) still are required annual
> Is this a national change of recent?
There has been no change in the policy and the above can be misleading.
The following is from memory, the exact details can be found in the Guide
to Safe Scouting available at your Council Service Center.
For all youth and adults under the age of 40, a physical by a doctor or
other approved health care provider using the Class II form is only
required every 3 years. The Class II is required for all outings in excess
of 72 hours. There are exceptions to this 3 year rule: anyone on
prescritption medication requires an annual Class II physical or anyone
with a medical condition that limits activity. However, the Class II must
be updated annually by filing out the Class I portion (the medical history)
signed by the parent or guardian (or scouter). For example, if your scouts
had a Class II physical in April 1994, they would need a new Class I form
attached to it to attend a May 1995 Camporee.
The annual Class I physical is required for all outdoor activities of less
than 72 hours for youth and adults under age 40. So to be properlly
covered for weekend campouts and hikes, etc, all your newly acquired
Webelos scouts must at least have a Class I form on file with the unit.
For adults over the age of 40 and anyone attending a High Adventure
activity, the Class III form is required. This must be completed annually
for Scouters over 40 and must be less than a year old for those under 40
attending a High Adventure activity. The Class III can be used by those
under 40 for three years when updated annually by a Class I for those
activities that normally require a Class II physical. So if you are under
40 and get a Class III physical for Philmont for this year, you can use it
for summer camp for the next two years when accompanined by an updated
Medical History (Class I) form.
Note: the Class I and Class II physical forms are printed together on the
same piece of paper. The Class I is the top portion of the front side of
the form. The Class II is the bottom portion and back side of the form.
The Class III form is a completely separate form.
It should be the job of one of the Unit leaders to maintain a file with all
the Unit's physical forms and to notify members that need to update their
forms at least two months prior to their expiration. The physical forms
should accompany the Unit on all outings in case medical treatment is
required and should be accompanied by permission slips that authorize
emergency medical treatment. Remember, as a minimum, everyone must have a
valid Class I form on file in order to participate in any outdoor activity
be it Unit or District.
Mike, Eagle '70, CM Pack 1071, MC Troop 1071, Olde Mill District, NCAC
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