Scott Killen (SKILLEN@SRC_FS1.AUTOTESTER.COM)
Fri, 9 Jun 1995 09:17:42 CDT
There has been some comment on the board about my recommendation
to obtain notarized releases for all your scouts and carry them with
you at all time. Let me explain the basis for this recommendation.
I am Health and Safety officer for a very large troop (150 boys).
As part of our pre-trip planning we always phone the hospital closest
to where we are staying and ask the following questions
* How do we get from where we are to where you are? (You don't want
to have to figure this out when you are in a hurry)
* What kind of emergency services can you provide? (snakebite,
anaphalactic shock, orthopedic etc.)
* What type of parental release do you require.
In my experience roughly 95% of the hospitals I have contacted require
NOTARIZED releases for non-life threatening injuries.
A couple have required a simple parental signature and only one has
not required any parental release at all (it was a very small town
I should add here that life-threatning as used in this context doesn't
necesarrily mean imminent death, but does include other very serious injuries
such as spinal injuries that threaten paralysis and the like.
What it does mean is that broken bones, serious rashes, stomach disorders and
such will not be treated until contact can be made with the parents.
Of course that contact may be problematic.
Since far and away most hospitals do require notarized parental releases
to treat and since as a Scouter you are always prepared .. its a
very, very good idea to have them on hand. They do you no good if they
are signed, notarized and in your Scout Hut.
A notebook of combined Class 1 and 2 forms ... notarized at the bottom
does nicely and has met the requirements for all hospitals that I have
spoken with. (They especially like the historical medical information
also on the form.)
For further information concerning how our troop does this, you can
and you might want to look at the following page for help in campsite
Hope this is of some help to the list.
Scott W. Killen
Eagle Class of '65
I used to be a Bob White too.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City