Kathie Cerveny (kathie@DELTA.EECS.NWU.EDU)
Mon, 26 Jun 1995 12:55:42 -0500
Yes, we are very strict on our requirements for the dispensing of
medicine. I believe you will find it on the medical forms; in our
basic training courses; etc.
NO scout is to have medicine with him. All medicines are to be in the
hands and protection of the unit leader and dispensed only through
The parents MUST put into writing what medication is to be taken;
when; how many times; dosage; etc. ONLY then can we dispense
Some of our camps require that medications be handled through the
health lodge, thus, all written permission and instructions from
parents, plus the medication must be turned into the health lodge when
you arrive at camp.
In the case of the medication being with the scout, there ARE cases
when this is imperative for his safety. If so, the parent (read that
as legal guardian as well) must also put that in writing.
Whenever you have something in writing from the parent, but SURE it is
signed with a legal signature.
You will also find this information among the youth protection miriad
> Does anyone know what the BSA policy is concerning dispensing medicine to scouts
> on outings? Surely there is something out there
> in black and white concerning my responsibilities and protection if I dispense s
> ome prescription medicine on an outing. I am fully
> aware of the policies and ramifications of dispensing medicines in a school sett
> ing in Maryland. These policies are in place in prevent
> and protect against both law suits and danger to the student. Can't these same
> concerns apply to us in scouting? I guess what
> bothers me is that, on a recent outing as the weekend leader, I was presented bo
> th Ritalin and Prozac to me by a parent with verbal
> instructions on dispensing the two.
> What are my liabilities in this situation as I live in the sue crazy Baltimore-W
> ashington Corridor? Does anyone think that I was taken
> advantage of, or is this my paranoia?
> Bob Rosebrough
> ASM Troop 601
> Columbia MD
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