Ben Parker (bparker@INTERACCESS.COM)
Mon, 26 Jun 1995 12:57:14 -0500
On Mon, 26 Jun 1995, Bob Rosebrough, GBL, B-200 wrote:
> Does anyone know what the BSA policy is concerning dispensing medicine to scouts
> on outings?
As far as I know, there is no stated BSA policy on this. Whatever is
extant in your state would apply. The basic rule is however: DON'T give
a scout any medicine unless you are a licensed M.D. or other medical
praticioner, an EMT (or similar) responding in your official capacity in
an emergency situation, or you are the Scout's parent (or legal guardian).
If a Scout is supposed to be taking regular medication, you can observe
that he self-administer's but not more. As suggested earlier, a specific
note from parents about it is desirable, if not necessary. At our summer
camp. the health officer requires that he/she oversee all self-
administered medications (and keeps all but life-necessary meds locked up
in the health office).
Basically, as Scout Leader, you need to be in-the-know about meds your
scouts may posses, but you are not part of the chain of administration.
Check with your First-Aid experts. Again, the variance in rules from
state to state is such that you need to know the local rules. It's not
something that can be set by National BSA.
Ben Parker (IL) firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com
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