Re: Medical Forms (was RE: Convoy)
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Wed, 31 Jul 1996 00:09:34 -0500
Cheryl Singhal wrote:
>One of the attorneys here will no doubt correct me if I am in error, but
>I do not believe a Xeroxed signature is legally valid and therefore may
>not acceptable to the local hospital. EVEN if it is considered legal in
>your own town, you can't bank on a hospital in another town where they
>know neither you nor the Scout agreeing to accept it (and thus opening
>themselves to the risk of a law suit).
Cheryl's correct, but in most Councils, each Scout/Scouter had to fill out
a camp application and in the *small print*, is a "power of medical
attorney" statement like "I hearby grant the Cardinal Council, it's agents
and professional staff members, and volunteer staff members of Camp
Brown-Candey or the John Y. Brown Scout Reservation permission to transport
and sign for emergency medical treatment for my Scout son(s)
listed on this application; such consent is valid only if I cannot provide
such permission myself, and if representatives of the Cardinal Council
cannot reasonably contact me in the event of an emergency. In such
emergency cases, I can be contacted at (line for phone number) or
(additional line for other phone number). (space for signature of parent or
It is *this statement* and not neccessarily the BSA health and medical form
signature, which gives the camp staff permission to sign for the parent or
guardian....and its usually left to the professional staff person at camp to
sign (for liability reasons, of course) in many cases.
Other camps have worked out an ongoing relationship with the medical
treatment facilities close by to admit and treat Scouts and Scouters from
their camp and to "bill the Council" if there are problems with admission.
As far as parental consent, the camp is acting "inloco parentis" and as long
as the camp director or the professional staff member in charge of outdoor
activities (or the Council Scout Executive in smaller Councils) is making
attempts at contacting the parents, the hospital staff will go on and treat
That's WHY THOSE MEDICAL FORMS ARE IMPORTANT AND NOT JUST A "PAPERWORK DRILL".
>At which point -- will BSA accept a Xerox copy of their form?
Sure they will. Councils accept photocopies of forms all of time, complete
with photocopied signatures...the same goes for faxed consent forms.
>None of which has anything to do, IMHO, with convoys.
I changed the subject line...you're right that this has little to do with
convoy movement to and from the camp and everything to do with health and
safety of Scouts and Scouters enroute and returning from camp.
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