The rules and injured scouts
Greg Stewart (Greg33@AOL.COM)
Fri, 15 Aug 1997 17:27:27 -0400
The story of the boy with the broken ankle sounds all too familiar.
Upon arriving at summer camp this year, I was asked to "adopt" two scouts
from a troop who had missed their week of camp due to a death in the family.
I agreed to take them on. With them, our troop constituted eight boys and
Late on the first day of camp, adopted scout 1 (David) came down with what
appeared to be a mild asthma attack. The camp medic called his mother and
she suggested we take him to a local hospital (30 miles) to get him checked
and get a stronger prescription inhaler for him. Before leaving, child
protection rules were discussed and adopted scout 2 (Codey) volunteered to
come along to prevent a 1 on 1 situation.
As we traveled to the hospital, David became increasingly worse until he was
hyperventilating when we arrived. Needless to say, he did not return to camp
and spent three days in the hospital.
As I traveled back to camp late that night alone, one on one with Codey, I
couldn't help but thinking that atleast I tried to keep this situation from
happening! Even the best of intentions can go amuck.
One other major problem with this incident was the medical form and the
parent permission slip. The council camp is usually real strict on each boy
having these and has inspected them upon check in. So to avoid problems, I
went through each form with each boy/parent to make sure they were complete.
When I adopted the two boys, I was handed their medical forms and almost
immediately gave them to the medic, who stashed them away. Neither of us
really looked at them. The two boys had no permission slips, so David's
aunt, who met us there, filled them out and signed them.
When we arrived at the hospital, I found that David's medical form was not
filled out. It was not signed by his parents. Only the back side (school
physical form) was signed by an MD with the words "no restrictions" scrawled
in doc write on it. The form had no address, phone number, no age, weight,
etc. It also did not mention asthma. The hospital was LIVID to say the
least and I got a real good tongue lashing. And the permission form was no
good either because his aunt can not sign for him. Anyways, they were able
to contact David's mother via phone and get permission to work on him. But I
got a real good tongue lashing (i.e. how could you take a scout into the
woods with no medical form??????) from the admissions clerk.
I discussed this with the medic at camp as well as the camp director and
David's parents. We all learned something.
Anyway........we can only do our best...............
Other than that, it was an AWESOME week in camp!!!!!!!!!!!! (Camp Grizzly,
......used to be a beaver..........
Greg in WA
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