Re: safe swim
Robert Caron (robert.caron@UMB.EDU)
Mon, 31 Aug 1998 12:03:14 -0400
In cases of swimming and biking activities, there is a special emphasis in the
Guide to Safe Scouting on having relevant medical information on hand.
If you read through the G2SS, you will see the explanation about the three
classes of medical record and their uses. We have decided that, rather than
try to judge each activity on our calendar and match it up with the correct
level of medical form requirement, we should just go class 3 across the board.
Every Scout and Scouter in our Troop must have a class 3 based on an annual
physical exam on file to participate in Troop activities. Doing this in such
a blanket fashion eliminates the last minute rushes for medical forms at
Summer Camp time and others. Also, many of the events we attend (e.g.,
regional Camporees) require medical forms on hand. We send out renewal
reminders with blank forms three months prior to everyone's expiration date
(one year from date of physical).
So, we have a big plastic envelope with everyone's medical form that travels
As to your other point about swimming at a navy pool, don't forget the Safe
Swim Defense requirements. Even though you are at a "commercial" swimming
facility, you are still required to see that the SSD requirements are met, and
if necessary supplement the safety accomodations at that facility to reach
that level. When we go to a YMCA pool, this usually means we assign
additional Scouters as pool guards per the SSD requirement (1 per 10), marked
off areas, buddy system, etc.
Michael Salvetti wrote:
> The camp staff mention that for any kind of water sport that a troop does,
> you have to have a class one medical form on hand.
> We go swimming at a navel swimming pool quite often and never taken the
> class one. Do we need to?
Troop Committee Secretary, Northborough Troop 101
Brotherhood, Chippanyonk Lodge #59, OA
Knox Trail Council #244, BSA
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