Scouts-L Mail Archive for April of 1999: Re: Food allergies, etc.
Re: Food allergies, etc.
Fri, 23 Apr 1999 09:36:48 -0600
Mark Arend wrote:
>At last weekends campout one of our kids got sick. His stomach hurt & he
>was generally a very unhappy camper. Eventually he decided he should go
>home & luckily we were only about 10 miles outside of town so he could call.
>Anyway, when I talked with his father at Tuesday's meeting I found that the
>boy is lactose-intolerant. That evening his Patrol had had lasagna, which
>is full of guess what? Cheese. And to drink they had, guess again? Milk.
>Luckily no permanant harm done. But there are some lessons here:
>1--In our new parent orientation (which his parents attended) we mention
>needing to know about medical conditions but we don't specifically mention
>allergies. We'll need to stress this more. And perhaps we should actually
>look over those medical forms that the kids hand us and we stick in the file.
Mark's right about this. We keep our medical forms in a metal file box and
each scout has a file folder. On the outside of the folder we use big blue
markers to indicate any medication the scouts is taking and a red marker to
indicate any allergies (food, insect, plant or medications). Now it's not
that every one of our 28 leaders sees the folder for all of our 76 scouts
but over time and by involving as many leaders as possible in the summer
camp med forms check-in we usually have a leader or two at an event for
whom it might ring an alarm bell. We also do a little form that is
confidential on which parents might put other information such as
bed-wetting, constipation problems, etc.
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