scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: med forms redux
Fri Mar 24 2000 - 10:13:28 CST
. For ANY event where a Class
II is acceptable a Class III IS just as correct! The class III is absolutely
NOT a non-standard form.
I agree absolutely-- I'd be just as happy if they made the Class 3 forms the
standard for everything except day trips, because sooner or later you're
gonna have to have a health professional exam. For kids, every two or three
or one year, depending on yur state (MA used to be every 12 months, now every
24, for example) and annually for adults 40+ or ANYONE with a chronic or
serious health condition. The back of the annual enrollment form is the class
1 form-- have you noticed? It's enough for day trips or even overnights
<72hrs. The info on the class 3 adds nothing to the class 2 except the list
of conditions that can be noted as specifically excluded, sometimes a good
idea for jogging the memory of the parent or other historian.
My beef, imperfectly stated, was with the vast variety of forms piled in the
file when a troop brings a bunch of boys to camp and there are stapled
addenda to the standard BSA forms, all different, often faded to the point of
illegibility. It's a real pain to have to review them at check-in to see that
the required info is on the pediatrician's own form, or to have to get info
on a kid who come in for treatment. My plea was to make it easier on the camp
nurse by using the BSA standardized form.
Parents ARE lazy about this, no fear <G>-- they are always astounded to get
the call from the nurse at check in because there's no insurance info, no
signature, no dates on the immunizations, "Oh, the doctor didn't write all
that in?" NO, because it's YOUR responsibility to do it.
A good H&S person for your troop should check over each and every health form
before it goes out the door, and get it completed when necessary before camp.
Many troops keep health forms in a book with a databasae in front indicating
when they expire, reminders & new blank forms get sent out, etc. Then when
the troop goes to camp, the last thing in the leader's hands is the book,
which is then handed to the camp nurse. We love it.
And don't get me started on Philmont or Jambo health forms. Each has a time
limit-- exams must be within 6 months (unless they've changes within the past
yr) of event date. "Why can't I use last year's soccer physical?"(this after
sending back the Jambo form with the old soccer physical stapled to it <G>.)
"My health insurance only pays for one well-child exam every two years." "Why
can't I just say 'Up to date' on the immmunizations list?" "How should I
know, his mother has all that." I always say sweetly that it's not that I
don't care, it's that Jambo or Philmont will send little Johnny home if it's
not the way they want it, and this is the way they want it. Sometimes we get
a local BSA-oriented MD or NP to do a physical for free or reduced cost, if
money is truly an issue (as opposed to laziness).
I must be getting old and tired <G>.
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety and going in 01!
I useta be an Eagle...