Annual Health and Medical Record
Annual Health and Medical Record
(Valid for 12 calendar months)
The Boy Scouts of America recommends that all youth and adult members have annual medical evaluations
by a certified and licensed health-care provider. In an effort to provide better care to those who may become
ill or injured and to provide youth members and adult leaders a better understanding of their own physical
capabilities, the Boy Scouts of America has established minimum standards for providing medical information
prior to participating in various activities. Those standards are offered below in one three-part medical form.
Note that unit leaders must always protect the privacy of unit participants by protecting their medical information.
Parts A and C
are to be completed annually by all BSA unit members. Both parts are required for all events
that do not exceed 72 consecutive hours, where the level of activity is similar to that normally expended at home
or at school, such as day camp, day hikes, swimming parties, or an overnight camp, and where medical care is
readily available. Medical information required includes a current health history and list of medications. Part C
also includes the parental informed consent and hold harmless/release agreement (with an area for notarization if
required by your state) as well as a talent release statement. Adult unit leaders should review participants’ health
histories and become knowledgeable about the medical needs of the youth members in their unit. This form is to
be filled out by participants and parents or guardians and kept on file for easy reference.
is required with parts A and C for any event that exceeds 72 consecutive hours
, a resident camp
setting, or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding, such as service projects, work
weekends, or high-adventure treks. It is to be completed and signed by a certified and licensed health-care
provider—physician (MD, DO), nurse practitioner, or physician’s assistant as appropriate for your state. The
level of activity ranges from what is normally expended at home or at school to strenuous activity such as
hiking and backpacking. Other examples include tour camping, jamborees, and Wood Badge training courses.
It is important to note that the height/weight chart must be strictly adhered to if the event will take the unit
beyond a radius wherein emergency evacuation is more than 30 minutes by ground transportation, such as
backpacking trips, high-adventure activities, and conservation projects in remote areas.
Based on the vast experience of the medical community, the BSA has identified that the following risk factors
may define your participation in various outdoor adventures.
Exc• essive body weight
Hypertension (high blood pressure)•
Lack of appropriate immunizations•
Psychiatric/psychological and emotional difficulties•
For more information on medical risk factors, visit Scouting Safely on
The taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that
individual’s parent or guardian. A leader, after obtaining all the necessary information, can agree to accept the
responsibility of making sure a youth takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but BSA does not
mandate or necessarily encourage the leader to do so. Also, if state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.
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