Policy on Use of the Annual Health and Medical Record
In order to provide better care for its members and to assist
them in better understanding their own physical capabilities, the Boy
Scouts of America recommends that everyone who participates in a
Scouting event have an annual medical evaluation by a certified and
licensed health-care provider—a physician (MD or DO), nurse
practitioner, or physician assistant. Providing your medical information
on this four-part form
will help ensure you meet the minimum standards for participation in
various activities. Note that unit leaders must always protect the
privacy of unit participants by protecting their medical information.
Parts A and B are
to be completed at least annually by participants in all Scouting
events. This health history, parental/guardian informed consent and hold
harmless/release agreement, and talent release statement is to be
completed by the participant and parents/guardians.
Part C is
the physical exam that is required for participants in any event that
exceeds 72 consecutive hours, for all high-adventure base participants,
or when the nature of the activity is strenuous and demanding. Service
projects or work weekends may fit this description. Part C is to be
completed and signed by a certified and licensed heath-care
provider—physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician
assistant. It is important to note that the height/weight limits must be
strictly adhered to when the event will take the unit more than 30
minutes away from an emergency vehicle, accessible roadway, or when the
program requires it, such as backpacking trips, high-adventure
activities, and conservation projects in remote areas.
Part D pertains to high-adventure programs and is not applicable to Cub Scouting.