Q/A: Health and Medical
Q: I am looking for information
regarding requirements for health and medical checks for members at OA functions.
Since members come to OA events as individuals and not as units, medical
volunteers who serve our functions have expressed concern that they should have
some type of medical form as well as a parent's emergency release form. Can you point me to the BSA/OA guidelines?
A: The requirements for health and medical checks for OA functions are the same
as for any other Scouting event. The policy statement can be found in the "Guide
for Safe Scouting", in chapter V, "Medical Information" and
For most OA events, such as weekend conclaves or training
Part A and Part B of the Annual BSA Health and Medical Record
For any national event, such as the National Order of the Arrow Conference, the
Parts A, B, and C of the Annual Health and Medical Record are required.
Frequently asked qusetions on the Annual Health and Medical Record can be
Many lodges and
sections send out the Annual Health and Medical Record form as part of their event registration materials
and then collect them in advance or at the event as appropriate. Copies of the
medical forms should be available at your council service center and are also
available on the BSA web site,
Annual Health and Medical Record.
In addition, the current
copy of 'The Guide to Safe Scouting," available at any Scout Shop, has many
guidelines that a lodge adviser should be aware of.
The guide is also available
online at the BSA web site.
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