When should the BSA medical form be filled out?
When your child has his or her annual checkup, take along a copy of the BSA medical form to get it filled out also.
Sometimes this takes parents by surprise. Remind them to do it when they have their child’s physical. And adults who will be participating in activities will also need one. The form ensures that activity leaders are aware of any medical issues for the participants. This is one of the BSA safety rules.
Where can I find the latest version of the medical form?
The newest version of the BSA medical form can be found on the Scouting.org website:
Parts A and B are required for all Scouts and adults participating in any Scouting events. This is the one the adult or the Scout’s parents fill out. Parts A and B cover things like contact information, insurance coverage, health history, hold harmless release, photo release, and adult or parent signature.
Do I need Part C?
Part C is usually the one that causes last minute scrambling. It is the physical. It seems like no matter how many times you warn the parents that their kids are going to need a physician’s signature on the medical form, there are some who put it off until right before camp. Part C is required for Scouts and adults if any of the following apply:
- The event will last more than 72 hours
- The event is a high adventure base event
- The event is strenuous and demanding
Part D only applies to Scouts and adults who are going to a high adventure base.
Scouts and adults who will be participating in a back country activity need to pay particular attention to the height and weight regulations on a form.
So if you don’t have your forms ready for your Scouts and yourself, stop delaying and make an appointment today. Then when it is time to get ready for summer camp, everyone will be prepared.
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