Summer Camp Health Policies

Q. Can I use last year’s Annual Health and Medical Record with a physical conducted in August 2018 for a summer camp in June 2019?

A. Yes, an Annual Health and Medical Record that contains a valid physical exam can be used to meet your council’s resident camp standards in 2018 as long as it is the current Annual Health and Medical Form. All old versions became obsolete as of April 2015.

Medical forms will NOT be returned. Please make copies BEFORE coming to camp. Anyone who is attending camp MUST have a current, completed BSA Medical form including Parts A, B, and C.

National Camp Standards

“A Current Annual BSA Health and Medical Record (No. 680-001 2014 Printing) with Parts A, B, and C completed within the past 12 calendar months is required for all staff, leaders, and campers while in attendance. Health histories and records of required physical examinations for all staff members, leaders, and campers are on file while in attendance. Medical forms are shared only on a need-to-know basis.”

BSA 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 requires that everyone who participates at summer camp have an annual medical evaluation by a certified and licensed health-care provider: a physician (MD or DO), nurse practitioner, or physician assistant.

The Validity of Health Forms

An annual health and medical record are valid through the end of the 12th month from the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, a physical administered March 3, 2017, would be valid until March 31, 2018.

The Annual BSA Health and Medical Record is valid for 12 CALENDAR MONTHS FOR ALL LEADERS AND SCOUTS. All medical forms must be valid through your stay at camp.

*Please Note if your form expires halfway through your week at camp, you must get an updated physical prior to your arrival. Forms are good until the end of the month unless it is on one of the older versions of the health form.

Medical Insurance

Scouts are required to have medical insurance to attend camp. Parents should complete all areas on the Medical Record Form that request insurance information. Failing to do so can greatly delay medical rechecks as most Scouts are not familiar with their medical insurance status. Please attach a photocopy of the Scout’s insurance card.