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Important Reminder from Steve Coe, Powahay District Health and Safety Chairman:


All volunteers participating in Scouting activities should be familiar with the newly revised Guide to Safe Scouting. Failure to follow the GTSS could jeopardize BSA liability coverage for you, your unit, and your charter organization. Don’t put yourself or unit at risk. The GTSS is online at: http://www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/GSS.aspx.


Each unit is required to carry at least Part A and B of the Annual Health and Medical Form (Form 680-001 2014 version) (CLICK HERE) for each Scout. Activities that exceed more than 72 hours and/or are more strenuous would require Part C, a Physical Exam signed by a licensed physician. Most units keep a copy of medical forms submitted for summer camp and get updated Parts A and B at the start of the program year for those Scouts that did not attend summer camp and whenever a new boy joins the unit. Do not digitize medical forms! The paper copies must be carried.


In addition to the medical forms, Unit Leaders must have with them at the activity, a permission form for each scout signed by a parent or legal guardian, giving consent for the Scout to participate in the activity and consent for medical treatment. BSA form 680-673 (CLICK HERE) is used for this purpose, and also includes a “Hold Harmless Agreement” protecting YOU, your unit, the district, council and BSA. For Spanish speakers, you must use the bilingual form 19-673 (2014).

Scout Leaders must be aware of prescription or other medication that their Scouts may have in their possession and follow BSA and State Guidelines in administering medication. The “Routine Drug Administration Record” (attached) is used for this purpose.


From the Safe Guide to Scouting: “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.”



All prescription medication must be in the original pharmacy container labeled with name of patient, date prescription was filled, pharmacy phone number, name of medication, dosage and schedule and instruction for taking, prescribing doctor and expiration date of medication. MEDICATION in zip lock bags or little jars or envelopes with Scout name and “take yellow pill once a day, brown pill twice a day” is a violation of Connecticut law.

It’s always a good idea to remind parents of these requirements before the campout.




CAPT Steve Coe, Powahay District Health and Safety Chairman


CLICK HERE - For a Printer Version of this page

CLICK HERE -- Annual Health and Medical Form Part A, B and C

CLICK HERE -- For Annual Health and Medical Form Part A and B -- Activities less than 72 hours

CLICK HERE -- For Permission Form 680-673

CLICK HERE -- For Permission Form 680-673 (span