Last month the edi­tor of Scout­ing Mag­a­zineremind­ed us: “Sum­mer camp season’s almost here, so it’s time for that annu­al phys­i­cal.” He con­tin­ued:

We’re mere months away from the sum­mer, aka the Great­est Scout­ing Sea­son. And while it’s too ear­ly to pack your bags and load the trail­er, the time is right for one essen­tial step in sum­mer Scout­ing prepa­ra­tion.

It’s time to get your phys­i­cal.

As not­ed on the Annu­al Health and Med­ical Record web­site, a pre-par­tic­i­pa­tion phys­i­cal is need­ed for res­i­dent campers (at sum­mer or win­ter camps) and for Scouts and adult lead­ers attend­ing events that last 72 hours or more.

That means it’s required for every par­tic­i­pant at Boy Scout sum­mer camp, any of the four BSA high-adven­ture bases and the 2017 Nation­al Jam­boree.


The Scout­ing adven­ture, camp­ing trips, high-adven­ture excur­sions, and hav­ing fun are impor­tant to every­one in Scouting—and so is your safe­ty and well-being. Com­plet­ing the Annu­al Health and Med­ical Record is the first step in mak­ing sure you have a great Scout­ing expe­ri­ence.


  • The BSA Annu­al Health and Med­ical Record (often known as the “med­ical form” or “annu­al phys­i­cal”) is designed to help ensure that all par­tic­i­pants in the Scout­ing pro­gram are healthy enough for the adven­ture of Scout­ing. It is not intend­ed to lim­it par­tic­i­pa­tion but to inform and pro­tect.
  • To keep up with pos­si­ble changes in health sta­tus, the form needs to be updat­ed annu­al­ly or when a participant’s health infor­ma­tion changes. The record expires in one year.
  • The four-part form serves as a sin­gle place to doc­u­ment a participant’s med­ical his­to­ry and recent med­ical exam­i­na­tion. It also pro­vides con­sent for treat­ment in the event a par­tic­i­pant needs emer­gency care while trav­el­ing away from a par­ent or guardian.
  • Parts A and B should be com­plet­ed for all par­tic­i­pants and Scout­ing lead­ers. Part C should be com­plet­ed by a licensed health care provider (M.D., D.O., N.P., or P.A.) before the par­tic­i­pant attends any Scout­ing event that is longer than 72 hours, such as a sum­mer camp, trek, or mul­ti-day excur­sion.
  • The option­al “High Adven­ture Risk Advi­so­ry” (for­mer­ly known as Part D) needs to be shared with the exam­in­ing med­ical provider dur­ing the pre-par­tic­i­pa­tion exam­i­na­tion to explain known health risks for each of the BSA’s four high adven­ture bases. Addi­tion­al­ly, your coun­cil may devel­op a risk advi­so­ry spe­cif­ic to your coun­cil camps or oth­er prop­er­ties or events.
  • The forms should be main­tained by a des­ig­nat­ed leader. To assure pri­va­cy, the forms should be care­ful­ly stored and used only as need­ed to pro­vide for plan­ning and ren­der­ing care. The AHMR should not be scanned, stored, or sent elec­tron­i­cal­ly except as specif­i­cal­ly direct­ed for a BSA nation­al event such as the nation­al jam­boree or NOAC.
  • Nei­ther the BSA nor the Annu­al Health and Med­ical Record are sub­ject to the Health Insur­ance Porta­bil­i­ty and Account­abil­i­ty Act (HIPAA). A Scout is Trust­wor­thy: Records and sen­si­tive infor­ma­tion should be main­tained in a pri­vate man­ner. ADDITIONAL


Darryl Alder
Darryl is a full time professional Scouter for Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America, serving as Director of Strategic Initiatives. But his pride in Scouting is his service as an Associate Advisor, Varsity Scout Coach, Scoutmaster, Cubmaster, Chartered Organization Representative and Commissioner.

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