Dr. Donald Burgess oversees the camp medical staff. A licensed health officer is in camp, on duty at all times, to handle all medical emergencies. If the injury or illness is serious, the person is brought to a local health care facility. Written agreements are in place between Camp Hinds and local health care providers to care for our campers, staff and guests. All medical illnesses or injuries must be reported to the health officers in camp - no matter how minor the incident. Please report any dietary or health restrictions to the camp office at least two weeks prior to your arrival in camp.
All campers and leaders attending camp must have a completed BSA medical form on file with the camp health office while at camp. Please be sure to use the 2020 BSA health form that has been developed (it is included in this packet). Scouts and leaders must have a valid physical within 12 months of camp. The height and weight restrictions are only guidelines for summer camp but are mandatory for high adventure activities. Remember, for the section labeled “Adults Authorized to Take Youth to and From Events,” we are recommending that under the “designate” portion you have parents/guardians write “Licensed Driver over the age of 18 with permission of the Scoutmaster.” Then, be sure to have parents/guardians include any adults NOT authorized in the next section.
Note: Scouts participating in the SCUBA must also complete the Medical Form provided by Skin Driver’s Paradise.
|It is a regulation of the Boy Scouts of America that anyone who does not have a completed and signed medical form at the check-in time at camp will not be allowed to remain in camp. NO exceptions will be made. If a Scout forgets the form at home, arrangements may be made to fax or email the form to camp. Camp leaders should collect all medical forms and check them to make sure they are complete prior to leaving for camp. Please mail a copy of each person’s health form to Camp Hinds at least two weeks prior to your stay in camp. The health officers will review the forms before your arrival to help provide your troop with a smooth check-in once camp begins. Please make two copies of your medical forms; one for camp and one for your records.|
|Medical Recheck & Medications
Upon arrival in camp, all campers and leaders will go through a medical recheck at the Camp Health Lodge. Pine Tree Council and Camp Hinds must comply with all State of Maine laws and BSA politics concerning medication in camp. ALL medications brought to camp by campers, leaders and staff MUST be given to the Health Officer upon arrival in camp. This includes prescription and non-prescription medicine. This medication will be put into a locked box for each troop. The adult leader in charge of the troop medication will check the box in and out with medical staff at the beginning and end of each day.
Exceptions will be made for a limited amount of medications to be carried by the Scouts or adult for life threatening conditions including bee sting kits, nitroglycerin, inhalers and medication specifically prescribed “to be carried at all times” by a physician. Camp supplies any over the counter medications and first aid supplies that your Scout may need during his week at camp.
|Contacting Health Office Staff
If you have any questions about the health lodge, health forms, or medications, please send us an email. This is also an alternative should parents want to scan their child’s health form and just send it directly to us. Be sure all forms include the Scout’s troop and weeks in camp. The email address is: email@example.com
|Emergency Medication Plan - (For Patients
with Asthma or Severe Allergies Only!)
The State of Maine requires that all campers that are going to carry a rescue inhaler or Epi-pens, provide the camp with an Emergency Medication Plan. Additionally, each camper must have their parent’s and physician’s approval to carry the inhaler and indicate that the camper is able to use the inhaler. At the time of check in, the camp health staff must also evaluate the camper’s ability to use the inhaler. Please be sure to complete the Emergency Medication Plan with the physician and send it to camp with the health form. A copy of the school asthma plan will be acceptable as well.
|Peanut Free Zone
Due to the increase in campers having peanut allergies, some which are life threatening, we have decided to make the Camp Hinds dining hall a peanut free zone. This means no foods with peanuts, peanut oil or peanut butter will be used in the kitchen or dining hall.
Any parents, who have a camper with food allergies, still need to list the allergies on the camper’s health form and notify the camp at least two weeks in advance.
Many campers love a peanut butter sandwich, and this can be a great snack! Troops may still choose to have peanut butter in their campsites as long as the Scouts in their campsite don’t have a peanut allergy. Our Trading Post will still carry individually wrapped candy bars that may have peanuts or peanut butter in them.
Camp Hinds aims to make our program available to all campers. If you have a person with a disability that may require special attention, auxiliary aids or any reasonable accommodations, please contact the Camp Director at least two weeks prior to your stay at Camp Hinds.
One of the biggest challenges facing Scouts at camp is homesickness. A great way to prevent homesickness is for families and leaders to stress all the fun the Scout will have at camp and the many new experiences that are in store. It is good advice for family members to refrain from comments about how much they will miss the Scout or how much the Scout will miss everything at home.
A big cause of homesickness is a phone call home. If a boy is not homesick, there’s a good chance he will be after he calls home. Scouts are discouraged from bringing cell phones to camp. Parents should be discouraged from having their Scouts call home, except in an emergency.
Adequate sleep can be the key to a great week at camp. Each person needs a certain number of hours of sleep each night. Troop leaders need to ensure their campsite is quiet at 9:30 pm to permit those who wish the chance to get at least eight hours of sleep. Some people need more time to rest during the day. Leaders need to be sensitive to this and provide opportunities for rest time.
Camp Health & Safety Policies
|The following rules and policies have been established by the Pine Tree Council Camp Administration for the health, safety and protection of all Campers and leaders in camp.|
|All your actions should be guided by the Scout Oath, Scout Laws, Motto,
and Slogan at all times.
Last Update: February 29, 2020