The Health Lodge is located in the Headquarters Building. The Health Lodge at camp is available 24 hours a day and is prepared to handle minor injuries and illnesses. The buddy system should be followed at all times.
For minor injury or illness bring the Scout/adult to the Health Lodge for treatment. The waiting area for the health lodge is on the porch area just outside the building near the entrance to the health lodge. A screening will be conducted on the porch before any person is brought into the lodge for treatment.
For a major injury (broken bones, unconsciousness, unsure), send a runner to the Health Lodge and medical staff will come to the Scout or adult. Please do not move a Scout or adult with a major injury! Any emergency that cannot be treated at the health lodge will be referred to a local hospital or doctor’s clinic. The unit leader or assistant will transport the patient to the outside medical facility. In the event of a medical emergency, report to the health lodge at the camp headquarters building.
- If the camp medics are not in the office, there is a whiteboard near the door that will advise how to reach them.
- Every Scout and adult who attends camp MUST have an annual BSA Annual Health and Medical Record completed within the last 12 months prior to attending camp. A copy of your health record will be turned in during check-in at camp.
- There is NO provision for the administration of a physical examination to be done at camp. If a Scout does NOT have a current health and medical record on file, they will either have to secure one from an area doctor at their expense or they will have to return home at their expense.
- The camp reserves the right to refuse admittance to a Scout who, in the opinion of the camp health officer and the camp director, has any physical or medical problem which could present a hazard to themselves or other Scouts. Scouts may be sent home at their expense.
Hospital or Doctor Treatment
Should any participant at Camp Strake require medical treatment beyond the first-aid capabilities provided by camp staff at the health lodge, they will be evacuated to the nearest medical treatment facility. Special arrangements for treatment of more serious cases have been made with physicians and hospitals at the nearest hospital, Conroe Regional Medical Center, 504 Medical Center Blvd, Conroe, TX. If such treatment is required, the camper's parent(s) will be notified by telephone, and their desires concerning further treatment will be respected.
In the event that a camper requires the attention of a doctor or the services of a hospital, the following procedure must be followed:
- The responsibility of the unit leadership is to provide transportation for unit member(s) requiring services from a doctor or hospital.
- One adult leader from the unit will accompany the unit member(s) requiring services from a doctor or hospital and is asked to carry insurance forms in for completion. He must obtain the individual's health record from the health officer before going to the doctor or hospital.
- Parent(s) or guardian(s) will be immediately notified by the winter camp health officer of any serious illness or injury. If parents will not be at home during the week of camp, have them advise you where they can be located.
- The camp will provide transportation ONLY when a unit has none available.
- Directions to doctor's offices and hospitals will be available at the health lodge.
- All cases requiring outside medical care must be cleared by the camp health officer. This is an agreement with the local health services facilities, insurance company, and a claim procedure.
- Check back in with health officer upon return to camp and return health form.
Any clarification of the above procedures may be obtained by discussing them with the health officers on duty at the health lodge.
BSA Annual Health and Medical Record
All persons coming to winter camp, whether youth or adult, and regardless of the amount of time spent in camp, must have a completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record consisting of Parts A, B and C. The form must be completed in its entirety and must contain all applicable signatures. Forms can be downloaded at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/healthandsafety/ahmr.aspx. The form must be completely filled out and signed by a physician. Medical forms are only current for one year and must not expire before the last day of winter camp.
BSA Health and Medical Record
Based on incomplete forms we have seen in the past, the following are the most common errors or omissions made on the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record submitted to our staff in prior years:
- Part A is missing immunizations or is missing dates for the immunizations. Please complete the form rather than attaching an immunization record alone. Incorporating the information into the form speeds up the process of evaluating the form itself at check-in.
- Part B is not signed by the adult participant or by an adult or guardian (for youth). In order to be able to treat youth in camp for more than immediate life-threatening conditions, our medical staff must have signed consent of a parent or guardian of a youth as contained in Part B. Also, adults who cannot otherwise consent due to incapacity must have signed this page in order for our medical staff to provide more than stabilization treatment.
- Part C of the form signed by a physician. The physician’s examination must have been completed since January 1st. Updated Part C’s will not be accepted, even if signed by the physician. Therefore, ensure that the physician completing Part C dates the form when signing.
- Using an outdated form. To ensure you are using the correct form, use the form available at www.scouting.org/scoutsource/HealthandSafety/ahmr.aspx.
Please carefully review all BSA Annual Health and Medical Records prior to check-in. Give yourself ample time so that any errors or omissions may be corrected by the parents of the youth or the adult to whom the form belongs.
When bringing forms for check-in, please do not bring the form in a binder or plastic sheeting. Parts A, B and C should be stapled for one person. This will allow the staff to efficiently review and file the forms. There is no room in the office to store troop binders.
Do not provide original forms. While we will do our best to return forms to those requesting the return of the medical forms, it is best to provide copies. These forms are destroyed after camp.
Instruct parents to check (Yes or No) on Part B2 of the medical record whether non-prescription (over-the-counter) medications (e.g., acetaminophen, antibiotic ointment, antacids, antihistamine, hydrocortisone cream) can be administered at camp.
Prescription and Over-the-Counter Medication
Scouts and adults who require medication should bring enough of the medication to last throughout camp, but only the amount of medication needed at camp. If requested, pharmacists will provide a second labeled container for medications so only the needed prescription can be sent to camp and the remainder can be kept at home.
The taking of prescription medication and over-the-counter (OTC) is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that individual’s parent or guardian. Unit leaders should ensure that prescription medications for their Scouts are properly stored and administered.
BSA National Camping Standards (HS-508) states the following rules apply to storage and administration of medication:
HS-508: Medication Control (revised January 1, 2020)
A. The camp requires that all prescription and over-the-counter (OTC) medications be stored under lock (including those requiring refrigeration), except when in the controlled presence of health care staff or other adult leader responsible for administration and/or dispensing medications.
1. An exception may be made for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a camper, leader, parent, or staff member for life-threatening conditions, including epinephrine injector, heart medication, and inhalers, or for a limited amount of medication approved for use in a first-aid kit.
B. Medications must be 1. Kept in their original containers; or 2. Labeled and maintained in a fashion approved by the council health supervisor.
C. Medications must be administered and/or dispensed as follows: 1. For prescription medications, in accordance with the prescribing health care provider’s directions or a parent/guardian’s signed summary thereof. 2. For OTC medications, in accordance with the original label, except as otherwise provided by the council’s health supervisor, or a prescribing health care provider’s directions, or a parent/guardian’s signed summary thereof.
Locked refrigerated storage is available in the health lodge. The camp medical staff shall advise the acting Scoutmaster as to whether a medication falls under exceptions (HS-508A1).
If a participant has special medical needs, such as refrigeration for medicine, please ensure that information is included in the online registration. CPAP machines must be battery powered, as power outlets close to campsites are scarce; however, the camp staff will attempt to meet reasonable requests to accommodate timely requests submitted through registration. Participants may need to bring specialty items to help make some requests possible. Learn more about special dietary needs.
As a residential camp accredited by the Boy Scouts of America, we closely follow all youth protection policies set forth by the Boy Scouts of America. In addition, the State of Texas has enacted statutes and regulations concerning youth protection which also apply to our camp. No exceptions to these policies may be made.
It is the policy of the Boy Scouts of America that trips and outings may never be led by only one adult. At least two adult leaders, one of whom must be 21 years or older, are required for trips or outings. It is the responsibility of the chartered organization of any troop to inform the committee and leadership of the unit that sufficient adult leaders are provided on all trips and outings.
While we recognize that winter camp presents many troops with unique challenges concerning this requirement. Adult leaders may rotate in and out as needed so long as there are two adult leaders from each troop on property at all times.
When such rotations occur, adults must check-in and out of the winter camp office so that our staff is made aware of the identity and contact information for all adult leaders for each troop in camp.
Texas Youth Camp Safety and Health Act
In order to protect the health and safety of youth attending residential camps in the State of Texas, the Texas legislature has enacted the Texas Youth Camp Safety and Health Act. While many portions of this statute concern the facilities and staffing of a youth residential camp, portions of this law affect troops directly.
All adults coming to camp, whether working on staff or not, must complete the Adult in Camp Compliance form no later than December 11th. Completing this form allows council office staff to complete a criminal background check on each adult in camp (regardless of time spent in camp).
Youth Protection Training (YPT)
Every adult in camp must take Youth Protection Training (YPT) online at My.Scouting.org (expires every two years).
A copy of every adult's YPT certificate must be provided to the council office. To obtain a copy of the YPT certificate, go to My.Scouting.org, click on Menu (upper left corner), click on My Training, click on the printer icon next to YPT status. Copies of the certificates are to be submitted at the winter camp staff meeting or during early check-in. If an adult leader attending camp hasn't complete training by this date, please advise the camp registrar when checking-in.
The camp has emergency phone numbers posted near all camp office telephones and FM radio communication throughout the camp. In an emergency, the camp director, or designee, will initiate emergency procedures depending upon the situation. During emergencies, adult leaders should supervise their own unit’s response appropriately.
There are two types of emergency alarms. The first is a solid tone for general emergencies. When you hear the camp alarm (siren), you must immediately assemble with your troop at your campsite, take a headcount, have the senior patrol leader report your attendance to the Staff member in charge, and await further instructions. If for whatever reason the campsites are unsafe, the staff will direct people to the grand pavilion as a secondary assembly area. Stay at the assembly area until the all-clear is given.
The second type of alarm will be a pulsing siren. This signifies a weather emergency. This part of Texas is prone to afternoon thunderstorms during the summer, with potential for the formation of tornados. Whenever a serious storm approaches, everyone in the camp should move into the nearest designated shelter. All permanent structures at Camp Strake are suitable shelters during an emergency.
In the event of a fire or other hazardous condition that requires evacuation of the camp, instructions will be provided by the camp staff at the Grand Pavilion on procedures to follow to exit camp as quickly as possible, while maintaining accountability of staff and campers.
In accordance with BSA National Camping Standards (AO-805), an emergency drill will be conducted each week of camp. Every person must report to their campsite when the alarm is sounded, drill or no drill!
The Sam Houston Area Council Accident and Sickness Insurance plan covers registered Scouts and adult leaders while at camp. (Please register parents staying with your troop as a member of your troop committee). This coverage does not include out-of-council units. Out-of-council units should bring a claim form from their council.
The Accident and Sickness Insurance plan is with Health Special Risk, Inc. and is excess coverage. This means any bill with a remaining balance after it has been processed by the family's medical insurance carrier can be submitted to Health Special Risk, Inc. for additional reimbursement. Families without insurance will receive instructions from Health Special Risk, Inc., but in any event up to $15,000 of coverage for sickness or injury is provided (Special coverage limits cover dental and transportation). For additional information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.