BSA Health & Medical Records
All youth and adults attending Tomahawk must have a completed Long Term BSA Health and Medical Record on file with the Health Director. This form can be found on our Resources Page.
National BSA policy requires that each participant, regardless of age, uses the same form and has it completed annually by a medical professional. The camp physical has provided early detection of potential problems and valuable information needed in case of an emergency. It has helped make camp a safer place.
We strongly recommend that all health forms be collected by the unit leader at least two weeks prior to camp to ensure that all campers have a completed form.
Who needs a completed part c?
Anyone at camp for 72 hours or more throughout the entire week will need to have Part C of the health form completed. The 72 hours need not be consecutive. Anyone at camp, regardless of the length of the stay, needs to turn in a completed Parts A and B.
How long are health forms good for?
Health forms are valid through the end of the 12th month from the date it was administered by your medical provider. For example, a physical administered July 3, 2023, would be valid until July 31, 2024.
Bring a copy. Do not send the originals to camp
Wisconsin State Law requires Tomahawk to keep a copy of every participant's health form for two years. For this reason, please come prepared with a photocopy of the health for our records.
where to get a camp physical?
Check with your primary medical provider about setting up a physical for camp. Other quick clinics such as Minute Clinic and Walgreens Health Services also provide services for camp physicals. Be sure to bring the proper Long Term BSA Health and Medical Record for them to fill out.
Once every year, Tomahawk partners with Many Point Scout Camp and offers a Free Physical Day at Base Camp. A crew of volunteer doctors volunteer to come out to help perform physicals for those who need them. The exact date of Free Physical Day shifts each year, but we always send out an informational email before it happens with everything you would need to know, including the date, location, how to sign up, and any other requirements. To ensure you get this email, please sign up for our mailing list using this link.
For 2024, a crew of volunteer doctors have volunteered to provide free summer camp physicals for those in need on from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 11th, 2024 at Base Camp (6202 Bloomington Rd, Fort Snelling, MN 55111). If your family has health insurance coverage, we ask that you schedule your physical exam with your traditional healthcare provider. Often, these preventive exams are fully covered under health insurance plans. However, if you don’t have health insurance coverage or if your co-pays/deductibles for a preventative exam could cause financial strain, we invite you to take advantage of this opportunity. Registration for this event will open closer to the start date.
Minor first aid can be handled by your unit with your unit’s first aid kit. Other injuries or illnesses can be referred to the camp staff. Every week, we have a doctor, our Health Director (an EMT), and an additional Health Officer on the property.
Although medical services are available 24 hours a day, please limit non-emergency visits to the health staff to those times in the morning and evening designated for sick call. In an emergency situation, please have a staff member in your camp help you contact the Health Director for assistance and relay relevant information.
Parents or guardians will be notified of a camper illness or injury if it requires a trip to town. There is no charge for medical services performed in camp for Scouts and leaders.
All campers needing services performed in town at the hospital/clinic are required to handle payments through the unit or family insurance policy.
Family Island campers will receive medical treatment only in an emergency situation. Other medical issues will be referred to the local hospital/clinic.
Sick Call Times
Monday - Friday Morning: 9:00 am to 10:00 am
Monday - Friday Evening: 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm
All non-emergency medications that need to be taken by any Scout at camp must be administered by a designated adult leader. This leader can be an assistant Scoutmaster, Scoutmaster, or parent. Emergency medication like an inhaler or Epi-pen should be with the Scout at all times. Tomahawk can store most medications that need refrigeration.
Medications must be in their original container with the camper’s name, the name of the medication, dose, frequency, and the physician’s name. Please send a supply for 8 days, not the whole bottle. The dose and frequency on the bottle will be followed, so please ensure that all bottles convey the correct information.
Medications must be stored in a secure area and out of reach of Scouts. Units must have a lock-box and a system in place to secure medications. If you do not have a way to secure medications in the campsite, Tomahawk can provide you a lock box for purchase. Units are required to record medications using the provided medication administration records (also found on the Resources page).