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Published: Monday, January 31, 2011

The Annual Health and Medical Record was released in December 2008, and its use became mandatory on January 1, 2010. The latest update to the record consolidates all records from the National Council and the three national high-adventure base forms, enabling a single medical form to be used across all BSA activities.

The Annual Health and Medical Record is required for participation in all Scouting events, including day and resident camps and high-adventure bases. It should be updated no less than annually.

Highlights/changes with the 2011 update:

  • The record now lives on an interactive web page on Scouting Safely. Scouts, Scouters, parents and staff can download, fill in, and print it on standard paper, and can save an electronic copy for their personal files. The link is now live at:
  • Parts A and B (the health history and release statement) will be utilized the most. 
  • Part C is the physical exam which requires a doctor's signature
  • Part D is a review piece for participants attending any of the national high-adventure bases.

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