Medical Information

It is recommended that all participants have periodic medical evaluations by a licensed health-care practitioner.* In an effort to provide better care to those who may become ill or injured and to provide youth participants and adult leaders a better understanding of their physical capabilities, Learning for Life has established minimum standards for providing medical information prior to participating in various activities. They are categorized as follows:

A Personal Health and Medical Record should be completed for any outing or event, such as field days, day hikes, conferences, and academies, including overnight events where medical stadd is readily available. The medical information required is a current health history signed by parents or guardians but need not be signed by a physician. Learning for Life adults should review these forms and become knowledgeable about the medical needs of youth participatns. Forms must be updated annually. They are filled out by participants and kept on file for easy reference.

A Personal Health and medical Evaluation signed by a physician must be completed for any outings or events such as resident camping and extended outings and trips such as hiking and boating in remote areas where medical staff is not available. Medical data required includes an annual health history signed by parents or guardians, suppoted by a medical evaluation completed within the past 12 months and signed by a physisican. A place for the physician to sign is on the back of the medical form and is required for this type of activity. Youth and adult participants use this form, found in the appendix.

It is recommended that adult leaders have the proper complete medical form and permission slip for every participant attending each outing. The medical form and permission slip, in most cases, will allow emergency medical treatment to a youth participant in case of injury or illness when a parent or guardian cannot be contacted.


Verification of the following forms of protection is strongly recommended before participation in activities:

  1. Tetanus and diphtheria toxoid within the past 10 years
  2. Measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine since first birthday
  3. Four doses of trivalent oral polio vaccine (TOPV) since birth

Life-Threatening Communicable Diseases

Learning for Life groups/posts and their participating organizations traditionally determine their own membership, absent any legal constraints. Accordingly, groups/posts and participating organizations should determine the feasibility or desirability of allowing youth or adult participants who have or are suspected of having a life-threatening communicable disease to participate in Learning for Life activities.

Medical Care

The following is the policy regarding medical requirements:

  • Medical examinations for the appropriate Learning for Life activity are required of all participants for the protection of the entire group. The immunization requirement is waived for people with religious beliefs against immunization.
  • All participants and adult leaders should learn first aid, not for their own use, but for service to others who may require it. A participant or leader may ask to be excused from first-aid instruction, but no advancement requirement will be waived except as indicated.


The taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual taking the medication and/or that individual's parent or guardian. An adult leader, after obtaining all the necessary information, can agree to accept the responsibility of making sure a youth takes the necessary medication at the appropriate time, but Learning for Life policy does not mandate nor necessarily encourage the leader to do so. Also, if your state laws are more limiting, they must be followed.

*Examinations conducted by licensed health-care practitioners, other than physicians, will be recognized in those states where such practitioners may perform physical examinations within their legally prescribed scope of practice.

Safety First Learning for Life Guidelines

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