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(To be certified by the council before camp opens and reviewed by the regional representative. Note that items marked with an asterisk (*) are required. Failure to comply is cause for instituting action to close the camp as defined at the end of this section. )


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*1. A precamp inspection was conducted by the camping committee and

health and safety committee. Use the Precamp Inspection Checklist, No. 19-134, provided by the Health and Safety Service. Inspector reviews report. Standards are met when council shows evidence of corrective action taken. If inspection is inadequate or not complete, the council must carry out inspection within one week and file report with the area director. The Precamp Inspection Checklist is to be sent to the regional management center with precamp certification at least 30 days before camp opens. Certification must include the standards of the Occupational Safety and Health Act commonly known as OSHA. *2. The camp possesses all required local and state permits or licenses

in valid condition. In lieu of any local or state requirements as related to items dealing with health and safety, sanitation, and equipment operation, standards are set forth in BSA manuals. OSHA-required posters and state and local permits are properly displayed. If not done, make arrangements to comply while inspectors are in camp.

*3. A complete physical examination or certification of fitness signed by

a licensed physician within 12 months and a health history including limitations filled in by parent or guardian before camp is required

for all campers and staff. It is on file in camp during the period. To comply, no new campers or leaders are to be accepted without meeting this standard

*4. On arrival in camp everyone is given a medical inspection by a phy.

sician or is screened by an adult approved by the camp physician. With approval of medical advisers on the council health and safety committee, medical screening may be conducted by nurses and other nonmedical persons who are selected and trained by the camp physician. The only recheck examinations, which must be given by a physician, are those required when need for medical treatment or advice is found at the time screening is conducted. Medical attention for this small group (usually less than 5 percent) can be given by a physician at camp or by transporting those needing this recheck to a place nearby where a physician can see them. Physical limitations are noted and leaders are so informed. Screening process defined in Camp Health and Safety, No. 3692, is followed. To comply, procedure must be used with next group of new campers. *5. A daily record of all first aid and medical treatment is kept in a

bound page-numbered logbook. A bound, sewn (not looseleaf), page-numbered logbook of all cases treated in the health lodge is required. Medical supervisor checks the log during his scheduled visits. The camp director should see this record daily. Use Camp First Aid Log. No. 3678. To meet OSHA standards maintain a separate log for staff and council employees. To comply, this procedure must be established immediately.


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*6. Appropriate medical emergency transportation is available in camp

at all times. Emergency transportation needs to be available at all times, but does not need to be in waiting for this exclusive use. Alternate transportation can be used and so designated. To comply, this service must be assured before the regional inspector leaves camp.

*7. A licensed physician is on call at all times when the camp does not

have a resident physician. A licensed physician is responsible for general health supervision and has accepted this responsibility. He may live nearby. There is a schedule of supervisory visits to camp to confer with the nurse or first-aider. He is available on call. A resident physician would, of course, satisfy this requirement. To comply, arrangements for this service must be made before the inspector leaves camp.

*8. First aid is given by a trained person. (check). nurse (RN)
nurse (LPN)
medical student

certified first-aider

physician. His or her qualifications must be approved by health and safety committee and health supervisor. Must be 21 years of age or more. To comply, arrangements for this service must be made within 24 hours.

*9. There is a current written agreement or exchange of letters with a

nearby hospital regarding procedure for admitting campers and pro

viding for financial arrangements. If the hospital will not write, then all oral agreements must be verified by a letter of understanding that the Scout executive or camp director writes to the hospital authorities. A current copy of this letter should be at the health lodge, in the camp director's file, and in the council office. It should verify the fact that all emergency cases will be promptly accepted by the hospital and that the health and welfare of boys will have primary consideration. It should also define arrangements made for settlement of financial obligations. This letter is to be reviewed by the regional representative. To comply, this standard must be met within 24 hours of the regional inspection. NOTE: A map showing shortest and best route to camp is to be given to the hospital and ambulance


*10. Written plans for handling major emergencies such as floods, se

vere storms, fires, major accidents, and health emergencies, including environmental safety precautions, are posted in the camp

office and are shared weekly with the staff and troop leaders. Plans for handling emergencies are to be specific as to person in charge, alternates, action to be taken, whom to notify, routes to follow, etc. Environmental safety precautions are to be posted daily and where conditions apply will include safety measures such as: • Limitation on hiking in high temperatures and high humidity • Limitation of physical activity during smog alert • Protective measures during lightning storms, tornadoes, and hurricanes • Limitation of physical activity as necessary in high altitude camps • Limitation of aquatic activity as dictated by lightning. small-craft warnings, or

high water All staff and troop leadership are alerted to the preventive measures and the measures are enforced. To comply take immediate steps to produce plans and procedures and to meet this standard.


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11. Proper BSA standards for instruction, supervision, and safety train

ing are carried out in the aquatics program including use of boats, canoes, and all aquatics facilities and equipment and comply with all

state and U.S. Coast Guard regulations. Boating-and-canoeing area is separated from swimming, and the buddy checkout plan is used. Life jackets are in each craft and are used according to state, Federal, and BSA regulations. Waterfront is properly designed and equipped according to the standards in Aquatics Program, No. 12003. Qualified supervision is provided when the waterfront is used. Failure to meet standards is cause to close waterfront activity.

*12. The buddy plan is used at all aquatics, boating, and canoeing activi

ties. The buddy plan is a must whenever boys swim, boat, or canoe, and in all aquatics activities. To comply institute buddy plan immediately.

*13. All dishes and cutlery are properly washed, disinfected, and dried

according to BSA standards as defined in Camp Health and Safety. Chart No. 12018 is posted daily. A sanitizing agent is required in pa

trol dishwashing, but no temperature chart is needed. High standards in dishwashing must be maintained whether in a central facility or patrol sites. Standards set in these items are self-evident. Rinse-water temperature charts should be kept posted. (This does not apply to patrol cooking.) Plastic dishes require high-temperature rinse water of at least 170 degrees with an additive to reduce surface tension of the water to reduce drying time. Local health officers should approve any chemical compounds used for sanitizing purposes. The sanitizing of eating utensils at patrol sites is satisfactorily accomplished by heating rinse water and using sanitizer tablets recommended by BSA. All dishes must be air dried.

*14. Equipment to maintain milk and other perishable foods at a tem

perature of not over 45 degrees under sanitary conditions is in

stalled in camp and is in good operating condition. During summer operation, temperature charts must be posted and maintained daily. No perishable foods are to be kept on patrol cooking sites. To comply, corrective action must be taken within 24 hours.

*15. Only powdered, canned, or pasteurized milk is used.
Whether in the camp kitchen or on the trail, special care must be taken when
reconstituting powdered milk. Water must be from a tested supply or must be
properly treated. Container in which milk is mixed must be sanitary. Reconsti-
tuted milk must be used promptly and must be handled the same as fresh milk.
To comply, immediate steps must be taken to correct.

*16. Drinking water is from an approved source, is tested regularly this

season for bacteriological quality, and meets state and local health

department standards. (Produce certification.) A sanitary survey of the camp water supply and bacteriological tests must be conducted in advance of opening date so report is cleared before camp opens. Samples should be collected and laboratory tests made in accordance with requirements of state and local health department regulations. Periodic bacteriological tests should be made throughout the season (at least once each month). A careful sanitary survey of the source of the water supply is the key preopening


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step. State and local health authorities and regulations should be used to guide
the council in establishing local procedures. A record of all laboratory tests made
should be maintained.
If the water supply is chlorinated, tests for residual chlorine content should be
made regularly (at least once a day) and a record kept of the test results.
Immediate steps must be taken to provide safe drinking water.

* 17. All boilers and pressure tanks are inspected and equipped with test

ed and operable safety valves. To comply, correct within 48 hours and report to region.

18. All motor vehicles used by the camp are kept in safe mechanical

order and operated in a safe and legal manner, including use of private cars and buses (not trucks), for transportation of passengers. Vehicles meet all state pollution emission requirements. Motorboats and other water craft meet U.S. Coast Guard or local stan

dards. Trucks, service vehicles, and passenger cars used in connection with camp must be in good mechanical condition for safety's sake. Brakes, wipers, lights, steering, horn, and tires should be checked by a competent mechanic. Those staff members authorized to drive camp vehicles must have mature, good judgment and be properly licensed according to state law. No passengers are transported in trucks, except in the cabs. This applies to ALL vehicles licensed or unlicensed. State inspection standards apply to all vehicles. When motorboats are used for transporting campers or visitors to and from camp, boat safety rules, state and Federal laws, and U.S.Coast Guard standards must be followed.

* 19. All toilets or latrines meet local or state requirements. Stools or la

trine boxes are clean, vented, and free from flies. Latrine seat covers

are self-closing (exception for flush toilets). Cleanliness of latrines is vital to the health of campers. Rigid standards in cleanliness, fly and rodent control are essential. A supply of toilet paper is available. An acceptable night light is attached to structure. Vents are screened. Self-closing lids are fly tight. Correct all latrines that do not meet these standards within 24 hours

*20. Garbage and refuse disposal meets BSA standards as defined in

Camp Health and Safety manual, No. 3692, or meets local regulations, whichever are higher. For patrol cooking, check waste-water

disposal in all troop sites solid-waste pickup system. Check garbage disposal is located at the campsite. Concrete slab garbage platform with hot water outlet and proper drainage plus clean, covered cans are essential, as is daily disposal of all waste. Be familiar with state and local sanitary codes. Waste disposal standards on troop sites must be enforced. Standards are met when: • Garbage and other waste are stored in fly-tight containers. • Area is clean and fly control is adequate. • Garbage-and-waste disposal method is accepted by the local health officer or it

is removed to an approved sanitary landfill or adequately handled by digestion

pit or is buried under clean soil or is hauled away by contract. • Rodent control is adequate.


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To comply. immediate steps must be taken to meet these standards and must be approved by regional personnel.

*21. The local fire company or warden has checked facilities in case of

possible call and has submitted written recommendations or has on

file a reconfirming letter. The agreement should be in writing or the oral agreement must be confirmed by letter. A copy of this document must be available to the regional representative. To comply, arrangements must be made within 48 hours and a copy of the agreement sent to the regional management center.

*22. The troop fireguard plan is in effect on troop sites and fire tools and

equipment as agreed upon with local fire authorities are in troop and camp commissioner areas and one or more places in the central camp area-ready for use. If fire permits are required, they must

be posted. If fire permits are required they are posted. Local fire authorities should es. tablish the location and type of fire equipment. Fire drills are to be held at least once a week. Each troop should follow the troop fireguard plan as published by the BSA. Troop bulletin boards include posted Troop Fireguard Chart, No. 3695, with assignments made. All fire extinguishers are of the right type and properly placed. Inspection date is current on each one. To comply, immediate arrangements must be initiated to make the troop fireguard plan effective. Fire tools are to be placed in proper locations within 72 hours and certified in writing to the region.

23. The official BSA certificate for conducting a marksmanship in

struction program has been issued and is displayed at the range. (if there is no range, answer this question with a "no" (E) and excuse in final rating.) (Precamp inspection checks physical layout only.) TO BE CERTIFIED BY REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE AT TIME OF APPRAISAL.

To: National Health and Safety Service
We have observed this marksmanship instruction program in opera-
tion and hereby recommend that its certification should be renewed
for the current year. It meets BSA standards as checked herewith. We
have, therefore, endorsed the range certificate for 19 and
signed below

Physical layout

Rifle trigger pull no less than 3 lbs. (written certification by local police, NRA instructor, or gunsmith)

Operation, including locked storage of guns and ammunition

Trained instructor, at least 21 years old with instructor's certificate, in constant attendance

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Prior to the opening of camp the council health and safety committee is to inspect the entire range, review operating practices, qualifications of range officer, and give its approval for operation. The regional camp inspection team then certifies that there is complete compliance in layout. operation, and supervision before official approval and certification. Refer to Field Sports, No 12020

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