Health and Safety

Medical Services: Located in the administration building, Cuyuna Scout Camp has a fully equipped First Aid Lodge, under the supervision of qualified personnel, available 24 hours a day. Should emergency treatment be required, the camp has a working agreement with the hospital in Brainerd. We also have facilities for properly storing insulin and other medications that need refrigeration. As per BSA National Policy, all prescription medication, for youth and adults, be kept under lock and key. Exceptions are made only “for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a camper, leader, parent, or staff member for life-threatening conditions, including bee-sting or heart medication, and inhalers, or for a limited amount of medication approved for use in a first aid kit.” All medication must be in the original containers provided by the pharmacy. All injuries or illnesses must be reported to the Health Officer.

Medical Examination and Health Histories: All youth attending camp will need the new Annual Health and Medical Record attested by parents/guardian annually (form 680-001 Parts A and B) and supported by a medical evaluation within the last 12 months by a physician (form 680-001 Part C). Adults must also use the new form and show evidence of physical examination by a physician within the past 12 months (form 680-001 Part C). These new forms are on the council website and may be photocopied. Make sure to include dates of vaccinations. No adult or youth will be allowed to stay overnight in camp without the proper medical forms.

Medical Screening: All campers and leaders will receive a medical screening upon arrival in camp. Leaders can speed up this process if they collect all the health and physical forms before departure and make sure that every Scout has a form signed by a parent and physician within the past 12 months. Anyone without these required medical forms will need to have them scanned and emailed to camp or will have to leave camp until the proper forms are obtained. Part-time leaders must report to the office for a medical evaluation immediately after check-in at camp. Make certain to include dates of vaccinations.

Accident and Sickness Insurance: All troops attending Cuyuna Scout Camp must have accident/medical Insurance. Twin Valley Council troops are covered under a council-wide plan. All out-of-council troops must provide a copy of their accident/medical insurance policy to the Scout Service Center in Mankato.

Rest at Camp: The excitement and activities of camping can take a physical toll on Scouts and leaders. We insist on quiet time between taps and reveille. Scouts should get a minimum of eight hours of sleep each night.

Diet and Nutrition: Twin Valley Council and Camp Cuyuna leadership make an effort to provide all campers with a nutritious and balanced diet throughout the week. Leaders are asked to make sure youth are eating a healthy combination of foods, not just sweets and snacks from the trading post. Special dietary needs should be communicated to the business manager and commissary director.

Hydration: One of the simplest ways to maintain good health at camp is proper hydration. Summer heat and humidity combined with strenuous physical activity can cause dehydration and may also lead to heat exhaustion or other illness. Campers should drink at least eight 8-ounce glasses (2 quarts) of water every day to avoid dehydration.

Footwear: All campers and guests must have appropriate footwear (closed toe and closed heel) on their feet at all times . The only exceptions to this rule are when a camper is in his/her tent, in the shower, or in the aquatics area.

Emergency Procedures

Severe Weather/Tornado
A long continuous siren; about 3 minutes long
Storm shelters are located strategically throughout camp. There are a series of large concrete culverts (storm tubes), that are able to hold three or more troops, and basements beneath the administration building, nature building and the ranger’s residence. If this siren is sounded while campers are in their sites, they should head to their designated shelters as soon as possible. A head count should be taken prior to going to the tubes, if conditions allow, and will be verified by staff upon arrival. If time does not permit, move to a low area and stay low. If the siren sounds when campers are in other areas of camp, staff members will lead all campers to the nearest available shelter. In the event of severe weather, leaders should always feel free to use their own discretion and seek shelter if warranted.

General Camp Emergency (non-weather: fire, missing person, lost bather, etc.)
A broken siren, 2 short blasts at 10-second intervals
All campers must report to their respective campsites for a head count of youth and adults. After everyone in your troop is accounted for, two runners will go to the administration building to report and receive further information. After reporting, the runners will return to their camp with further instructions.

Fireguard Plan
Each Troop will be given a BSA Fireguard Plan chart during check-in. This chart must be filled out and posted in your campsite. A fire drill will be held within the first 24 hours at camp in compliance with national policy.

All injuries, no matter how small, need to be reported to the health officer in order to be looked at, treated, and documented. Minor injuries may be treated in the campsite by adult leaders, but should also be reported to the health office as soon as possible. Insect bites and wood tick removal are exceptions, but deer ticks must be removed and documented by health office personnel due to the risk of Lyme disease or other tick born illnesses. There will be an opportunity 45 minutes after each meal for medical calls.

Medical Emergencies
Camp Cuyuna has comprehensive emergency procedure plans in place and the staff is trained to deal with just about any emergency, from weather to serious illness or injury, that might arise at camp. In the event of a medical emergency, camp staff is trained in assisting with administering treatment, crowd and traffic control, and other duties as delegated by camp leadership.

Unauthorized Intruder Policy
Please notify a staff member immediately if you suspect an unauthorized person being in camp. All authorized persons will either have a staff name badge or arm band. Unauthorized persons should be escorted to the administrative building to check in or to ensure they leave camp property.