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Medications and Medical Issues at Encampment

All information about medications and pre-existing medical conditions must be disclosed during the application process. After applications are submitted, any changes to medical conditions that might restrict your full participation during encampment must be communicated to encampment staff, in advance, to determine if any special accommodations can be made.

Some illnesses or medical conditions may be disqualifying. If it is determined that you have an unreported or undisclosed medical condition during the check-in process, and that condition restricts participation, you may be dismissed from encampment without a refund.

In accordance with CAP regulations, the taking of prescription medication is the responsibility of the individual member for whom the medication was prescribed or if the member is a minor, the member’s parent or guardian. Except in extraordinary circumstances, you, regardless of age, will be responsible for transporting, storing, and taking your own medications, including inhalers and epinephrine pens.

CAP is not a health care provider and CAP members are not permitted to act in the role of health care providers during the performance of official CAP duties. Consequently, CAP members are not permitted to function as pharmacists, physicians, nurses, or any other role that would permit the administration and dispensing of drugs under various federal and state laws and regulations.

If you have not attained the necessary level of maturity or are unable to self-medicate safely, you should postpone encampment attendance until you can handle the self-medication task.

By CAP Regulations, medical care within CAP is limited to emergency care, only (i.e., first aid and stabilization) within the training and qualifications of the person rendering such care, until such time that private professional or authorized military care can be obtained.

Encampment medical staff’s level of training is often limited to basic First Aid and CPR. Encampment staff will only treat minor cuts, scrapes, blisters, bruises, and mild cases of dehydration to the limits of their training. This is similar to medical care that occurs in the home. Medical emergencies will be handled by 911 calls and, if necessary, by transport to appropriate medical facilities.

In these situations, parents/guardians will be contacted as soon as possible using the emergency contact information that is submitted during the application process.

In cases where an injury or illness is not an emergency but encampment staff decides that you should be seen by a physician, as a precaution, encampment staff will contact parents/guardians as soon as possible and advise them of the situation and discuss options. Options will include transport to an Emergency Room by CAP personnel or pick-up by parents and subsequent treatment. Depending on the nature and severity of an illness or injury, dismissal from encampment is possible.

During encampment, any illness or injury that limits your full participation in encampment activities may result in dismissal from encampment!

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