Physical examinations are required by Boy Scouts planning to attend summer camps, and youths are encouraged to use their own family physician.
However, youths without a physician or who cannot afford an exam may call the Salt Lake County Medical Society, 355-7477, for a referral to a doctor, who will complete a checkup without charge or for a $10 donation to the Boy Scout medical fund.Dr. Laird S. Swensen, chairman of the medical society's Boy Scout committee, advises such examinations. Extreme physical demands placed on young people, high altitudes at campsites, increased exercise, swimming in cold water and the possibility of allergies and illnesses show the need for an examination, he said.
Medical society physicians volunteer their services to staff a medical facility every year at the East Fork of the Bear River Scout Camp.
The Great Salt Lake Council, Boy Scouts of America, owns and operates five other campsites. Where permanent medical facilities and doctors are not available, medical care is provided by camp leaders trained in first aid or by medical services in neighboring communities.