Health Histories (Including Examinations and Immunizations)
You will be asked to obtain and store girls’ health histories on forms that can be found on www.GSHOM.org. Keep in mind that information from a health history record is confidential and may be shared only with people who must know this information (such as the first aider for your troop, the girl herself, her parent/guardian, and a health practitioner).
For various reasons, some parents/guardians may object to immunizations or medical examinations. As a way to accommodate these concerns, Girl Scouts Heart of Michigan has two forms (Release and Application for Exemption of Physical Examination and Immunization Requirements for Religious Reasons and Immunization Waiver Form) that make provisions for these girls to attend Girl Scout functions.
It is important for you to also be aware of any medications a girl may take or allergies she may have.
• Medication, including over-the-counter products, must never be dispensed without prior written permission from a girl’s custodial parent or guardian. (You can find this form at gshom.org, Volunteer Resources.) Some girls may need to carry and administer their own medications, such as bronchial inhalers, an EpiPen, or diabetes medication.
• Common food allergies include dairy products, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts, and seafood. This means that, before serving any food (such as peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, cookies, or chips), ask whether anyone is allergic to peanuts, dairy products, or wheat! Even Girl Scout Daisies and Brownies should be aware of their allergies, but double-checking with their parents/guardians is always a good idea.