That's right, the National Office in Dallas has released a new set of Health Forms for 2014. Now, when this was announced at our Roundtable, some people were ready to go up in arms about the change. But now that I've had a chance to look at the actual forms (which are interactive PDF files), there is really nothing to get excited about. It ask for just a little more information than the previous form, you can sit down on your computer, type it all in, print it off and take it to the doctor's office with you.
I sat down and filled out the form on my computer in about ten minutes. Being somewhat computer savy, I had a copy of my previous information, so I could sit down and transcribe the information from one form to the other. Save the file to my computer, and viola', I have a new health form that I can print off whenever I need a fresh copy, and for when I take my physical to attend camp this summer.
Now, here are the rules that came down from my District Executive at Roundtable. If you have a active health form (one signed by a doctor within the past year) you do not need to move to the new form. But, if it expires prior to any camp or activity, you need to complete the new form and if needed, do the annual physical with your doctor.
Where can you get these forms now? From the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record web site.