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    Army assists at health checkpoint for arriving scouts

    2013 National Scout Jamboree

    Photo By Sgt. Kyle Fisch | Capt. Elizabeth Dannals, an exercise Physiologist assisting the BSA at a health...... read more read more



    Story by Sgt. Kyle Fisch 

    14th Public Affairs Detachment

    BECKLEY, W.Va. - As part of the military’s ongoing efforts to assist the Boy Scouts of America at the National Scout Jamboree, Army medical officers were present at Bradley Crossing today to assist the BSA with a health-screening checkpoint for all arriving scouts.

    “We’ve been out here since 5 a.m. waiting for the scouts to arrive to get them through,” said Paul A. Stull, a public health team member for the BSA. “We just want to make sure they don’t have any issues that will interfere with their time here at the jamboree.”

    Prior to arriving in West Virginia for the scout jamboree, scouts were medically examined by doctors to ensure they did not have any serious injuries or illness.

    If the scouts have any minor health issues or concerns that can potentially get worse during their stay here at the jamboree, such as a rash or bug bite, it’s best to find it now and give them treatment for it before it progresses and becomes something more serious, Stull said.

    The scouts began arriving early in the morning and will continue to arrive throughout the day.

    The BSA has a public health team to medically check the scouts as they arrive. The military has provided medical officers to assist the team with this task.

    We are a team and we are here to assist in speeding up the process of getting these scouts through and since there are thousands that will be coming through, this needs to be a quick operation, said Lt. Col. Wanda Ertl, a nursing supervisor and an Army medical officer assisting the BSA.

    The mission of military service members here in West Virginia is to assist the BSA in any areas they require assistance.

    “The assistance we have received from the Army personnel and other service members that have been here with us helping in every way they can has been remarkable. We truly appreciate all the help.” Stull said.

    The presence of military service members and their efforts at the National Scout Jamboree and their continued effort and assistance throughout the duration of the jamboree emphasizes mentorship, value-based character building and compassion for the Nation’s youth.



    Date Taken: 07.15.2013
    Date Posted: 07.16.2013 10:45
    Story ID: 110250
    Location: WV, US

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