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 a cadet’s 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 a cadet is found to have an unreported or undisclosed medical condition during the check-in process, and that condition restricts participation, the cadet 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, CAP members, regardless of age, will be responsible for transporting, storing, and taking their 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 in any other role that would permit the administration and dispensing of drugs under various federal and state laws and regulations.
If a cadet has not attained the necessary level of maturity or is unable to safely self-medicate, you should consider postponing encampment attendance until the cadet 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 health service 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 might be conducted in the home.
Medical emergencies will be handled by 911 calls and, if necessary, 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 the cadet 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/injury, dismissal from encampment is possible.