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March 19, 1938

Current Comment

JAMA. 1938;110(12):902-903. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790120044014

MEDICAL ACTIVITIES AT BOY SCOUT JAMBOREE  Last summer, in celebration of the founding of the Boy Scouts of America, Washington, D. C., was host to some 25,000 boys from June 30 to July 9. The medical aspects of the occasion have been reviewed by Smith.1 The camp sites chosen were probably the best obtainable, but it was unfortunately necessary to scatter them in groups over a considerable area. Some of the camp sites were low, and heavy rains preceding the jamboree caused apprehension from a sanitary point of view. The camp was divided into twenty sections with approximately 1,250 boys each, and each constituted a separate administrative unit. The Health and Safety Department had three divisions: sanitation, safety and medical. The division of sanitation included sanitary engineers, sanitary inspectors and food inspectors. The division of safety was in charge of fire prevention and protection, promulgated accident and safety measures

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