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Local Boy Scout Camps Free of Swine Flu

According to Boy Scouts of America they have had no cases of swine flu among campers this summer in North Carolina so far.

BSA has held two sessions of Cub Scout Resident Camp, a weekend of Cub Scout Family Camp and Cub Scout Day Camps at eight different locations this summer with more than 3,000 participants without one incident of the virus.

Ray Franks, Scout Executive for the 9,000 member group says the council's camping operations started taking precautions early in the summer to prevent its camps from being infected with swine flu. He says, "To think that it could not happen to your camp was just plan reckless."

According to Frank every family was asked to complete a form requiring the parent to certify the Scout had not had a fever in the last seven days. Parents were asked to inform the council if anyone had had flu like symptoms in the family in the past week. Plus, camp staffs were trained to recognize flu like symptoms and to immediately inform the health officer of any Scout or leader displaying symptoms.

East Carolina Council, BSA still has three more weeks of operation of Pamlico Sea Base at Bonner Scout Reservation and the council says it hopes to continue its clean health record for the remainder of the 2009 summer camp season.


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