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By EV HILLS, MD

hat oft-cited motto of scouting was So you want to be a volunteer? (With apologies to
running through my head as the well- all those wonderful folks who support scouting!)
worn yellow school bus bounced its way
In retrospect, there was an unbelievable amount
along a rutted dirt road leading into the of work ahead to complete as this was not the
expansive Summit Bechtel Reserve (SBR), site typical camping trip I had attended in recent
of the 2017 National Boy Scout Jamboree. I had past years. First was securing the permission of
just dropped my car off in a big field near the my wife to take one week off in the middle of
visitor's center and lugged a duffel bag onto this July which, being a good sport when my son
bus, sweat rolling off my face.
and I would take off, she graciously consented.
Jim and his colleague Judy Dillon, Director of
What in the world did I get myself into for the Community Health, helped keep me on task with
next seven days?
the paperwork which was incredibly extensive and
6 months earlier, the following question was exhausting. It is no small feat to get credentials and
posed to me by Jim George, Director of Com- privileges together in 4 short months to practice
munity Relations for the Penn State Hershey on week of medicine in another state. Boy Scouts
Medical Center, "Hey, we're putting together of America and the State of West Virginia have an
a medical team for the Boy Scout Jamboree... elaborate process for submitting the documents,
are you interested?" Having been involved with evidence of insurance both malpractice and
Scouting through my son's troop and still feeling personal, letters of good standing, copy of my
the pangs of an "empty nester," it took all of one diploma and medical license, passport photo, and
heartbeat to say "Sure!" Then the fun began.
handwriting sample in order to obtain a Summit
Health Services Permit. I had to take the Youth
Protection training, update my BLS and ACLS
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training, and complete three web-based training
seminars on the electronic medical system being
unveiled for the first time. All of this was necessary
before my telephone interviews with the national,
SBR, and basecamp medical directors. With
two weeks to spare, I got the coveted message
that everything was in order. There were close to
6000 volunteers from all across the country. I got
to meet oil rig operators, EMTs, Border Patrol
officers, shooting instructors, SCUBA instructors,
truck drivers, and ER doctors, to name a few.
Always have a buddy.
I was lucky to have James Rory J. Tucker, MD,
as my buddy for pre-trip planning and as company
for the 374-mile trip from the parking lot of the
Penn State Medical Group Camp Hill facility to
Glen Jean, WV. That 5 ½ hour trip was a mixture
of getting to know each other and speculating on
what lay ahead. Having him on the trip home
was essential. While at camp, I was paired up
with Bruce Blank, DPM, an Eagle Scout and first
time medical staff volunteer to the Jamboree. He


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