Boy Scout Physicals

BSAThe Boy Scouts of America (BSA) is a valuable organization to our country and to the boys that it serves.  Having served in the BSA for years, I can attest to the benefits of the organization.  As with every organization there is always room for improvement.

In 2009 the BSA made a change in its policy regarding what professionals can perform participation physicals for the boys.  For decades prior to this decision Doctors of Chiropractic were performing physicals for Boy Scouts often times free of charge so that they could participate in their summer camps and other physical activities.  These chiropractors were acting in accordance with their licenses in their respective states.  The state of Utah where I practice allows chiropractors to perform participation physicals for schools or for employment.  Despite their license and education the BSA will no longer accept physicals performed by a chiropractor.  There were no complaints or incidents over the 20 years when chiropractors were performing these physicals.

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) continues to work on this issue.  They “sent two letters to BSA headquarters supporting the fact that DCs are qualified to perform annual physicals, voicing its concerns about the policy change and requesting that the previous policy be restored to recognize the state-authorized ability of doctors of chiropractic (DC) to provide annual exams to BSA. The group’s decision was not supported by any evidence; in fact, chiropractic physicians performed these evaluations for BSA for more than 22 years prior to the change last year. Furthermore, many DCs are involved with BSA as volunteers, leaders or parents.

If you would like to do something about this issue please visit the American Chiropractic Associations action site here: and follow the suggestions that they have there.




2 thoughts on “Boy Scout Physicals

    1. cmnacnud Post author

      I wish that were the case. In my eyes, it seems they were given counter education about Chiropractors, because this is a policy change. Chiropractors were just fine to give these exams for 22 years without complaint. Suddenly without warning the policy changed to specifically deny Chiropractors and only Chiropractors from this function that their license allows for. The reason that I was given by the BSA was that Chiropractors can’t treat every condition that may be found and so they are not allowed. Well most MDs can’t treat every condition and have to refer to specialists, but that was the official reason that I was given. I think the leadership needs reminding of how silly and political this looks to everyday scouters. Please visit the site and send the letter if you agree with it.


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