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Medical services of a mulicultural summer camp event: experiences from the 22nd World Scout Jamboree, Sweden 2011

Ib Jammer1*, Christina Allansdotter Andersson2, Anna Lindholm Olinder3, Bo Selander2, Anna Elmerfeldt Wallinder4 and Stefan Rocco Hansson5

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Haukeland University Hospital, 5021 Bergen, Norway

2 Department of Pediatrics, Central Hospital, 291 85 Kristianstad, Sweden

3 Department of Clinical Science and Education, Karolinska Institute, Södersjukhuset, 118 83 Stockholm, Sweden

4 Primary Care Centrum, County Council Västernorrland, 852 34 Sundsvall, Sweden

5 Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Institute for Clinical Sciences Lund, Lund University, 221 85 Lund, Sweden

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BMC Health Services Research 2013, 13:187  doi:10.1186/1472-6963-13-187

Published: 22 May 2013

Abstract

Background

Prevention and treatment of medical issues are the main task of a health service at a youth camp. However, only few reports about organisation and implementation of camp health care are available. This makes it difficult for future camp directors to plan and estimate the health care needed for a certain camp size. We summarize the experience in planning and running health care for the 22nd World Scout Jamboree (WSJ) 2011 in Sweden.

Methods

During the WSJ, 40,061 participants from 146 nations were gathered in southern Sweden to a 12 day summer camp. Another 31,645 people were visitors. Members for the medical service were 153 volunteering medical professionals with different language and cultural backgrounds from 18 different countries.

Results

Of 40,061 participants 2,893 (7.3%) needed medical assistance. We found an equal distribution of cases to approximately one third surgical, one third medical and one third unspecified cases. Much energy was spent on health prevention, hygiene measures and organizing of psychological support.

Conclusions

A youth camp with a multicultural population and a size of a small city demands flexible staff with high communication skills. Special attention should be paid in prevention of contagious diseases and taking care of psychological issues.

Keywords:
Health services; Scout; Camp; Morbidity; Adolescent; Health policy; Safety; Paediatrics