CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Fewer than 10 participants of the 2013 National Scout Jamboree were admitted to Charleston Area Medical Center's facilities during the event last month.
Seven youth and two adults were admitted to the hospital from the Jamboree, which was held July 15-24 in Fayette and Raleigh counties, chief financial officer Larry Hudson said during CAMC's monthly Board of Trustees meeting Wednesday.
"CAMC handled more of the trauma cases," Hudson said. "There were various injuries -- orthopedic, head injuries -- but none were life-threatening or have long-term consequences."
Hudson, who also serves as the president of the local Buckskin Council, said there were 187 visits to emergency departments throughout the state, mostly in the Beckley area. Hudson was unsure of the number of admissions, and the Boy Scouts of America has declined to release the information.
"Although Boy Scouts of America does not disclose information of a medical nature about our membership related to any of our camp properties or events, the Jamboree Medical Services team provided first aid medical services directly to participants and visitors and, when needed, arranged for transportation to a local hospital," read a prepared statement from the organization.
Hudson said that four years ago, when the Jamboree was held at its previous location in Virginia, there were 700 trips to area emergency departments and 350 hospital admissions.
"The event was much safer than in prior years. Fewer adults and kids were injured, which is good news," he said.
Hudson, who has three sons who are Eagle Scouts, said on-site medical personnel were available this year as they were four years ago, but that the Jamboree was simply created better than in years past.
"It's a tribute to the engineering of the events themselves. The Boy Scouts of America did a great job of planning and engineering and executing a very safe Jamboree," he said.
CAMC had a discharge unit set up in case it received a large number of Scouts.
"Typically, the kids are from the West Coast or are out of state or out of town, and it would take some time for their parents to get there and pick them up," Hudson said.
"So we just had arrangements in place to accommodate them during that interim period of time, but fortunately, we didn't see many."
CAMC officials also created special patches for kids who were admitted to the hospital.
"We had a fair number -- maybe a couple hundred, made up, which we didn't need, thank goodness," he said.
The patch features "Charleston Area Medical Center" across the top and includes an image of a helicopter and "National Jamboree 2013" on the bottom.