First Aid and insurance.
Fri, 14 Oct 1994 09:48:32 -0700
Last night at roundtable, I spoke with the leader who does most of our
first aid instruction for the leader training. I will try to relate
pretty much what he said about the issue of leaders liability for
training the boys.
First, the SM or others in the Troop leadership CAN train the boys in the
first aid requirements for RANK BADGES. This first aid is basically
common sense material, and requires no special training.
Second, the First Aid merit badge. Training for the MB should be done
by a certified medical person, who is qualified to teach the MB material.
That person SHOULD be a MBC, also. At least under the supervision of one.
The information presented in the FAMB sessions should cover ONLY what the
FAMB covers. Nothing more, nothing less.
Third, liability. In Arizona, we are covered by the Good Samaritan Law,
as long as we do not try to render first aid beyond our level of training.
This is probably true of other states that HAVE GS laws.
Fouth, for those states that do not have Good Samaritan Laws, it is his
recomendation that the best thing that you can do for the BSA in those
states is to start a "grass roots" effort to put GSLs in place.
For the record, this person is involved professionally with the medical
and first aid industry, so this is more that just a leader who knows some
first aid that is speaking.
ASM Troop 323
Grand Canyon Council
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