Re: CPR training
Timothy J O'Leary (tjo@CPTCHR.AFIP.MIL)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 05:46:20 -0700
On Fri, 15 Sep 1995, Ira Wallenstein wrote:
> CPR is too important a skill not to be taught.The Red Cross or the AHA are
> not the only places where CPR can be taught. Is certification the issue or
> is learning the skill?
> I am less concerned about my scouts being certified as I am about their
> knowing how and when to use it.
I agree that CPR is an important skill, and that Scouts should learn it.
Nevertheless, we have heard adult leaders complain time and time again on
these pages about scout camps which are serving as "merit badge farms",
and other ways in which our boys are being shortchanged in their skills
I have never seen an AHA or Red Cross Instructor "give away" CPR
certification, but I have seen Scout MB counselors go pretty light on
the requirements for the MB's. Furthermore, I know of very, very few
Scout leaders who I believe are qualified to teach the CPR. Finally, I
see no way that a summer camp program which teaches swimming MB or Small
Boat Sailing MB can possibly do a good job of teaching CPR and testing the skill
required for the MB in five hours total, which is the typical time
Since the requirements are now in place, I would propose that we, as
adult leaders, owe it to our boys to at least make sure that we have the
skill level necessary to teach and test these skills well. Ideally, this
would mean an AHA or RC instructor's certificate for FA/CPR if we are
signing off on one of these MB requirements. At the very least, we
should be certified ourselves. And the boys should know the stuff
CC Troop 772
FA MB Counselor, and really obsesive-compulsive about making sure that
Scouts really know the material and demonstrate their ability to use it
in an unfamiliar situation before signing off on the blue card.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City