Re: CPR training
Milt Forsberg (miltf@UX1.CSO.UIUC.EDU)
Mon, 18 Sep 1995 09:45:29 -0500
One point we need to keep in mind with CPR and all the other skills
taught in Merit Badges is that we are not making the boys experts by
their earning a Merit Badge. The badge is an "introduction" to a
subject. Look at Lifesaving MB itself. Do any camps permit boys to be a
true lifeguard with only the Lifesaving MB? I have not seen any. Yes,
you can be a "lifeguard" at a pool by helping watch and hold the pole and
all that, but the requirement usually is for either BSA Lifeguard or Red
Cross certification to be a genuine guard. This should tell us something
about the MB work. The same applies to CPR. The requirement gets the
subject to the boy and gives him an introduction, but nowhere does the
requirement make him certified in CPR. Badges should be taught with the
attitude that they are in introduction into a subject. Furthermore, boys
should be instructed that earning the badge does not really make them an
expert in the field.
I had a problem with the old CPR requirement several years ago because
the only instruction we could get was the full-blown CPR course. I think
it is important that Scouts learn all they can about a subject, but they
do need to go on to more intense training in areas of interest to become
really proficient. Yes, the boys should be expected to complete all the
requirements of a badge, but please don't consider them experts in the
field. I have seen similar problems even with the Lifesaving badge where
the counsellor expected the boys to be able to be certified upon
completion of the badge. Thus, a small boy was rejected from the class.
This is not the intent of the requirements. Each boy must show
proficiency at his physical development level.
I hope we don't get into too much more discussion that we need a full CPR
course, as I really don't think that is the intent of the new requirements.
SM, Troop 7
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City