New (First Aid/CPR) MB requirements
Betsy Foss (BAFoss@AOL.COM)
Thu, 28 Sep 1995 20:40:42 -0400
I have 2 points I would like to pose to the group around the new MB
requirements for the merit badges that have added first aid and CPR.
1. Since they dropped CPR from Lifesaving (because they added it to
Swimming) does that mean that someone who now has Swimming and goes for
Lifesaving next year does not need CPR because, technically, they have
Swimming already although not with the CPR part.
2. Did anyone give any thought to the fact that swimming, canoeing, small
sailing, hiking, backpacking, etc. WERE MBs that emphasized the SCOUT'S
to do the requirements and did not expect them to be able to "rescue" someone
else in the process ? Besides, some of these first aid/CPR requirements are
part of the lower ranks (Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class) and seem
somewhat redundant. (realizing of course scouts can take these MB without
being any particular rank). My argument is
that by the time they reach those ranks they may have the maturity to deal
much better with aiding an injured person. There must have been some reasons
to include them in the ranks as opposed to requiring them with MBs in the
first place and I question the change.
By the way, our Senior Patrol Leader(SPL) and Assistant Senior Patrol Leader
agree with point #2. Our SPL suggests that if they are going to include the
first aid / CPR for the MBs they should just add the First Aid MB back into
the 1st class requirements. He also suggests that there should be 3 MBs to
include CPR/First aid - First Aid, Lifesaving, and Emergency Preparedness and
those would be the only ones to require them. Those are the 3 main MBs that
are aimed at saving/helping other people.
Thoughts ? Comments ?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City