Re: Aquatics Merit Badges and CPR
Roger Phillips (roger@PHILLIPS.IDISCOVER.CO.UK)
Mon, 10 Jun 1996 01:18:16 GMT
>Now that I have posted an introduction, let's move on to my first question.
> Advancement people here in the Northwest Suburban Council are trying to
>decide how to advise Merit Badge Counselors who are required to evaluate a
>Scout's demonstration of CPR by the new requirements for most of the
>aquatic merit badges. What level of competence does it take to evaluate
>and improve someone else's performance of CPR?
Snip Snip Snip
I don't have much idea how the BSA works with such things but the SA in the
UK normally use outside bodies for things such as lifesaving and 1st Aid.
The St John's ambulance and the British Red Cross have a variety of courses
in 1st Aid for people of all ages that always include CPR. Although
Voluntary Organisations they set the National Standard. They are recognised
by employers and schools. In particular they have an input into Health &
Safety at work legislation. The same is true of the National Life Saving
Awards. They are not just recognised as Scouting awards.
The real bonus for scouting types is the standard is set by an outside body
whose expertise is nationally recognised. It also means that as leaders we
do not have to be a jack of all trades. We are able to call in a real
expert to teach adults and young people alike.
I assume, perhaps wrongly that in the US similar bodies ensure a consistancy
of conduct and training.
Putting the out into Scouting
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City