Re: Misc. / Soapbox
Monte Kalisch (montek@MONTEKCS.COM)
Sun, 13 Apr 1997 18:04:03 -0600
At 12:06 PM 4/13/97 -0500, Blaine A. Jackson wrote:
>Question: Are these items anyone else is concerned about? Am I too
YES! They're all things you should be concerned about. Unfortunately, you
can't change everyone out there, but you can make your mark (so to speak!).
>1. At every Expo (or similar) that I have attended, I have
>observed a troop or pack setting up a COPE or challenge course type
>activity. It is almost always the case that the activity is incomplete
>or set up wrong. I have never seen one of these which actually
>incorporated all of the appropriate safety rules and procedures. Usually
It is unusual for a COPE activity to run as planned without trained
(National Camp School Certified) instructors. COPE is a really spectacular
activity, but it requires trained personnel. I would encourage any troop
considering COPE activities to contact their council office and try to get
into contact with a NCS-certified COPE Director.
>2. I walked over to the site of the Monkey Bridge to find the SM
>tending to a scout who had cut his leg with a hand axe. The cut was
This is absolutely unacceptable. Not only should the SM have contacted
someone with more first aid experience, he should know better than not use
latex gloves. (Even if he's willing to take the chance (!), he has an
obligation to set a good example!) These are all training issues, though.
And, if the leader hasn't had the proper training, s/he may not know what
to do in this situation.
>3. Another troop had set up a First Aid display. When I went to
>tour their site, I found that they had an extensife Moulage kit and lots
>gloves. His response was, "Oh, this is like he was on a backpacking trip
>and would not have gloves." When I expressed surprise, I was told (very
>seriously) that they would not carry gloves because it was really
>necessary to "watch their weight" when backpacking.
More excuses, huh?!? These Scouts didn't learn this in *my* first aid
class. I will not sign off a first aid kit (for first aid merit badge)
that doesn't have--at least--two pairs of latex gloves in it.
This kind of stuff is frustrating, but we have to keep trying to educate
people, especially our Scouts.
Yours in Scouting,
Monte Kalisch, NCS Program, Ben Delatour Scout Ranch
'97 COPE Director, Emergency Medical Technician
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City