Re: First Aid for Day Camp
John T. Peeples (john.peeples@STJUDE.ORG)
Wed, 11 Jun 1997 10:10:16 -0500
On Tue, 10 Jun 1997, Kim Moye wrote:
> I have just completed 1/2 of a First Responder Class sponsored by my work.
> I have completed the Basic First Aid, tomorrow, we cover CPR.
First, congrats on the course; wish I could get the same training at work!
> The First Aid is not Red Cross certified, although the RN instructing us
> has taught this course. I was told, and wanted to confirm that since I
> was *not* Red Cross certified, I can't run the first aid station at
> headquarters for Day camp.
> Does anyone know if this type of course qualifies for helping out with
> overseeing any Cub function?
I'm serving as the Day Camp Director for my district for the
second year (after 2 year's as our Council's Day Camp Chair); in preparing
for my staff training session for tommorrow night, I've been reading over
the "1997 National Standards for Local Council Accreditation of Cub
Scout/Webelos Scout Day Camps."
Item M36 ("M" indicates that this is a mandatory standard) states
that "The Council has engaged a physician licensed to practice medicine as
a medical supervisor to approve and oversee the health care practices of
this camp. . . . The on-site camp health officer (you ?) is a responsible
adult holding current certification or license as required for the
position. The medical officer (physician?) must also have current
certificaiton in CPR by *any* [emphaisis added] recognized community
agency." There is then a blank to list the CPR certifying agency (I think
for the MD) and a list of 8 classifications that would apparently be
approved for the on site health officer, the last one states "The minimum
requirement is current certification in the American Red Cross Standard
First Aid program, which includes CPR or the National Safety Council First
Aid program and CPR Level 1".
Of course I can't speak for National or for your Council and
District; however, in my several years on Staff I have read this to
indicate that training such as you have could be approved by the Camps
Health Supervisor (the physician) and/or your Council's Health and Safety
Committee, assuming that your First Responder course meets standards
similar to the ARC or NSC programs [I'm sure it does]. I know many people
that meet one of the other 7 discriptions (Physician, RN, Physician's
Asst., LPN, Medical Student (? I'd have to be careful with this one,
thinking of some of the 1st year med students I've known!! <vbg!>),
Paramedic, or EMT) that are not certified through an American Red Cross
Program - many by their own hospital or other similar organization.
In addition to the ONE individual as the camp health officer, the
standard requires "One staff member for every 40 campers must be coached
in first aid practices for conditions most likely to occur in camp and be
trained in CPR by **any** (again, my emphasis added) recognized community
agency." No doubt that your training meets this paragraph of the standard;
therefore if anyone else on staff actually has "Red Cross" certification
they could be listed as the primary health officer with you as back up.
However; I still think your first responder training should qualify and be
well beyond what the Red Cross offers in basic First Aid.
Just my 2 1/2 cents worth (inflation and experience add up! <G>)
John T. Peeples, Scoutmaster Troop / Pack 231
Crittenden District (Chickasaw Council) Cub Day Camp Director (2 years
running and still going, going ... !)
First Presbyterian Church, West Memphis, Arkansas
DO YOUR BEST for others, expect the best from others; it really does work!
> kim moye
> cubmaster/pack 308/allen texas
> cub roundtable commissioner/arrowhead district/circle 10 council
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