Re: First Aid Req.
Ricky Steverson (RSteverson@BEACHLIFE.NET)
Sun, 2 Nov 1997 19:06:21 -0800
> Should The CPR requirement be dropped from first class?
> During the past 10 yrs. the age of first class scouts has been getting
> younger and younger, now the BSA goal is 12-13 yrs.old. As the scouts are
> getting younger the advances in understanding and practice of CPR has be
> getting more advanced. The American Heart Asso. (AHA) Recommends that a
> person administering CPR be at least 16 yrs of age. The reasoning behind
I'm not sure what the Red Cross's advice is on this, but the reasoning
(strength of the admnistering individual) seems valid.
> The other issue is the people teaching the CPR. Most often they are troop
> guides that have no training at all. Or, a SM or ASM that has had only a
> community CPR class or none at all.
> The change that should be made:
> Remove the requirement form 1st class
> Change the requirement in First Aid MB to mandate the CPR be taught by a
> Cer. Instructor and the scouts meet current AHA standards. (AHA is usually
> 1yr ahead of the Red Cross)
I would MOST DEFINELY like to see first aid AND CPR be taught by
certified instructors ONLY. I think that the first aid, as taught to the
average scout, is a little too gun-ho for my taste. What I'm referring
to is the thought that 'cause they had be taught a first aid skill, if a
sitution develops, THEY MUST use that skill. I have a conversation with
a ASM, and Eagle Scout, who had stated that two-deep leadership was not a
issue in the patrol he oversaw, because if a boy is injuried in the
woods, he's going to bring that kid out! Mind you, this conversation was
about an day trip outing in the woods only 5 minutes from the hospital,
and easily reached and we were discussing what to do if a kid broke a
The idea that because you know how to administer first aid, you should be
carefully to use that skill only if the situation warrants it, seems to
had gotten lost. This was the first thing I was taught by a certified
instructor at a community college. First aid can result in a greater
injury to the victim, so, if professional medical help is available and
the victim is not in danger of dieing on the spot, get the professional
Having said that, I DO think that first aid is important to scouts. Too
important to let non-qualified persons give the instructions.
Fortunately, the scouts in my troop are getting their instructions from
someone who is Red Cross trained and certified. I hope this continues.
My 2 cents, ok?
Ft. Walton Beach, FL
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