Re: first aid session
David Ball (Ridcully@KAMI.KEBLE.OX.AC.UK)
Mon, 22 Dec 1997 20:12:43 +0000
Stephen P. Nodine wrote:
> I am thinking of doing a first aid session with our new Scouts. I would
> like to have accident "victims" strewn about for the boys to work on.
In my district (Epsom and Ewell, Surrey, UK), we have a first aid hiking
competition. This is basically an incident hike where the incidents are
"accidents" and the teams have to deal with them.For example, one was a camping
scene (we put up a couple of hike tents beside the footpath) where someone had
spilt boiling water on themselves. The emphasis was on making the situation
safe (turning the gas burner off, moving the billie so no-one triped over it)
and doing basic things like covering the burns (we happen to have a
proffesional make up person as one of the leaders in the district so the
victims are qwuite convincing) so stop infection, using appropriate things from
the first aid kit.
Another incident I remember was a car crash, where again the emphasis was on
safety and very basic response, ie calling the emergency services, not moving
the victims (unless in immediate danger), checking for fire risk etc.
The competition is quite closely fought, and most troops have an evening a
couple of weeks beforehand to train the scouts. I think this is quite a good
way to make first aid fun. There are probably some of you who will say first
aid should be serious, not "fun", but I think this is a more effective way to
teach scouts so they remember it and can use it if they ever need to than
sitting around in a scout hut being "lectured at".
Nonsuch Venture Scout Unit
Oxford University Scout and Guide Group
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City