Re: Questions about Camp Impartials
Paul S. Wolf (Paul.S.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU)
Sat, 25 Jul 1998 20:31:33 -0400
Carl W. Timmons wrote:
> We were told at summer camp this year (July 12) that starting next
> year they would be requiring Red Cross/Am. Heart Assn. etc
> certification for the CPR portion of all Aquatics badges.
While Red Cross or Am. Heart Assn. certification is certainly
desirable, this policy violates the BSA advancement guidelines which
state that NO ONE can add to the requirements for a merit badge except
the national advancement committee.
I have seen nothing to indicate that they would AGAIN change the
requirement, since they just changed it this year.
In the 1998 Requirements Book, for each of the Aquatics Merit Badges,
the phrase "on an adult mannequin for at least three minutes" has been
replaced with "using a training device approved by your counselor."
The entire requirement reads:
Do the following:
(b) Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR
using a training device approved by your counselor.
You also said:
> In our council (Greater St. Louis Area Council) there is a card called
> CPR/FIRST AID PROGRESS CARD. You get them from council. You then go to
> a certified medical professional (Nurse EMT DR) and have them show you
> CPR and 1st aid. We do it at our local firehouse with the EMT. Then
> EMT signs the card and it was good enough to use for merit badges and
> the rank requirements. (We did the training in place of a normal Troop
> meeting. Very minimal training. Just enough to get by.
> You were in no way certified.
> There is a note on the card:
> "This requirement is designed to familiarize you with CPR. It is not
> a certification. You are encouraged to become CPR trained and
> certified when eligible"
I personally think that IF THE SCOUTS WERE DEMONSTRATING CPR and not
just watching someone else, the use of these cards is a perfectly valid
method of meeting this requirement, and would recommend its continued
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office, Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
Advancement Webmaster, US Scouting Service Project (www.usscouts.org)
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