Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: First Aid MB at Camp (long)
Re: First Aid MB at Camp (long)
Sat, 13 Feb 1999 21:52:01 -0600
while I would agree with just about everything you stated there is a
situation that our Council ran into at camp that caused us to rethink.
We had some military medic teaching the First Aid and then a paramedic
another year. It turned out they were just going through the "motions". Our
camping committee and our Executive board decided that this was doing an
injustice to the Scouts and we discontinued offering first Aid at Summer Camp.
The point is particularly with the CPR as you know, you cannot take
shortcuts. This has been proven because in the courses I and other Scout (Red
Cross) counselors have taught have lead to the Scouts using their skills and
saving lives. It has to be monitored by knowledgeable people like yourself.
Summer camp in our case turned out to be a "merit badge factory".
J. Kevin Chapman
American Red Cross CPR and First Aid Instructor
Eagle '67 and used to be a Bobwhite and a good ol'staffer too.
Peter K wrote:
> First aid can be taught at camp. For a lot of troops this is the only place
> that has all the equipment to properly teach it.
> I have taught First Aid Merit Badge at camp before and it is quite an
> undertaking. To solve a the problem of not having supplies for a first aid
> kit, we required each scout bring a home first aid kit with them to camp. We
> then went over the contents with the scouts during the merit badge sessions.
> We also allocated extra time. We used two 1hr back to back blocks total of
> 10hrs of instruction. The merit badge does not require AHA or ARC CPR
> certification. So we are able to teach CPR in about 3 hrs. instead of 4.
> This was also the only camp merit badge with a written test.
> So yes it can be taught and should be offered at summer camp.
> Peter K Kennon NR EMT-I
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> A man who dares to waste an hour of time has not discovered the value of
> life. - Charles Darwin