scouts-l Mail Archive for March of 2000: Re: First Aid Required
Jim McMaster (mcmaster@SWENG.STORTEK.COM
Mon Mar 20 2000 - 16:17:01 CST
A previous post in this thread mentioned the cost of First Aid/CPR
certification, which is definitely a concern. I can only address costs in
Boulder, but a call to your local Chapter should give you the comparable
figures where you live.
In our area, Community First Aid & CPR costs around $40.00 if taken at the
Red Cross. If you can find a Red Cross Certified Instructor to teach outside
the Chapter, the cost can be much less.
Instructor training costs either (a) $60.00 if you agree to teach 6 volunteer
classes for the Red Cross or (b) $300.00 if you do not. Once certified, the
instructor can charge any amount he/she desires for classes outside the Red
Cross. I have my instructor certification, and am now teaching the required
The minimum amount that goes to the Red Cross is $6.00 for certification.
This applies if the instructor has outside access to the manikins, videos,
book and supplies needed for the course. If the instructor rents these
things from the Red Cross, it costs $18.00 per student per class, which
includes the $6.00 for certification. Whatever the Instructor charges for
expenses/fees are up to him/her, and are in addition to the amount charged by
I have proposed our District purchase the necessary supplies for teaching
these classes from the Red Cross. These would be made available for Red
Cross Certified instructors to check out for classes to troops for a small
fee (probably about $3.00) to recover the initial investment of approximately
$1500.00 and costs for expendable supplies. If the student wants
certification, that would cost $6.00, and if they want to keep the manual,
they would pay the cost for replacing that. This would allow me to certify
Scouts and Scouters for less than $10.00. The Council Risk Management
Committee is now considering the proposal.
I hope to organize Scouters who are Certified Instructors to teach classes
for troops in the District. After I have the requisite experience, I plan to
become a Certified Instructor of Instructors, and offer a cheaper path for
Scouters to become instructors within troops. I think, and so far the
Council seems to agree, this is a worthwhile service to the community, as
well as an avenue to increasing the number of First Aid/CPR Certified Scouts
and Scouters, which certainly benefits our program.
If you would like more information on my proposal, send me private email.
The numbers will vary depending on the charges at your local Red Cross
Chapter, of course, but if you can get your Council interested, I think it
could be beneficial.