scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: Teaching First Aid
Wed Apr 05 2000 - 09:02:30 CDT
> 2) If you have enough kids, do a stretcher race at some point
> to wake 'em up.
> Use senior Scouts as "victims," which adds to the fun & prevents the
> "smallest body for rescue" syndrome.
>From safety standpoint, you might want to use logs. The boys will rush
in a race, resulting in less than perfect stretchers - and "victims"
somewhat more injured than when they were initially loaded onto the
I agree with Auntie Beans - if you want Scouts to remember the first
aid, don't teach it all in one session.
Do let each person practice. There's nothing better for remembering
that a tummy is a good place for warming frostbitten toes than actually
placing another Scout's bare toes on one's own bare tummy!
Also, check Woods Wisdom. There are some "example" emergency cases in
there. Give those examples - or ones you develop yourself - to
"victims" (older Scouts or SAs) in advance and let them ham up the
victim thing. Inevitably, you'll have a new Scout ask the "victim", "Is
your leg broken?" "Oooooooo, it hurts so bad. Don't touch it. Ouch!"
(i.e., the victim should not tell the rescuer that the leg is broken,
since real victims don't always know that bones are broken.) The victims
can place signs on themselves: "Cold, clammy skin", etc. Or, if checked
for breathing, an "unconscious" victim can (alertly <g>) hand the
rescuer a piece of paper that says, "Breathing", or one that says, "Is