scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Philmont First Aid Reqs??
Deb Morrow (corzines@SIU.EDU
Thu Jun 01 2000 - 09:42:10 CDT
Chuck, Bill, and others,
My son is currently working on the First Aid Merit Badge. He
prepared for his initial meeting with his counselor by studying the
merit badge book and reading what was in the BSA Handbook
and Field Book. His counselor is a registered nurse, a teaching staff
member, and holds instructional permits from the American Heart
Association, as well as the American Red Cross for CPR (all levels),
First Aid (all types and levels), and emergency aid/procedures/trauma
center work. She knows what she teaches, and is always taking courses
to keep herself up-to-date on methods and procedures.
James rattled off all he had learned, hoping to impress her with his
abilities and skill. She then smiled sweetly, and told him to forget a
great deal of what was in the First Aid Merit Badge Book, that most
of it was old information, and not up-to-date for today's training. I
had also received and sent her an on-line first aid merit badge test
(several pages) that was referenced here on Scouts-L, and she is
going over it with a fine-tooth comb (I expect to receive it back
**Tournequets! OUT! NO LONGER RECOMMENDED
BY AMERICAN RED CROSS.
**Bite of suspected rabid animal? BITE OF ANY ANIMAL --
REPORT TO LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT
**Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail or fish hook? DO NOT
SQUEEZE ANY PUNCTURE WOUND AT ANY
**Shock -- Conscious victims can sip water. NO
These are a few of the notations she told me when we met.
James has had his second meeting, arranged for his third
meeting, and she has given him a very small book from the
American Red Cross that fits nicely with his handbook and
is sort of a quick reference to cover all areas of first aid (I'll
find out the name of it tomorrow and email the list if people
are interested). And boy, does he have homework!
If the counselors who taught the boys went only by the First
Aid book (and I know counselors who do/are doing/have
done that), then the boys are NOT receiving up-to-date and
proper first aid training, and that makes Philmont's statement
understandable. Find a good counselor, who is current and
does not work from the merit badge book! James has
been a Scout for one complete year, has finished eight merit
badges, and used the merit badge book for each one (he's a
1st class scout). I am a merit badge counselor for two areas.
This experience has brought it home to the entire troop that the
boys need to contact counselors who work in the field of the
merit badge, and counselors who try to maintain a high
standard of knowledge in that particular field.
I agree with Philmont's decision!
>Copied by Chuck Bramlet from a message he received from
>Bill Fahy on 5/31/00:
>This morning I called Philmont to make sure that the Heart Saver
>cards and the MB cards were adequate proof of certification. I
>was told that the Heart Saver cards were OK but, to my surprise,
>they told me that the First Aid merit badge training was not acceptable!
>They said that American Red Cross first aid training or equivalent was
Deborah J.C. Morrow
Kaskaskia District, Greater St. Louis Area Council
District Publicity Chair
District Roundtable and Training Staff
Committee Member, Troop 115
Cubmaster, Pack 115