scouts-l Mail Archive for June of 2000: Re: Philmont First Aid Reqs??
Jack Howe (JLHIII@VNET.IBM.COM
Sat Jun 03 2000 - 13:01:58 CDT
I just took the ARC Standard First Aid and Adult CPR classes
specifically to meet the Philmont requirement (I leave 6/15).
The classes were excellent... for the material covered. In spite of all
the first aid training I have had since the late '50s, I did learn some
new stuff. I also learned many practices that would not work on our
typical Troop backpacking trips (cell phones don't work, help is many
hours of hiking plus a long drive away).
These Red Cross courses are splendid for their intended audience; people
who can dial 911 and do the minimum necessary until help arrives in less
than 5 minutes.
These courses don't hold a candle to the "Basic", "Standard", and
"Advanced" courses that I took when I was a Scout. I wish they were
First Aid MB is positioned between the "Standard" and "Advanced" levels
and needs to stay at least at that level.
While I agree that the First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet needs to be
updated, I believe that the update should make a distinction between
first aid where 911 is readily available and first aid on an outing
where the ability to dial 911 may be hours or days away. Even at
Philmont, help may be an hour or two away for a fast runner.
Since Scouting is "Outing", I believe that the Scout Handbook and the
First Aid MB pamphlet need to be keep current, need to make the
distinction mentioned above and need to cover some of the material that
would be found in the ARC "Emergency Response Training" and "Wilderness
Advanced First Aid" classes.
ARC Standard First Aid and Adult CPR is not enough. To rely on this
level of training would put many of us at risk on our Troop outings.
BTW -- It was my Scout first aid training (we used the ARC classes
mentioned above) that prompted me to join the National Ski Patrol as
first a Junior and then a Basic patrolman. The NSP led to getting EMT/A
certified (in the '70s, in Ohio of all places) and volunteering on an
ambulance service provided by our local Sheriff Dept. I gave up the EMT
life a long time ago, but still try to keep current on first aid as it
applies to Scouting.
Reply To: email@example.com