Updated March 18, 2007

First Aid Merit Badge Session #1, February 25, 2007
We started with a session on what should be in a first aid kit, and then on safety when giving first aid. Each Scout was given a pair of gloves, and instructed in the proper way to put them on, and take them off after they have been used. Part of the merit badge is to review some of the basic skills from the rank advancements. Scouts reviewed what to do when first encountering an accident victim, and how to assess the situation. They also reviewed some basics like the bowline. The first session started on CPR, and everyone learned the basics quickly. Each Scout was able to practice on a CPR dummy for several minutes. Additionally, the instructor was able to demonstrate A.E.D. usage using an A.E.D. training device. Scouts got a chance to see and understand the correct usage of these life saving devices.

First Aid Merit Badge Session #2, March 4, 2007
Scouts were instructed for some of the most common injuries, such as those requiring immobilization of a shoulder, arm, wrist or hand. A neckerchief was used to make a sling. CPR is continued each week, but expanded to include “after” care. Part of this involves moving a victim into a recovery position. A similar technique is used to move them from an initial position into a CPR ready position. One of the most common injuries in Scouts is an ankle sprain. Scouts learned the proper prevention, and care of handling such an injury.

First Aid Merit Badge Session #3, March 11, 2007
The third session involves splints for more serious injuries, such as broken bones. Scouts had to learn the proper care for breaks in most of their bones. They worked in teams to give proper care. Head injuries were covered in detail, including proper bandaging and care. While working on the splints, Scouts had to use not only materials provided, but improvise to show what materials they might use that they commonly have available on a hike or trip.

First Aid Merit Badge Session #4, March 18, 2007
The final session for First Aid focuses on moving victims. After discussing when and when not to move an injured person, various methods are practiced, for moving adults through infants. For Scouts a most likely injury would occur when hiking, so methods of assisting a hiker with a sprain or break were examined and practiced. For times when to need to move someone down steps or through a narrow area, a chair lift works well. A lot of time was spent providing help with materials Scouts usually have with them. Shirts could be used to make a stretcher.
A traditional stretcher was made from some tree branches, and a blanket. The hardest and last tasks involved lifting an injured person as a team, being careful of their neck and back, and placing them properly on a stretcher. Then the group had to transport them a distance, working in unison. Scouts will be meeting with the Merit Badge counselor one-on-one to complete all requirements that require them to demonstrate their individual knowledge. Thanks again to our counselor for working so hard with these boys.