After reviewing the importance of prevention and preparedness, Scouts and adult leaders learned about initial steps to take when responding to backcountry medical emergencies when quick rescue is not possible and care must be maintained over many hours.  Participants reviewed the basic life saving techniques required for rank advancement as well as how to relocate and protect an injured victim from environmental hazards like freezing weather.  The Scouts practiced a team lift and carry by transporting their Scoutmaster to a protective thermal wrap they constructed from sleeping bags, sleeping pads, and a ground cloth.  And they learned how to splint leg injuries using improvised materials.  This knowledge is particularly important in a Boy Scout troop like 75, which conducts several wilderness backpacking trips each year.  Instruction was provided by three adult troop leaders with wilderness first aid certification.

- Mr. Mark Lowen, Scoutmaster



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