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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