Our den started working on the “First Responder” adventure. I really wanted to make a concerted effort to make sure everything was very hands-on for the scouts. I’m a firm believer that you have to practice something in order to have it stick in your head.
We have a den of about 11 scouts. We decided to break them up into about 3-4 groups at each meeting. I drafted parents to handle one topic for each meeting. We had about 4-6 stations per meeting and had the boys rotate through them in SMALL groups (not more than 3 in a group). Having small groups was key so they each got a chance to practices.
For the hurry cases, we made sure to talk to them about identifying the symptoms of the issue how to treat and then we had parents act out certain cases and the boys each had to apply the proper treatment. We also made sure to review everything at the end of the meeting. We kept pretty close to the content in the new handbook.
I do believe like the scouts learned a lot in this adventure. We were fortunate to have very willing parents. We were lucky to have a Dr. in our group as well as several parents in the medical profession. Having parents involved was really key to the success of this adventure.
Unfortunately, we did not have access to a CPR dummy. This would have been nice for the CPR portion.