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.
We are on our second meeting for the “Stronger, Faster, Higher” adventure. The first meeting, we had the scouts work on the basic fitness items A-F (jumprope, pushups, 20-yd dash, etc.) We recorded their results and asked them to keep it up for 30 days and record their results weekly at least.
The second meeting we had them design a fitness course. We have a rather large den (13 kids). We let them flounder around and chaos ensued for about 5 minutes until we broke them up into two groups. We had one group that was passionate about football design a sort of NFL combine course. They did a good job with this. We had to have adults be the ones throwing the passes. So, we had to set their expectations a bit, but it was nice to let them do something they enjoyed… football. The other half of the group was less interested in football and designed a different course involving jumping, crab walking, frisbee toss, and plain running. We wound up prepending the football course to the jumping course and it all worked out fine.
We had to drive home to the scouts that they are really competing against themselves to become “Stronger, Faster, and Higher”. We will repeat the course in two weeks.
In this meeting we also had them practice a relay game to teach to the younger scouts at our next pack meeting. Will report on this next time.
Next week we have our shopping trip for camping at Costco for “Cast Iron Chef”. We are camping next week. It’s a bit late for the cubbies to go camping, but it’s been warm so far this fall.. (famous last words!).