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Wayne Independent - Honesdale, PA
  • Pleasant Mount troop takes top prize

  • - On a cold March day, Saturday , March 22nd, the Dan Beard District held it’s annual First Aid Competition Meet at the the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.
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  • - On a cold March day, Saturday , March 22nd, the Dan Beard District held it’s annual First Aid Competition Meet at the the Commonwealth Medical College in Scranton.
    Through a series of scenarios and questionnaires scouts are tested on their life saving skills. These skills were judged upon accuracy, time and procedures and evaluated by the medical students from the college.
    Skills included were the ability to recognize symptoms and behaviors that may be associated with diabetes or heart related emergencies.
    There were 20 stations that included many emergencies: spider bites, broken arms, poisoning from plants, heat exhaustion, puncture wounds, as well as severe bleeding and the ability to transport victims.
    One person related it to being a doctor in the emergency room on a full moon, that could be on a TV show.
    Competition in events like this is similar to the olympic scoring. The numbers are very close and although there are no losers here, one team will be on top.
    It is reassuring that the scored numbers are that close, and all scouts possess the skills necessary to maintain the life of any person. These are essential skills that are learned for Life, no pun intended.
    There is no doubt that this troop did well in the First aid meet due to the training provided by Joe Scotchlas who, along with his son, provided the training and counseling for them, last year, to receive their first aid merit badge. Obviously, the training stuck with them and is serving us all well.
    First aid is the first requirement in taking the “Emergency Preparedness” merit badge.
    This badge requires the scout to possess the ability to handle situations, to respond, recover and mitigate all emergency situations. It also has the responsibility to work in conjunction with emergency services in line with the jobs they are training for, like search and rescue, crowd or traffic control, communications, collection and distribution services and mass feeding, shelter and sanitation.
    There are currently 9 scouts in the troop taking on this badge and responsibility!
    Is scouting for you, or your son?
    Come talk to us on Friday evening in Pleasant Mount at the Community Center or better yet, talk to us at our “All you can eat Spaghetti and Meat ball” fund raiser that supports a week at summer camp, on Saturday, April 26th.
    Page 2 of 2 - Best to have tickets ahead ($8 adults or 5-12yrs $6, <5 free) as only a limited amount will be sold at the door.
    For Information contact fund raising chair at 570-756-3875.

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