Wilderness First Aid course, April 2-3 in Missoula
This message is to all the parents of Troop 26, and our Scouts that will be 14 or over by this April:
On June 29, 2014, I was accompanying the more advanced boys in our Troop on a high-adventure float trip on Belt Creek. I believe you all know the story. Suffice it to say that the trip did not go so well for me and I am glad that we focus on first aid in Troop 26!
Our Scouting program is not about eliminating risk. Rather, we attempt to recognize and manage that risk.
Our adventures happen in the outdoors, often when we are a long way and time from professional medical care. When I broke my leg on that float trip, it was almost five hours until I arrived at the Benefis Emergency Room. The First Aid necessary for these type of situations is over and above what is required when we are four minutes from an ambulance when we call 9-1-1.
Tony Higuera is a first aid expert and a Scoutmaster in Missoula. He will be offering a Wilderness First Aid certification over April 2-3 in Missoula for only $50. His class can only accept a maximum of 20 participants, and he already has 9 signed up. We can find you lodging in Missoula if you want to take this class. A flyer for the class is attached.
I encourage you to think about getting trained in Wilderness First Aid. I will be going through similar training this Fall. Your decision to take this training could literally be one of the most important decisions you will ever make.
Yours in Scouting,
Scoutmaster, Troop 1026, Great Falls, MT
Vice President for Program, Montana Council
Boy Scouts of America
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