As we all know the Boy Scouts of America is all about the preparedness! One way units have become better prepared is through a partnership with the American Red Cross. The Red Cross partnered with the BSA to develop Wilderness and Remote First Aid training. Unit leaders are encouraged to be trained in WFA and it is required in order to attend any of the high adventure programs. If you have not had the opportunity to receive this training contact your local council to see if they have anyone who can provide the training. You can always contact your local Red Cross chapter for class availability as well.
But there is a really nifty new piece of preparedness information available to scouters these days! The Red Cross just published a First Aid application for smartphones that is incredibly handy. You can peruse anything from hypothermia to heart attack to shock and bleeding. You select the type of injury or symptom and it walks you through how to respond. And a really neat aspect of the app: it will give you links to other possible related first aid that could be required. And the best part about the Red Cross First Aid application? It is completely and totally FREE!
Though we do not always allow electronics at scouting activities it is very handy and easily downloadable! We’re excited about the app but we sure are hoping we never have to use it!