Edmonson Voice Staff
Photos courtesy of Troop 597
On June 13, 2016, the Edmonson County Boy Scouts took time to learn about one of many first aid methods. According to Scout Master Derek Curtis, the scouts cover first aid ranging from simple scrapes to identifying the signs of a heart attack and treating a person for shock.
Boy Scout Haydn Burrell said "Knowing first aid can be the difference between life and death, especially if you are in the woods."
One of the problems the Scouts had to overcome was making a stretcher to carry an "injured" Scout. The Scouts were provided with two poles, a tarp and para cord, where they successfully made a workable stretcher.
Scoutmaster Curtis said "It was interesting to see the thought process that the Scouts used to make the stretcher. The Scouts banded together, became a group working as a single unit, and were able to achieve the task."
The Boy Scouts were accompanied by Webelos Scouts, who portrayed victims. Webelos Scout Tristan Lucas said "It felt uncomfortable pretending that I was injured, but it benefited all that participated so we could learn how to treat injuries."
At completion of the evening the Boy Scouts earned their First Aid Merit badge.