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Baloo's Bugle

December 2001 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 8, Issue 5
January Theme

Did You Get My Message
Webelos Fitness & Readyman




National Capital Area Council

Resources: Boy Scout Handbook, Local Emergency Medical Technicians, Nurses, or Doctors Local or State Police, Safe Swim Defense Information Leaflet (BSA #LC7369)


Den Activities:

Invite a local E.M.T., nurse or doctor to a den meeting. They can cover requirements #1 through #5 in this badge. In coordination with the Aquanaut Activity Badge, study the safe Swim Defense. Be sure Webelos can explain it and its importance.

Make a Buddy Board and have Scout make their own tags. Invite a police officer to a den meeting. Ask him to speak on bike and/or car safety. See Traveler activity badge for car safety rules.

Visit a fire station. Have a fireman talk to the Webelos about the need for a fire escape plan. Have Webelos draw up a home fire escape plan.

Discuss home safety hazards. This coordinates with the Family Member activity badge requirement #3.

Take the Webelos to observe the district or council first aid meet. Attend your district roundtable for information.

Practice Hurry Cases--3 B's and a P is one way to remember them.

Join a local troop meeting when a first aid demonstration is being given. Call Scoutmaster--they're going to do it sometime during the year.

Give a talk to younger Cub Scouts (Wolves, Bears) on 6 rules of safety to remember while riding in a car.

Put together a first aid kit for your Pack to take on outings.

Stage a mock disaster involving injuries and have the boys treat the injuries. This could be done in conjunction with a patrol from a nearby Troop. With the Scouts demonstrating more complicated skills and acting the part of the injured.

Speakers: Fireman, policeman, EMT, Red Cross volunteer

Field Trips:

Visit a fire station with an E.M.S. Unit.

Visit a hospital E.R. or and Emergency Clinic.

Practice For Emergency Situations

You awaken in the middle of the night. Your bedroom door is closed and you smell smoke. Mother and father are out of town and your grandmother is sleeping in their bedroom. What should you do?

You are returning home from a baseball game and see a grass fire in a vacant lot near your home. What should you do?

You see smoke coming out of a window in an apartment building across the street. What should you do?

A stranger in a blue Volkswagen stops you on your way home from school and offers you a ride. What should you do?

You find your 18-month-old baby brother playing with a bottle of aspirin that has been opened. What should you do?

A kindergarten child is bitten by a dog on the way home from school and you are a witness to the Incident. What should you do?

A first grade boy falls off a swing and lands on his back. You are the first person to arrive at the accident scene. What should you do?

You are a witness to an auto accident in which a car strikes a girl on a bicycle and leaves her lying in the street. What should you do?

You awaken in the middle of the night and hear the baby crying. The baby-sitter is asleep in front of the TV set. What should you do?

A group of kids in your neighborhood are playing by locking one another in an old refrigerator they found in the alley behind a neighbor's garage. What should you do?

A gang of boys have been teasing a neighborhood dog. The dog is a family pet, but he is growling and shows signs of anger. What should you do?

The fire bell rings at school and two of the girls decide they'll play a trick on the teacher and hide under the library table while the class goes out for a fire drill. What should you do?

A first grade boy steps on a rusty nail in the sandbox. It goes through the sole of his tennis shoe and makes a slight scratch on his foot. He doesn't want to go to the school nurse. What should you do?


Pressure Pad Relay
Equipment - Each boy using his own neckerchief

One boy has about 30 feet in front of the team with arterial "bleeding' of the left wrist. There is one judge for each victim. On signal, the first boy from each team runs up and applies a pressure pad over the simulated would. When correct, the judge yells "off", the boy removes the pad and runs back to the team, tags off the next boy who repeats the operation.

Bandage Demonstration

Equipment - As needed.

One member of a den is the patient; the rest are first-aiders. On "Go" Number 1 runs to the patient and ties a head bandage and runs back; Number 2 ties cross chest; Number 3, thigh; Number 4, ankle bandage; Number 5, sling for arm; then Numbers 6 and 7 go up and be chair carry transport for the patient back to the starting point. No time element. (Note: In case of a small den, one or more boys may go up twice, until the project is completed). Base scoring on excellence.

Stretcher Race
- Two staves, one blanket, and one inflated balloon for each team. Teams line up in relay formation with two victims from each team lying from 30-70 feet in front of the team. On signal, two members of the team run up to the first victim with the blanket and staves, make a stretcher, and put the victim on it. When carriers are ready to lift the stretcher, a judge places the inflated balloon on the victim. The victim is carried to the starting line without the balloon falling off (to ensure care in handling the victim). If the balloon falls off, the judge counts off 20 seconds, places the balloon back on the victim's chest, and the team continues on its way. When they reach the starting line, the second team from the group dismantles the stretcher and runs forward to bring in the second victim using the same procedure and rules as the first team the first team to bring the second victim over the starting line is the winner.

What's wrong with me? -- Write down several different accidents or afflictions. (example: A broken leg, A nose bleed, Choking, Shock, etc... ) Place these in a hat and have the boys draw them out one at a time. The boy that drew will have to act out that particular problem. The first boy to identify the problem must show how to treat it, he now gets to pick and act out an accident.


Greater St. Louis Area Council


First Aid Skills Test

1. What is first aid?

2. All fire, rescue, doctor, police and poison control telephone numbers should be kept by the telephone. But no matter who you call, you must be ready to tell them: What?

3. Should you rnove anyone who may have broken bones?

4. Are there any exceptions to question #3?

5. How should you act in case of accident?

a. Scream for help.

b. If you can, send someone else for help so you can start first aid.

c. Go home and hope the victim will be all right.

d. Stay calm and cool

6. T'here are four kinds of cases where fast action spells the difference between life and death- what are these four "hurry-up" cases?

7. What is the first thing you should do for serious bleeding?

8. After you have taken care of the bleeding and sent someone for help, you should: what?

9. The following are true or false for shock:

a. Shock can cause death.

b. Don't treat for shock until shock starts.

c. Cover victim if cool- shade if warm or hot.

d. Have person lie down for shock.

e. Raise his feet if he bas a head injury.

f. Give sips of water only if they are awake.

g. If unconscious, lie flat on back, raise feet.

10. What are the pressure points used for?.

11. What should you do for a person who has stopped breathing?

12. Blow your breath into a stopped breathing victim only every ___ seconds for an adult, and once every ___ seconds for a child?

13. What is the first thing you should do if a person has taken poison?

14. Should you make a poison victim vomit if he has taken too much medicine?

15. If you think a baby is eating old paint, the baby should be tested for: What?

16. True or False - Cuts and Scratches

a. Let the cut bleed a little.

b. Don't worry about it, it is not serious.

c. Wash with soap and water, if you can.

17. If you think you have touched a poison ivy plant, wash with ____ and ___. If you get a rash, put on ________.

18. True of False-Sprained Ankle

a. If hiking, take off your shoe.

b. Put heat on the ankle to help pain.

c. Tie ankle bandage around ankle and shoe.

19. Heart attack is the major cause of death in the United States! What are the five most common signs of heart attack?

20. What should you do for someone who has the signs of a heart attack?


Den Activities

         Have a paramedic visit and explain emergency care.

            Visit an ambulance service or a fire station.

            Take a first aid or CPR class, or have a Red Cross instructor talk to the group.

            Have a water safety instructor tell the Webelos the rules of safe swimming and then go swimming.


Items for a First Aid Kit
Greater St. Louis Area Council


The contents of a home first aid kit should be clearly marked, and individually wrapped to keep things sterile.

You don't need a lot of things in such a kit - just the basic essentials to take care of immediate needs until you can receive professional care. You should have:

1 package of assorted size sterile bandages ("Band-Aids")

1 package of 8 to 12 two-inch sterile gauze pads.

1 package of 8 to 12 three-inch sterile gauze pads

1 roll of hypoallergenic adhesive tape

3 triangular bandages

3 rolls 2 sterile roller bandages

3 rolls 3" sterile roller bandages

1 pair of scissors

1 pair of tweezers

1 needle

1 safety razor blade

1 bar of regular soap 0iquid soap will dry up)

8 to 10 moistened towelettes (come in individual packages)

1 can antiseptic spray

1 package of matches


All of these items should be packaged in a sturdy metal or plastic container, preferably one that is water and airtight. You may find that making your home first aid kit is less expensive in the long run than buying a prepackaged kit.

All of the recommended items for your first aid kit have a very long shelf life, and remain useful over many years. Periodically, you should check the contents of your first aid kit and replace any items that have been opened, are dirty, the dates have expired or are missing.



Items for a Family Safety Kit
Greater St. Louis Council

It's a good idea to put together a family safety kit and store it in a new plastic garbage can (that way it is portable and you can use it later to store water). Some items to put in your kit include the following:

Canned food like canned fish, meats, and poultry packed in water, canned fruits and vegetables.

Non-electric can opener

Bottled water


Portable radio

Extra batteries

Fire extinguisher

Essential medication

First aid kit



Look and Remember Game
Greater St. Louis Area Council

Select items from a First Aid Kit bandages, tape, scissors, tweezers, gauze, etc, and lay them out on a table and cover them with a towel.

Divide the den into two groups, have the first group come over to the table with paper and pens. Uncover the First Aid Kit and allow the first group to look at the kit for about 30 seconds then cover the kit up again.

While the second group is looking at the kit, have the first group write down as many items as they can remember.

After the second group has written down all the items they can remember, then uncover the First Aid Kit. Hold up each item and have the boys identify the item and tell how to use it and when to use it. The boys check off each item that they wrote down on their list.

The group that remembered and identified the most items from the First Aid Kit wins.


FEMA Publications

You can get posters, videos and other fun things for free from FEMA. There are two ways to get FEMA publications. You can call, toll-free 1-800-480-2520 or you can write to:

P.O. Box 2012
Jessup MD 20794-2012

You cannot send E-mail requesting publications. FEMA cannot send material outside the U.S.

Here is a listing of some of the things you can order.

Brochure: Family Disaster Supply Kit

Coloring Book: Disaster Preparedness - Ask for: 8-1123

Door Knob Hanger: Fire Safety. Ask for 5-0200

Video: Prepare to Survive! - Ask for 9-1074

Story Book: Adventures of Julia and Robbie - Ask for FEMA 344

Story Book: Herman PIC and the Hunt for a Disaster-Proof Shell

Brochure: Wildfire-Are you Prepared? 5-228 L203

Poster: Earthquake Safety Poster 2-04 Poster 006

Brochure: Tornadoes : Nature's Most Violent Storms 8-1145

Brochure: Safety Tips for Hurricanes 0-17 L 105

Brochure: Tsunami! The Great Waves of the West Coast 0-332 L194

You can also order a Disaster Public Information Catalog to find all the materials that FEMA offers. 



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