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Baloo's Bugle


December 2003 Cub Scout Roundtable Issue

Volume 10, Issue 5
January 2004 Theme

Home Alone
Webelos Fitness & Readyman
  Tiger Cub Achivement #5




Community Group

Circle Ten Council


In Case of Emergency
The best way to handle an emergency is to be prepared for one. Knowing what to do ahead of time can help you stay calm enough to help. Here are some suggestions on how to be ready to help in an emergency:

·         Know your local emergency number. In most areas in the United States, it's 911. If your community has a different number, learn it and know it by heart.

·         Learn first aid. Look for basic first-aid classes with your local Red Cross, the YMCA or YWCA, the Boy or Girl Scouts, 4-H clubs, and other organizations. Or ask your school nurse to have a first-aid class just for students in your school.

·         Keep a list of emergency numbers by every phone in your house. Ask your parents to preprogram their cell phones with these numbers.

·         If you are babysitting at another house (or someone is staying with you), make sure an adult leaves a list of emergency numbers (as well as the exact address of the place where you are babysitting) close by, just in case.

The most important thing to do in an emergency is to call for help right away. You could yell "Help!" You could get an adult or send someone to call the local emergency number. Or you could make the call yourself.

If you are going to be the one making the emergency phone call, here's what to do:

·         Take a deep breath to calm down a little.

·         Tell the operator there's an emergency.

·         Say your name and where you are (the exact address if you know it).

·         Explain what happened and how many people are hurt. (The operator will need all the information you can provide, so give as many details as you can.)

·         Stay on the line until the operator says it's OK to hang up.

Here's something you may wonder about. What happens if you call 911, the rescue people come, and then it turns out that the person wasn't hurt too badly after all? Will anyone be mad at you? No! Absolutely not! Even if you're not sure just how serious the accident is, always make that phone call. This is exactly what the rescue people want you to do, and you might be saving someone's life.

What Not to Do in an Emergency
If you see someone get hurt, your first thought should be to call for help. Your second thought might be to rush right to the victim. But stop and look before you do. Is the scene safe? There could be a real danger, like live electrical wires on the ground or fire nearby. Or maybe the person is in the middle of traffic on a busy road. If it isn't safe, don't go near the victim.

And save the Superman stunts for the movies. That means don't try to do something like drive a car or run into a burning building. You could cause another accident or make the situation worse - you could get hurt, too.


Have the Webelos go through this in pairs.

Station # 1 – Stretcher

Material – Blanket and walking sticks

Have Webelos make a stretcher and carry it 20 feet or so

Station # 2 – Rescue Breathing

Material – Blanket or tarp

Have Webelos position one of group for Rescue Breathing explaining what hey are doing.

Station # 3 – Bicycle Safety

Material – Bicycle and helmet

Have Webelos demonstrate the hand signals used by bicycle riders.  Explain them first, if necessary.

Station # 4 – Choking

Material – Chair

Have Webelos demonstrate the Heimlich from a sitting position.

Station # 5 – Stretcher

Material – Call 911

Have a Webelos call out an emergency.  Then the others report the emergency.  Make sure they identify themselves, tell what happened and give the location.

Station # 6 – Direct Pressure

Material – Band-Aid and gauze

First Webelos hold gauze on the “wound” and count to 10.  The second Webelos will apply the band aid.

Station # 7 – Burns

Material – Pictures of various types of burns

Have Webelos identify the burn types and first aid requirements.  Do not have picture sin order.

Station # 8 – Fire crawl

Material – Large box

Have Webelos crawl through the box pretending there is smoke above it.

Station # 9 – Water rescue

Material – Milk jug buoy with rope and tarp

Have one Webelos on each side of the tarp.  The tarp is the water.  Have Webelos on one side toss the rescue buoy to the Webelos on the other side of the tarp.

Station # 10 – Car Safety

Material – baby car seat and large doll

Have Webelos buckle the baby (doll) into the cars seat.


Equipment: Bandages and splints, List of which bandages and splints will be used in the contest.

How to Play: Form teams of two Webelos. Be sure there’s enough bandages for each injury. A splint can be made out of tightly rolled newspaper. Strips of cloth can be tied to the splint. Have bandage wrapping for head injuries and some soft bandages for eye wounds. Use a neckerchief for a sling.. Before doing this relay be sure that you have practice and taught the boys the correct way to bandage a wounded person. With parents or other volunteers as the wounded, see who can do the job the best and quickest.  The bandages should remain on for at least ten seconds.



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