CARLISLE BARRACKS, Pa. ( Feb. 11, 2013) -- Medics and staff from Dunham Army Health Clinic donated personal time on Saturday, Jan. 12 to help 18 Boy Scouts learn first aid skills to help them earn the First Aid Merit Badge. Scouts must earn this badge to achieve Eagle Scout.
Sgt. 1st Class Lawrence Romero, Dunham Clinic NCOIC, shows Boy Scouts how to tie an improvised tourniquet during merit badge training at Dunham Army Health Clinic, Jan. 12. (Photo by Col. Dave Dworak)
This is the second year that Dunham has volunteered to help the Scouts.
Greg Cantwell, Scoutmaster of Troop 173, noted that the level of support from Dunham Soldiers was tremendous. “By the end of the day the medics knew each of the boys by name, establishing a strong interpersonal connection,” said Cantwell. “The health care professionals here on the installation really motivated the scouts to learn more about first aid.”
Dunham staff trained the Scouts on assessing symptoms, first-aid procedures and possible prevention measures. Scouts also learned how to treat broken bones, severe cuts, heart attacks and patient transportation methods.
Lt. Col. Patrick Morrow, USAWC student, said he was impressed with the training. “When my son Joe left the house on Saturday morning for the first aid class, he said he felt like he was going to school on a Saturday,” said Morrow. “He came back very positive about the experience, said he learned a lot and enjoyed himself.”
To earn the merit badge, Scouts must demonstrate competence across 25 requirements. Scouts from Carlisle Barracks Troop 173 and Troop 146 from Wellsville, Pa. participated in the training.
Col. Dave Dworak