Posts Tagged ‘first aid’

In Week one of the Emergency Prep challenge we need to find stories about weather and emergencies. I didn’t want to scare our Brownies with tales of doom and gloom and I was pleased to find the Kids Crossing Weather Stories page – including weather stories that don’t minimize the impact of weather events, but shouldn’t freak everyone out either.  =)

I’ll be printing Adventures in Snow! and Tornadoes in the Soccer Field! for tomorrow’s meeting.

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emergency_preparedness_2013We are starting the new year with the Girl Guides Ontario Emergency Preparedness Challenge. It is a pretty involved challenge (three weeks of programming!) but we’ve been wanting to do it for a while.

Sometimes when you approach a challenge, you kind of take bits and pieces from it and make it suit your own group. This time we’re doing it pretty much as programmed (but three weeks is a lot and you might not be ready for that…I encourage you to read over the challenge for some really great ideas). And, in a pure coincidence, we booked a visit to our local Police station in the middle of the month too.

  • In week one, we’ll learn what is an emergency, week 2 is about planning ahead (Be Prepared!), and week 3 is about safety skills.
  • The program linked here is for Brownies, but the program is available for all levels.
  • Don’t forget to order the challenge crest from the GGC Ontario office.

Happy New Year everyone.

Yours in Guiding,


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Our recent Brownie Camp included a Be Prepared First Aid Kit made from film canisters (launched a neat discussion about film…NONE of them had heard of film!!), stuffed with gauze (useful for covering wounds), bandages, and alcohol wipes (there are two in the kit – first aider washes hands, and washes the cut). We put a small loop of yarn on the outside for pinning to a hat – stuck with a length of electrical tape (which is useful for taping gauze down) and a safety pin (always useful!).

Our first Aid kit contents:

You could add coins. Check out this film canister first aid kit from a Cub Scout group in Utah for other ideas.

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All tucked into the canister.

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Final product. (Wrap the electrical tape around 3 – 4 times to get a half meter of tape around the canister)

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Now that film (and the canisters) are almost non-existent, I asked the Facebook group for suggestions for something like film canisters. Here’s what they said:

  1. Diabetic Test Strip containers – about the size of a C Battery.
  2. Pill Bottles – I’m not a fan of teaching kids to open pill bottles, but they’d do. And someone said that there are easy open ones.
  3. Altoid Tins – they’re a little big, but would do
  4. Tic Tac or Gum Containers.
  5. Snack Baggies or small Jewelry baggies from the dollar store – always useful in a pinch.
  6. Buy dollar store small containers. I think I saw 6 for $1.
  7. Someone had a stash of breast milk containers.
  8. Expired medical sample bottles (unused)… ask your Doctor.
  9. Pool Water test strip containers.

Do you have any ideas?


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Tonight’s meeting is a fun one.  It is all about First Aid and Emergency Prep (are you surprised that this http://school.discoveryeducation.com/clipart/clip/firstaidkit4c.htmlsubject interests me?) and it is fun because the Owls get to be silly.   And now that I’ve read that sentence, considering that first aid preparation is so important, it is weird that I love this meeting for the silliness.

Here’s the plan:

6:30 Arrival Bandaid Tag.

6:40  Inspections

6:50 Brownie Ring

6:55 Program Discussion – How do you stay safe indoors?  What are some of the dangers?  How do you call for help?  Do you know the numbers to call?  What do you do if your clothes catch on fire (stop/drop/roll).

7:05 First Aid – How to Help Correctly

Sometimes someone gets hurt… what do you do when someone is hurt?  (answer: “give them first aid”)  What is first aid?  What to do?  What not to do?

  • Wrong Way (Silly Part)- The owls demonstrate the wrong way to respond to an emergency (responder moves the person, wraps them in a big hug from behind to help with choking (because they saw it on tv! “I know what to do!”), panics, faints,… basically, play up every wrong thing to do with your situation).
  • Right Way – Now the owls demonstrate the correct way to respond.
    Objective is –
    (1) Stay calm and check that the area is safe (will something else happen?  Are kids sliding down the slide on top of the person?  Is a car coming?)
    (2) Think before you do anything
    (3) GET HELP, and
    (4) Comfort and talk to the person you are helping

7:10 First Aid/Emergency Response Skits “Wrong Way/Right Way”  Have the girls act out scenes about what they would do and what they should not do in these situations (we’ll just pick three or four – and we’ve made the situations pretty generic to let the girls decide what the emergency is and how to deal with it):

  • On the toboggan hill someone falls off their sled
  • Your sister fell off the top bunk of her bed and isn’t moving.
  • You’re in the cafeteria and your friend suddenly can’t breath (choking)
  • You wake up and smell smoke!
  • Someone is upset in the playground.
  • You’re skating on the Rideau Canal (in Ottawa) and you see a hole in the ice
  • You see a pot on fire on your kitchen stove
  • Your dog has chewed through the cord of the lamp in your bedroom .

7:30 – Skit performances

7:40 Campfire (prep for singing for seniors next week).

Hand out first aid booklets – here are some good ones:

7:55 Close.

And that’s it for tonight.

It will be a fun meeting (we’re in our new gym – I’ve confirmed it with the custodian) and I’m in a much better headspace than last week.   Also, I’ve been promising a write up on our neat way to handle inspections (JillySwan reminded me – thank you!).  I’ll get to it this week – hopefully with photos from tonight!

Happy Tuesday!

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