Scouting, Volume 38, Number 10, December 1950 Page: 25
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One area in which the Boy Scouts are working
in civil defense is that of assisting in first aid
training. A first aid project in which any Troop
may take part is the making of first aid kits for
Troop, home, Patrol or personal use. The Troop kit
might well be the community first aid emergency
outfit, complete as possible and portable.
The first job in making the Troop kit is to build,
buy or otherwise acquire a suitable box to hold the
first aid materials. The size of the box depends
upon local needs. But a few principles apply to any
kit: (1) It should be large enough to hold every-
thing, in such a way that all contents are readily
visible, and any one item may be taken out with-
out unpacking the whole kit; (2) It should be
sturdy and lightweight; (3) It should have a list
of contents readily available for checking to keep
the kit filled; (4) It should be kept in a central
location; (5) There should be one person respon-
sible for the kit and keeping it filled; (6) No kit is
worth much unless there are several people trained
to use it.
The home first aid kit which Scouts should be
encouraged to assemble and keep in their homes, is
similar to the Troop kit in contents. The chief dif-
ference is in the quantity of separate items. The
home kit requires smaller quantities and the aver-
age home has many of the items listed, but usually
scattered here and there.
It is advisable to have a kit of all materials in
one box, or in one place so that everything is
ready when needed. It would be the Scout's job to
check the home kit, replace used items, and know
how to use the kit in an emergency.
The Patrol kit goes on every hike, camp trip, or
Patrol activity. It, too, is kept in good shape. Prob-
ably the best container is a metal box properly
labeled that fits in a small pack. The Patrol kit
would not require the contents of the first two kits,
but should contain everything that might be
needed by Scouts out on their own.
The individual kit is just a few items that fit in a
typewriter ribbon box, plastic cigarette case, or
other small, flat container, so that it may always
be carried in the pocket. The February issue of
Boy's Life showed an excellent Lite Pack personal
first aid kit.
TROOP and HOME
Two-inch roller bandage
One-inch roller bandage
3" x 3" sterile pad
Assorted Band Aids
Snake bite kit
3" splinter forceps
Wire or thin board splints
Sterile mineral oil for eyes X
(in dropper bottle)
Paper cups X
Aromatic spirits of
Calamine lotion X
Reference. American Red Cross First Aid Textbook, 1945
1 two-inch roller bandage
2 one-inch roller bandage
2 one-inch adhesive
2 half-inch adhesive
12 3" * 3" sterile pads
2 triangular bandages
Snake bite kit
3" splinter forceps
one-inch roller bandage
2" x 2" sterile pads
Other small items
according to needs.
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