Scouting, Volume 78, Number 3, March-April 1990 Page: 3
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The patrol leaders' council may involve parents this month
• Asking those qualified to assist with instruction for first aid
• Inviting parents to the "The Real Thing" highlight.
• Asking parents to provide transportation to site.
PATROL LEADERS' COUNCIL
The PLC should meet about the middle of the previous
month to plan troop activities for this program feature. If it
doesn't complete all items on the following suggested
agenda, it continues its planning at PLC meetings following
each troop meeting.
• Decide whether "The Real Thing" will be a single day or
• Choose site and secure permission if it is needed.
• Ask the patrol leaders to inventory their patrol's first aid
supplies and report deficiencies. Fill needs. Ask for help
from the troop committee.
• Either plan the "emergency" situations the patrols will
face during "The Real Thing," or, if you want complete
surprise, assign an adult leader to plan them. See sample
emergencies later in this section.
• Plan details of troop meetings for the month. Assign patrol
demonstrations for the month, covering skills that will be
needed for "The Real Thing."
• Arrange to invite First Aid and Emergency Preparedness
merit badge counselors to help with troop meeting instruc-
tion and to serve as judges of patrol performance on "The
• Hold a junior leader training session on "communicating"
(Official Scoutmaster Handbook).
THE REAL THING
Activities for the month will climax with a practice exer-
cise full of real-life experiences with imaginary emergencies.
• Patrols will be confronted with several unexpected emer-
gencies, dependent on their skill levels.
• Various problems that will involve making decisions in
life-threatening situations will be presented.
• Activities will be in outdoor settings as well as simulated
urban settings with Scouts' family members or friends acting
the parts of victims.
A patrol of Scouts is on a camp-out in a heavily-wooded
area in a national forest. A severe thunderstorm and flash
flood hits their campsite. Both leaders are immobilized with
broken legs; one is unconscious; several of the Scouts have
severe cuts. The nearest ranger station is five miles from their
campsite. They have managed to radio you on the two-way
radio you have to request help. You are V2-mile away in your
EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS 3 1990
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