Water Safety

Troop 237 was camped on the shores of Cache Creek. Its site was on the inside of a sharp bend in the river. The Scouts spotted rapids followed by a deep eddy-hole, and also evidence of a very strong undercurrent about thirty feet offshore. This convinced the troop leaders to be serious about Safe Swim […]

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Street Smarts

Going on a hike? How about a hike around town? Or perhaps you and your Scouts are pounding the pavement drumming up Popcorn Sales. Before you know it we’ll all be out canvassing the neighborhoods, Scouting for Food. What do all of these activities have in common? You guessed it – just walking around. Our […]

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Stoves, Lanterns and Fuel

Remember the seven elements of a good stove and fuel safety program: Training – Make sure that everyone, youth and adult, goes through a hands-on stove, lantern and fuel safety session at least once a year. Everyone who operates a stove or lantern or handles fuel should be certified in safety procedures. Supervision – Designate […]

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Skiing Safety

When I was 15, I nearly killed myself skiing. I compressed a vertebra, cracked three ribs and was fairly certain I was going to die on that mountain just after I hit the ground. It was a very simple accident, I ducked to avoid a tree branch just before I hit a jump at high […]

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Safety Training

One of the fun aspects of Scouting for both Scouts and adults is collecting patches from each trip. Whether the patches are worn on a uniform or jacket or just kept in a box, they bring back memories of the trip, the event and the places we have seen. Unfortunately, sometimes the collecting can become […]

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Tetanus

Background The bacteria that cause tetanus enter the body through any wound or break in the skin, often in a foot. The bacteria live in soil, dust and animal droppings. (Contrary to rumor, they do not live on rusty nails. Nails, rusty or not, can inflict the requisite skin puncture for the bacteria to invade.) […]

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Stings and Bites

Background Bees sting, leaving a stinger in your skin; wasps, hornets, yellow jackets and spiders bite. In most cases stings and bites are painful but not serious; the pain and itching disappears in a few days. Symptoms are swelling and tenderness around the sting/bite, redness, burning pain and itching. Scratching the wound can introduce infection. […]

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Poison Oak

Background About 50% of us are extremely sensitive; we will have a reaction upon slightest contact with the oil of the poison oak plant and the rash will spread to non-contact areas of our bodies, perhaps even internally. Another 35% need higher concentrations of the oil to have a reaction. It takes varying amounts of […]

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