Field Training in Wilderness 1st Aid
Alan Halcon of www.dirttime.com, and course instructor, leads students of both Troop 4 and Troop 110 through the Wilderness First Aid class. Two Scouts participated as well as nine adults in the intensive, 16-hour course.
The group began with a 2-mile hike into the Arroyo Seco to Gould Mesa Campground. Along the way, Alan talked about and demonstrated survival techniques along with showing everyone what plants are eatable.
Students learned how to make soap and cord from yucca, how to make a salad from native plants, and where to find “wild tomatoes.”
Once the students were set up in camp, the instruction began, going well into the night, all by firelight.
The next day, they continued through the book, talking about injuries, illnesses and special situations. The students took S.A.M.P.L.E. reports with each other and learned how to improvise splints using natural resources. The course was a huge success.
There will be another class coming up soon. For those interested in taking the course, please contact John Taylorson.