Thursday, September 27, 2012

A Wee Little First Aid Kit

One of the first badges we're working on this year is First Aid for both the Juniors and the Cadettes - finally, a badge that works well for multilevel troops! (This will also fit in nicely with our Outdoor Skills Challenge.)

Next week we're heading to the local fire station to talk to the EMTs, who will cover a number of the requirements. In the meantime, we decided to tackle the 3rd requirement in the Junior badge and make personal first aid kits tonight.

It's nothing fancy to look at, but it's compact, portable and holds some basic essentials. We went with a medium size pill bottle, punched a couple of holes in the lid, painted it red and added the first aid symbol with red duct tape. The girls had to really squeeze, but we were able to fit in the following items:
  • 2 bandages
  • 1 moist towelette
  • 1 alcohol swab/antiseptic wipe
  • 1 gauze square
  • 1 longer piece of gauze
  • 2 safety pins
The girls strung them on yarn so they could be worn around their necks or tied onto their backpacks. In total, they only took about 15 minutes or so to put together, leaving us plenty of time to do some planning for our camping trip in October.

Have to give a shout-out to Leftovers, Etc., where we got the pill containers. If you're anywhere near the St. Louis/St. Charles area in Missouri, be sure to check this place out sometime. I'm not sure if there are similar organizations in other cities, but it's a Girl Scout leader's dream come true.

2 comments:

  1. Where did you get the individual wipe/towelette squares? I haven't really looked to see what is out there yet, but we do plan to do something like this.

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    1. My co-leader picked them up Target, but you should be able to get them at any chain or drugstore.

      The alcohol swabs are usually in the first aid aisle - here's an example:
      http://www.kmart.com/shc/s/p_10151_10104_025V043871436000P?sid=KDx01192011x000001&srccode=cii_17588969&cpncode=33-86969844-2

      The towelettes are usually wherever they keep hand soap and sanitizer.
      http://www.walmart.com/ip/Wet-Ones-Antibacterial-Singles-24-ct-Pack-of-Two/12338416

      Hope this helps.

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