Thanks to Frank Otte, Scoutmaster of Troop 358, for bringing this to my attention.
Here is a terrific opporutunity for scouts who need to work on their Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge.
Come join us; learn and have fun! The Marion County Local Emergency Planning Committee (LEPC) is teaming up with Eskenazi Health, IU Health – Methodist, Riley and University, the VA Medical Center, IUPUI, Indianapolis EMS (IEMS), Indianapolis Fire Department (IFD), MESH and other agencies for a full scale Hazardous Materials Exercise.
We are requesting volunteers from each of the hospitals and service groups to volunteer to participate. Not only are we seeking adults, but also children, ideally ages 8-18.
This is a great experience for Scout and faith- based groups that are looking for an activity geared toward badge work; Emergency Preparedness or community volunteer hours. We do ask that we have an adult per 5 or 6 children as a chaperone.
Please let us know if you have younger children that would like to participate. There are opportunities for the children (and adults if you want to) to wear their swimsuit and get “showered”/de-conned by the Indianpolis
Fire Department and/or at the hospitals.
Camporee is important because Emergency Preparedness is important.
I am often interested in receiving ideas for articles that are interesting and timely. This article is due to a suggestion from Troop 343’s John Ruggles. The link he sent demonstrates that the general public is most prepared for emergencies if they have practiced emergency preparedness skills.
In 2009, FEMA conducted the Citizens Corp[s] National Survey of “Personal Preparedness in America ().
The Citizens Corp[s] Preparedness survey highlighted several aspects of “preparedness”:
- Having disaster supplies
- Having a household plan
- Familiarity with community systems
- Volunteer experience with a community safety organization
- Knowledge of immediate response
- Participation in drills
- Preparedness training
It seems obvious when you say it, but research shows that people who receive preparedness training are more likely to be prepared.
And involvement in related projects demonstrably increases actual preparedness, more than just about any other factor:
Individuals who had been involved in a community safety program (74%) or a disaster response team (71%) were significantly more likely to have disaster supplies in their home as compared to those who had not volunteered (52% and 50%, respectively).
I also found the comment from Daniel Smith particularly useful. He reminded me of the 2012 Baylor University study of the impact of scouting on the scouts. Daniel sums up the study rather succinctly this way,
In short, the study discovered a trend between those involved in the Scouting program and their future successes in life. Some of the noted trends include “higher levels of planning and preparation skills,” a higher chance to “be in a leadership position at their place of employment or local community,” and they “report [to have] closer relationships with family and friends.” So, one can infer that Scouting alumni are better prepared than the average citizen for many aspects of life.
The BSA has done a nice job of reducing some of these findings into marketing brochures that you may have seen in the past.
Please make sure to consider some of this material as you prepare Scoutmaster Minutes, skits, and games for Camporee and in the immediate follow up. Reinforce a great message.
Thanks again to John Ruggles for the lead on a good story.