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5 Fun Activities To Earn The Junior First Aid Badge
Time to read 5 min
Time to read 5 min
If your looking for ideas to make your meeting more fun while learning how you can save someones life or treat minor injuries using first aid, you have come to the right place. Using some of these activities below your girls will explore every aspect of safety with some fun activities, and at the same time take it a step further and actually learn how they can save lives and be able to take action in a actual emergency.
Below are a few ideas to get you started.
Did you know? The earliest named doctors were women? The earliest recorded female doctor by name lived in approximately 2,700 BC in Egypt by the name of Merit Ptah. Some 200 years later, another female doctor, Peseshet, lived and what was scribed on her tomb was the title “overseer of female physicians.” That means there were a group of them! Girls were rocking it out and making a difference in early world history in health care!
Before jumping into a few ideas, do you want to skip all the planning? If so, use the First Aid Activity Booklet which will help you prepare for real-life situations and emergencies. Be prepared to help others in emergency situations. With a step by step activities, you can’t ask for a easier way to run your meeting. Learn more about this activity booklet and get yours today!
You may also be interested in these activity booklets for your girls:
Share with your girls different items that go into a First Aid Kit and then ask them to explain what they are used for. Here are 5 to get you started.
|Gauze||Hold pressure to a cut or wound that is bleeding|
|Antiseptic Wipes||Clean dirt and debris out of the wound|
|Antibiotic Ointment||Helps protect against infection in a wound|
|Bottle of Water||Cleaning wounds or to help rehydrate if someone is in the heat too long.|
To protect the wound after it has been cleaned.
What other items do you think should go into the first aid kit?
Watch this short video of a few girls who put together a script showing how to help someone in a emergency. The girls recorded it, and edited it themselves.
Sometimes medications are needed to help in emergency situations. People with known medical conditions will carry emergency medications to have available in the circumstance of needing them.
Share with your girls more about a few different medicines and discuss if anyone in troop or friends and families have to use these.
An epinephrine autoinjector can also be called EpiPen. This is a medical device usually used to treat allergy emergencies. A person carries one of these injectors because their body has an intolerance to something like a food or bee sting. An allergic reaction could look like hives (bumps on the skin), itchy skin, scratchy throat, or having troubles breathing.
An inhaler or puffer is a piece of medical equipment used for getting medication into the lungs. It is used most commonly by people with asthma. Asthmas is a condition where the lungs suddenly constrict, or tighten, and feel like they can’t breathe. When a person with asthma feels an attack coming, you may see someone take a deep breath in from one of these inhalers/puffers and hold their breath. This gives the medication time to circulate in the lungs and absorb where needed to open up the airway.
Glucose tablets are used in the evident of hypoglycemia. This is a condition that could happen to anyone if there is not enough sugar circulating in the blood stream. Glucose tablets can be used to help increase the amount of sugar quickly. Orange juice and hard candies can be used as well to help in this event. This could happen to anyone if they go a long period without eating.
What better way to help your girls understand what needs to go into a first aid kit then to play a game where they have to try to remember everything that goes into one. Give each girl a piece of paper and pencil. Lay out the items from the first aid kit in the middle of the group let them look at everything for 3 minutes. Then cover everything up. The girls then have 5 minutes to write down everything they can remember was on the table. Girl with the most items right wins. There are a lot of kits out there, but if you do a lot of camping with your girls check out this 303 piece first aid kit that is great for meeting spaces, camp outs, to use at home, to leave in the car.
If you don’t want to spend the time planning this badge, our First Aid Activity Booklet for 4th – 5th grade girls has step-by-step instructions with activities that don’t require any planning other than gathering supplies and printing booklets.
Another resource that has always helped me in planning is Pinterest – I found some great ideas and added to a Junior First Aid Badge Pinterest boards that are specifically targeted toward learning more about first aid.
Well of course give them the badge to display proudly on their vest, they earned it! Additionally If you are like many leaders we want to award our girls when they complete something even beyond just the patch. One great way to show achievement is with a certificate. Don’t worry you don’t have to make them, I found a resource that has done all the work for you and all you have to do is print them and customize the certificates with each girl’s name, date and troop leader. A complete set of certificates.
If you have a multi-level troop you may want to use one of the variations to this program that is geared toward the age of your girls.
This Leader Planner is from another amazing blogger named Jen her blog is called “I am StrawjenBerry” With the help of Jen I wrote a blog post explaining everything you will get in this planner. It has everything you need to plan your troop year. The planner contains your calendar, meeting planners, rosters and badge trackers in one safe place for when you need it. Read more