“We were asked by the leader of Pack 24 Cub Scouts here in Cartersville to participate in their Twilight Camp to teach them about first aid, so they could earn a — they had to go through the readyman activity badge in order to be able to earn an arrow of life badge,” Bartow County EMS Public Information Officer Brad Cothran said. “So we had to teach those bright young men about first aid, which involved explaining to them what they should do if they see an accident. We taught them about controlling serious bleeding, people that stop breathing, people that have internal poisoning and heart attacks, how to treat those and how to get help on the way. We taught them about shock, which is usually associated with the severe bleeding. Then your normal cuts, scratch, burns, choking. We taught the Heimlich maneuver to them and taught them how to do it on adults and how to help with a choking infant.”
The scouts came from Bartow and Gordon counties for the yearly gathering.
“Twilight Camp is for our Cub Scouts from 6 to 9 [p.m.] ... It’s for kids 7 to 10,” said Matthew Rood, district executive for the Sequoyah District of the Boy Scouts of America. “They get to come and do all type of activities ... and overall have a good time.”
The camp teaches the youth everything from crafts to physical fitness to geology, in addition to the EMS-related techniques.
“We spent four days up there — three hours each night. We had [three] groups that came through each night that we taught. Then we explained to them what’s in the first aid kit, how to use everything in the first aid kit in case they ever needed to use it,” Cothran said. “... Any of these children could be out anywhere and see someone choking and they know what to do now. First thing you do is call 911, you’ve got to get help on the way and then you can help with what you’ve learned.
“These are Boy Scouts. They go on camping trips in the woods. Snake bites, bug bites, cuts, burns — they’ve learned how to deal with it. They’ve learned how not to be stressed or scared.”
Held each year in the summer, the camp returned to Adairsville High this year because of the location and connections to the school.
“Because it’s Bartow and Gordon counties, Adairsville is our middle ground,” Rood said. “We are also very friendly with Adairsville High School. There are so many safety factors already in place at the high school.”
The Twilight Camp sessions were a first for the EMS personnel, part of the push for community involvement by Director Kevin Garren.
“... We’re doing a lot more in the community. We’re meeting with organizations in the community and seeing what we can do to help them. We’re teaching classes, CPR classes. We’re going to all the doctor’s offices now and advising that we’re teaching CPR and ACLS, which is advanced cardiac life support, because a lot of your nurses and doctors have to have that and we’re teaching it,” Cothran said. “It just gets us out in the community. It lets people learn who we are, what we do. We’re not just there to pick you up, throw you in truck and take you to the hospital. We’re, basically, we’re a rolling emergency room. We spend two years in school learning how to treat patients and recognizing heart attack, strokes, how to treat it.”
Rood said the event will continue to grow and encourage future Boy Scouts.
“It’s a great time for scouts to get out there ...,” he said, adding that the camp began focusing on giving back. “We’re probably next year going to add a community service project.”