WEST ORAMGE, NJ - Pack 10 West Orange Cub Scouts Webelos II Den, comprising fifth grade students at Redwood Elementary School, learned life saving techniques last Thursday night, courtesy of Doctor's Express in West Orange, NJ. The session took place at the Pleasantdale Presbyterian Church's Parish House, the host location for all Pack 10 Scout meetings. The event was part fulfillment of required training for the boys to achieve the Readyman Badge, one of many requirements for advancement within the Cub Scouts.
Led by Doctor's Express Medical Assistant Qiana Clarke, and supported by Administrator Albert Saad, the Scouts learned and practiced various techniques including basic CPR, the Heimlich Maneuver, and care for minor and serious injuries including cuts and scrapes, sprains and splints, burns and frostbite care.
Clarke also covered snake bites and insect bites, such as: ticks, bees and wasps.
In addition, Doctor's Express presented each Scout with a starter First Aid Kit, discussing its contents in detail, how and when the items should be used and supplements Scouts can add to their kit to handle emergencies.
"Information such as this is vital to a Scout's training," said Leader for the Pack 10 Webelos II Den Sandra Layton. "These are lessons they will carry with them always and will benefit them throughout their lives. Our boys camp a lot, and are constantly in environments, both at home and outside, that may warrant the need for medical attention. With training such as this, they will be well prepared."
According to a representative of the den, Scouts receive training throughout the year through varied experiences, and it's “all due to the commitment of the volunteer parents who work tirelessly to provide unique experiences for the Scouts, and committed partners within the community who support the Scout's mission to empower youth.” Partners such as Doctor's Express, Shoprite in West Orange and West Orange Mayor Robert Parisi, continue to play a vital role in supporting young boys within the Township, added the representative.
"I grew up in West Orange, and I am proud to raise my sons in this community that has always been collaborative and supportive of family and youth development," said Layton. "We contacted Marge Franco, practice administrator at Doctor's Express for assistance in providing this lesson, and she immediately jumped on board. We are very grateful to have partners within our community who believe in cultivating strong, young men who themselves are learning to be committed to community development. And we are thankful to our newest partner, Doctor's Express, for joining the Pack 10 team of supporters."