Even Day Campers Need A Camping First Aid Kit

The writer of the following article took part in various Girl Scout activities for ten consecutive years. The writer can remember having a Scout leader who did not hesitate to make use of the many items in a camping first aid kit. The writer can recall one weekend when one troop member developed a terrible blister. The writer heard from other Scouts that their leader had removed from the First Aid Kit a sterile and pointed object. She had used that pointed object to pierce and drain the one Scout’s blister.In July and August of 1968, the residents of Pennsylvania had daily reminders that they lived in a region that becomes uncomfortably hot and humid during the summer months. As the temperatures soared, one group of Girl Scout leaders supervised a Day Camp in southern Bucks County. As part of the Day Camp program, they had planned a cookout.

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Now during a cookout, one typically feels the heat of the fire used to cook the food. If that heat is combined with the heat of the day, the conditions would seem to be right for the development of heat exhaustion. That fact underscores just one of the reasons that even day campers need a camping first aid kit.

That planned cookout provided the day campers with a taste of what it is like to be a “real” camper. Still, the Day Camp Director decided that she wanted to give her young Girl Scouts more than a “taste” of the complete camping experience. Before the end of their two week Day Camp experience those girls had demonstrated again and again that even day campers need a camping first aid kit.

The Camp Director decided to have her Girl Scouts enjoy one night of camping in a tent. She secured tents for the campers; and the leaders and campers set-up those tents. Fortunately, no injuries occurred during that set-up process. Had anyone been injured, the campers would certainly have used the appropriate items in a camping first aid kit.

Before the session had finished, that Girl Scouts had had what many of the young girls seem to have viewed as an “outdoor pajama party.” The night when the campers were supposed to sleep in the tent, they insisted on playing in and around the tent. Since a tent is not meant to be a play yard, the behavior of the campers could easily have led to creation of an accident.

Again, good fortune shone on that Day Camp and that Camp Director, Again, no injuries occurred. Still, the thought of young campers running around in the dark, should erase any doubts that a reader might have about the value of a camping first aid kit, even in a usually calm day camp setting.

Suppose that while running in the dark, one of the campers had run into some poison ivy. The next day, she would have been itching and scratching in many parts of her body. The Camp Nurse would have been able to provide that camper with relief, if the Camp Director had planned ahead, and had purchased a camping first aid kit.

Parents, no doubt, could picture many other scenes, scenes that would point-up the benefit of having a first aid kit available.

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