*Family Emergency Preparedness Badge*
By: TooshieGalore
21 August 2015

This summer I planned an extended-family project involving primarily nieces and nephews but of course no one was turned away. I had 16 participants ranging from 12 years of age to 63. The Boy Scouts Emergency Preparedness Badge was our project.

Scouting is a respected group that turns boys into men and girls into women. Everyone can learn from the Scouts. I downloaded the Emergency Preparedness Badge requirements outline to guide my project. I interpreted "troop" to mean family, and appointed one of the college-aged men to play the role of "counselor." We each already had completed various Red Cross First Aid Courses, which we used to meet the requirement of the First Aid Merit Badge.

We used Facebook to stay connected. I posted the outline ahead of time to give everyone a chance to look it over. Then, throughout June and July we:

This turned out to be a very good idea. Success in keeping everyone engaged was in the hands-on drills, the heavy use of the lake and in keeping it fun. The kids were motivating the adults, so we had a lot of parents to stick around instead of just dropping off. We had a celebration picnic complete with a graduation ceremony. It was good to get family together but it was even better to make a little progress on being prepared.

For more info on the Emergency Preparedness Badge: http://www.scouting.org/Home/BoyScouts/AdvancementandAwards/MeritBadges/mb-EMER.aspx


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