dj wrote:Can anybody out there tell me if an American Red Cross CPR/First Aid course can be taught to meet First Aid merit badge requirements...
The Oregon Trail Chapter of American Red Cross offers a First Aid MB course called "When Help is Delayed" that is specifically and intended to satisify virtually all the MB requirements. The only requirments not satisifed through the course are teaching first aid skills to another scout and making your own First Aid Kit, both of which were easily satisfied through the troop. The course was eight hours on a Sunday and cost $25. The course is reccommended for scouts and scouters, and you get CPR certified. The course I took with my son was taught by a former Eagle scout and now paramedic.
The Red Cross program was much better than the 4 to 5 hours of first aid I observed this past summer at camp. I was very disappointed with the lack of applied learning and superficial training I saw @ summer camp. The summer camp program was about getting a MB first, and learning first aid second.
The Red Cross course I took did not go beyond the badge requirements, it just did a better job at teaching the requirements. The extra time and focus and smaller class size allowed the participants to actually learn and demonstrate the requirements. The CPR certification was basically automatic and no extra work was required beyond the MB requirement.
Regardless, as discussed in other posting, First Aid is not something you learn once and then you're done. First Aid skills need to be practiced and maintained.