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Scouts Spend Veterans Day Learning New Skills

Written by Dave Smith

NORTH FORK – In order to be more prepared to serve the community, their families and themselves, Scouts of Troop 357, North Fork, spent much of Veteran’s Day learning first aid and CPR skills.

Eleven Scouts from Troop 357 plus two Scouts from Troop 341, Oakhurst, participated in the event.

(Front row (l to r): Chris Stuber, Josh Barba, Kai Hansen, Shane Duckworth, Mike Johnson. Back row (l to r): Nick Roland, Johnny Alsup, Jeremiah Stott, Josh Johnson, Morgan Burns Hartley, Quade Kennison, Hunter Ahrens, Isaiah Gibson)

Scouts learn first aid - photo Dave SmithDuring the 5-hour training the Scouts practiced skills necessary to complete the first aid merit badge. Training included bandaging, splinting, treating snake bites, CPR and rescue breathing, AED use, and numerous other first aid skills.

During portions of future meetings the Scouts will continue to work on improving their first aid skills.

In early October, the troop assisted with the Grizzly Bike Rally dinner by bussing tables, washing dishes, and cleaning up following the dinner. Later in October the troop spent the weekend camping and working on camping skills.

Jeremiah Stott learns first aid at Scouts training 11-11-13 - photo Dave SmithTroop 357 meets at the Scout Building in North Fork every Monday night from 7 to 8:30 p.m. In addition to the weekly meetings, the troop participates in monthly weekend activities.

Boys 11 through 17 or 10½ and going into the 6th grade are eligible to be Scouts.

For more information, contact Dave Smith, Scoutmaster, 877-2186.

And watch for the Scouts’ annual Christmas tree sale at the North Fork Library, starting Saturday, Dec. 7.

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