S.O.S. for Camp Directors

Once students have mastered each technique, they are evaluated on the skill from beginning to end.

To enhance first aid instruction, students can act out scenarios based on the treatment protocols for common conditions. Students can take an active role by developing scenarios and then presenting them to the class in group activities. Simulation of treatment protocols reinforces the information for students.

If camp administrators do not have the ability to develop their own classes, a second option is to hire an outside agency to come on-site to provide the service. This may cost $25-$75 for each staff member. Having all staff attend the same course will ensure consistency in instruction and course content. In addition, information can be presented specific to the camp and facility.

A third option is to have camp staff provide documentation of completed classes in CPR and first aid. The staff member incurs the fee, which varies ($25-$75). This option does not guarantee quality instruction or ensure the content covered.

Two organizations that provide CPR and first aid training include the American Heart Association and the American Red Cross. Each organization offers a number of courses, making it easy to find one to best fit your needs.

The American Heart Association offers CPR courses at many hospitals through the nursing education department. First aid training is also available through the American Heart Association in conjunction with the National Safety Council. The Heartsaver Facts course is a good choice for camp staff, combining adult CPR and the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED) with basic level first aid procedures.

The course length is seven to eight hours. American Heart Association course card renewal/expiration dates are two years. To access course information and location of training centers logon to www.americanheart.org.

The American Red Cross offers both CPR and first aid courses. One option which may benefit camp staff is the Sport Safety Training course. The content includes sports related injury prevention, first aid care, adult CPR, and child CPR (optional).

The course is 6 1/2 hours in length and includes a reference manual for future use. Cards are valid for one year from the date of issue. Camp administrators can access course information and training centers through www.redcross.org.

Regardless of the type of training that meets your staff needs, the importance of practicing these techniques can not be underestimated.

Camp administrators must review protocols and emergency care plans on a continual basis. CPR and first aid cards are meaningless if staff members are not razor sharp in the execution of CPR and first aid protocols. The crucial element is for staff to have the knowledge and the ability to react to any situation.

Training in CPR and first aid is a vital part of staff development. Beyond meeting the state and local regulations, the peace of mind knowing that your staff is prepared and the satisfaction of handling medical emergencies with professional protocols is priceless.

Professor Judith Clayman has been a force behind the growth and revitalization of the programs in the School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies at Endicott College. Over the course of her career at the college, Professor Clayman has taught classes in physical education, sports management, health education, aerobics and weight training. In addition to her work at the college, Professor Clayman serves as an evaluator of continuing education programs for aerobics certification at the national level.

Elizabeth Donahue begins her fifth year as a faculty member of the athletic training curriculum within the School of Sport Science & Fitness Studies at Endicott College. She teaches structural kinesiology, therapeutic modalities, therapeutic exercise, kinesiology, First Aid and Safety and Pharmacology. Currently, she is pursuing a doctorate in Higher Education from NOVA Southeastern University. Besides National Athletic Trainers Certification and Massachusetts licensure, Beth holds CPR Instructors Certification from the American Heart Association.

Dr. Deborah Swanton has been with Endicott since 1993. She was appointed Chair of the Athletic Training Program in 1995, and under her tenure the program was granted CAAHEP Accreditation in 1997. She holds the rank of associate professor and teaches courses within the athletic training discipline. She has represented the college at a number of regional and national professional seminars, and has recently completed her doctoral degree in Teaching and Curriculum at Boston University.

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