There are many reasons kids join scouting organizations. These clubs are ideal for building character, developing skills and interests, as well as teaching a love for adventure, diversity, positivity and many other qualities parents want their children to learn.
A staple of many scouting organizations is teaching their members first-aid. Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, American Heritage Girls, Brownies, Cub Scouts and other similar groups often provide their youth a chance to earn a badge in emergency preparedness or first-aid.
Did you know you can use the Heimlich Heroes program to help your scouting troop earn their first-aid badge?
About Heimlich Heroes
The Heimlich Heroes program teaches kids ages 7-14 how to recognize, respond to, and prevent a choking emergency. Many scouting groups have used this life-saving program to help members earn a first-aid badge and a Heimlich Heroes patch. Some groups have even used it in conjunction with other first-aid education, working with their local fire department and paramedics to also teach kids about fire safety, 9-1-1 calls, and how to prevent and treat minor injuries.
The Heimlich Heroes training program will not only help give kids another important patch on their uniforms, but it's fun, interactive and it teaches youth how to perform the Heimlich Maneuver so they can confidently step forward and save a life.
“Young people are extremely curious and remember these kinds of training experiences,” states Terri Huntington, Program Manager. “Heimlich Heroes believes in the importance of early exposure, and we believe that anyone can learn how to save a life.”
Our free training kit features a 12-minute instructional video, age-appropriate student materials, certificates of completion, and the Leader packet. Added training items – our specially designed 42-inch training dolls, patches, bookmarks, and more – can be purchased from the Heimlich Heroes store.
Bring the Training to Your Troop
When your members complete the Heimlich Heroes training, they walk away with the knowledge and skill of how to perform a life-saving technique − the Heimlich Maneuver®.
One scout leader said, “Having the doll was key to the training! My girls were nodding along with the video and instructions as if "I've got this." When time came to practice on the doll quite a few of them acted hesitant and weren't sure where to place their hands. I feel that the hands-on practice made a huge difference in their confidence to perform the skill and I feel much more confident that they can do it correctly.”
The Heimlich Heroes patch is a great way for young kids to show off their new knowledge. Kids are able and capable, and we want to equip them to save a life. To date, more than 13,500 Girl Scouts, 7,000 American Heritage Girls, and thousands of Boy Scouts have benefitted from this training.
Your scouting organization can equip kids to save a life and help them earn a Heimlich Heroes patch!
Visit our website to register your troop, unit, or pack, for this unique learn and earn opportunity today!