Camporee Program on Emergency Response
- Our last Camporee (Yolo District, Northern California) was based on
a Katrina style Emergency Response, not preparedness. The scenario
was a Scout patrol was on an outing, the nearby levee was breached
(it is within 1 mile of our Scout park), a barn fell on a worker,
gas main broke with a resulting fire, water pump was out and an
invalid was on life support from a generator. Local responders are
overloaded and the Scouts receive a radio call as the nearest
The patrols were issued a fire extinguisher, brought an FRS radio
and were dispatched by radio from our local ham club. (We also had
special event station W6Y). The fire department setup a propane fire
tray for training, the Red Cross had realistic victims, the police
department had two running generators, sandbags and 2 yards of sand,
and Scouters setup supplies to build water filers (sand, charcoal, 2
litre soda bottles).
So the Scouts put out a live fire, gave realistic, basic first aid
for breathing, bleeding and shock, made 24 sandbags placed around
running generators and filtered a quart of gritty, dirty water then
boiled it. Very successful.
I can email our plan which is 100 kbyte Word document. -or- I can
mail a CD with the entire program, artwork, plan, handouts,
scenario. It runs 175 mbyte, too large to post. Email if you'd like
either copy with your email or postal address.
K6INB, Yolo District Chairman