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Brownies learn first aid during ‘Medical Mania’

Nov 14, 2017
Photo by: Brooks Taylor Girl Scout Brownies from across Southeast Iowa gathered at Iowa Wesleyan on Saturday, Nov. 4, for “Medical Mania.” The Brownies learned first aid safety and built their own first-aid kit.

By Brooks Taylor, Mt. Pleasant News


Calling them “medical maniacs” would be inappropriate. However, 35 second- and third-grade girls now know a whole lot more about first aid following their participation in “Medical Mania” on Saturday, Nov.4.

Girl Scout Brownies from Mt. Pleasant, Fairfield, Burlington and Ft. Madison gathered at Iowa Wesleyan to not only learn about first aid, but have fun doing it.

Rachel McWilliams, a second-grader, said she was having a whole lot of fun. She also took away a deeper knowledge of first aid, such as putting a safety pin in her first-aid kit. “I didn’t think that would go in there,” she said later. Including cotton balls and Q-tips in the kit also caught her off-guard.

She said her most enjoyable task was making her first-aid kit.

The event was sponsored by the Girl Scouts of Eastern Iowa and Western Illinois. Kaitlyn Kelly, girl experience specialist with the Girl Scouts, said she had hoped to have an event in Mt. Pleasant for a long time. The council has 60 to 70 events annually with attendance ranging from a small group to several hundred girls.

Making the event even more successful, Kelly noted, was the partnership with IW. “The student nurses (from IW) did a great job and it was great to partner with Iowa Wesleyan.

Participating girls earned their first aid badge after they passed through the five stations. At the first station, girls learned when to call 911 and made a card with their name and address on it to put on the refrigerator in the event they had to call 911.

Ryan Pilling of the Mt. Pleasant Police Department was the instructor at station two where the Scouts learned who might answer when a call is made to 911 and what might be said. Pilling also gave the girls some safety tips.

One of the favorite stations was the third one where the girls made their own mini first-aid kits.

They were taught basic first aid by members of the IW Student Nurses Association at station four. Some of the instruction included how to treat a bee sting, cuts and abrasions and the proper technique used to wrap an ankle.

The final station focused on outdoor safety. The girls learned what poison ivy and poison oak looks like and what safety supplies to take while hiking.

Annie Comiskey, a second-grader from Mt. Pleasant, said her biggest take-away was necessary items to take on a hike. “They told us to take a flashlight, water, bug spray, sunscreen,” she recalled.

Comiskey, however, said her favorite activity was learning about calling 911 and making the card with her contact information for the refrigerator.

Kelly said through her observations, the girls were enjoying themselves while learning.

“I hope they learned basic first aid, using 911 and how to be safe,” Kelly said. “The girls seemed to be very attentive, and I know they liked making the first-aid kits.”

Although this was the organization’s first event in Mt. Pleasant, Kelly hopes it is not the last. “I want to have more events in Mt. Pleasant in the future.”

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