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GSA ADULT LEADERS UNDERGO TRAINING IN MAP READING AND FIRST AID TRAINING AT THE GHANA MILITARY ACADEMY, TESHIE-ACCRA.
The Ghana Scout Association as a youth movement with a structured training programme is committed to ensuring that among other priority areas, every scout must understand and be able to apply the principles of map reading and first aid. In this regard, the Ghana Scout Association sought the expertise of the Ghana Armed Forces to train Adult Scout Leaders on Map Reading and First Aid Training. This trainer of trainers residential course was held at the Ghana Military Academy for 24 Adult Leaders from the National Headquarters, Greater Accra Region, Eastern Region, Brong Ahafo Region, Ashanti Region and the Northern Region from the 9th – 20th December, 2013.
Participants were taken through topics in Introduction to Map Reading, Maps, Scale and Distances, Contours and Reliefs, Grid System, Compasses, Bearing, Magnetic Variations, Map Settings and Position Finding.
As part of the practical sessions, scouts were taken to Amahria, located on the outskirts of Accra to identify features on the ground. Participants were supervised and assessed in patrols each with a leader.
This aspect of the training helped participants to experience how the features looks like on the ground as compared to that of the map.
The course in first aid was very practical, participants were taken through Introduction to First Aid, Personal and Field Hygiene, Dealing with Unconscious Casualty and Clearing an Obstructed Airway, Exhale Air Resuscitation, Haemorrhage, Bleeding, Wounds, Treatment of Snake and Dog Bites, Burns and Scalds, Fractures, Improvised Splints and Bandages, Used and Carriage of Stretcher and Composition of a First Aid Box and its uses. These topics were supervised by a health professional from the 37 military hospital to broaden participants knowledge of the course and how to act when cases happen in real life situations. Participants were again assessed in patrols as they worked as a team to simulate real life scenarios.