Why Children Should Learn Tracking.

First Aid Kits For Kids

First Aid Kits For Kids

A first Aid Kits for Kids are a great way for them to be prepared for simple mishaps with friends. Little cuts and grazes can be treated and cleaned, at times they likely to be in a position they have items that an adult doesn’t necessarily have with them. I encourage my daughter to carry a simple first aid kit and she will ask for simple items, usually plasters and antiseptic wipes to be replaced. This is often after she has helped a friend who has fallen themselves and grazed a knees, which she has then cleaned.

This doesn’t need to be complex. It can be as simple as a few plasters, antiseptic wipes, a few small dressings and a mouth cover to be used for CPR. Even if the child can’t perform CPR they  should carry this item. Sadly if a parent or adults, needs to perform CPR it is likely they won’t have this item. It is good for children to be prepared. First Aid For Kids Is Important.

First Aid For Children

First Aid For Kids, Essential Skills

First Aid For Children

First Aid for children is an important subject for children to learn. It doesn’t matter whether the children are involved with bushcraft, nature, outdoors activities or some other activity, First Aid is essential for all children. I hate to type these words but by other activities I mean a tablet, games console, computer or TV. It is something I am passionate about and believe that all children should be taught it as part of the National Curriculum in schools. Doing this I believe it fulfills one of the necessities of First Aid For Children. That is continuity.

Continuity In Teaching First Aid For Kids.

Having a course that lasts a day, a week  or a month is better than nothing. But teaching and enabling practice regularly throughout school means the child will have the skills become natural an automatic response to a given situation. The child will develop and be able to learn new skills when they have mastered the previous. The following is adapted from a system used by the UK Scouting Association, it is a great framework which progresses and builds on the previous level. The early levels start with the basics of what an emergency is, how to get help, reassurance and ensuring their safety and that of the patient.

As with so many other activities people will use the argument that children are too young. Using a system like this gives the child skills  that not only could save a life but gives them confidence and a great platform for them to develop first aid skills from.

It is also good for children to carry a small,  first aid kit.

First Aid For Children – Early Years First Aid.

Moving from one stage to another is nothing to do with age. It is about the young person being comfortable and able to complete the various levels competently before moving to the next level. This model is based on the system used by the scouting association. However the difference is that rather than educating children on short courses each year the training should be continuous. So that it is a natural progression for a child and is a natural life skill. The ideal place for this to start and run is in the schooling system as part of the National Curricullum. This is not the case and few schools teach first aid especially in Primary school. This is something we need to encourage. First Aid saves lives. Everyone needs these skills.

• The importance of getting help

It is important that children start at an early age to understand the importance of getting help at the earliest opportunity whilst keeping themselves and the casualty safe.

• Understand what the emergency services are and their individual roles

Police – Crime, Public Safety, lost people.

Ambulance – Illness and Sickness.

Fire Rescue – Fire rescue from Cars and Emergency Situations.

• What to say when you call 999.

The process of calling 999 and what information they will have to give to the operator.

• Reassurance of a patient.

How a can reassure a patient. Concealing wounds and conversation. This could be a victim of an accident or an ill person.

• Helping someone who is unconscious.

What to do to help and ensure an unconscious is safe whilst help arrives

• Helping someone who is bleeding

Learning about minor cuts and when to apply pressure and raise a limb. Whilst making a patient as comfortable.

• Reassuring someone at the scene of an emergency.

 

First Aid For Children – stage 2

• Show they are competent at the previous level.

Ability to help a patient who:

• is unconscious.

Knowing how to put a patient in the recovery position, when and why you need to use it.

• Bleeding able to demonstrate how to stop bleeding, clean a wound and apply a dressing.

• How to treat a burn. Using cold water to treat a burn and wht tempory dressings to use.

• How to help someone having an asthma attack.

 

 

First Aid For Children – Level 3

At this level, the training starts to become more complex and will take a minimum of three hours training. The young person will learn and show competency in more situations and apply the relevant first Aid Techniques.

•  Show competency in all the areas in the previous levels.Explain and demonstrate how to deal with a patient in the following situations:

• An unconscious casualty

• An unconscious patient who is not breathing

• Patient with various types of bleeding wounds.

How to stop bleeding and give the necessary treatment.

• A patient who has a burn.

How to assess a burn and provide the necessary First Aid Treatment and Care.

• A patient has Hyperthermia or Hypothermia.

How to recognise the symptoms and give the necessary treatment

• is choking.

How to treat patients of various ages who are choking/ have obstruction in their air way.

• is having an asthma attack.

Learn to recognise the symptoms and communicate with a patient go help them self-medicate or get the necessary help.

 

First Aid For Children – Level 4

At this level, the child will need at least four hours training. However, this is a minimum and the training should be continued until the child is competent.

•  Show competency in all the previous levels.

 Explain and demonstrate how to deal with a patient in the following situations:

• An unconscious casualty

• An unconscious patient who is not breathing

• Patient with various types of bleeding wounds.

• How to stop bleeding and give the necessary treatment.

• A patient who has a burn.

How to assess a burn and provide the necessary First Aid Treatment and Care.

• A patient has Hyperthermia or Hypothermia.

How to recognise the symptoms and give the necessary treatment

• A patient is choking.

How to treat patients of various ages who are choking/ have obstruction in their air way.

• A patient is having an asthma attack.

Learn to recognise the symptoms and communicate with a patient go help them self-medicate or get the necessary help.

• A patient having a heart attack.

Show they know how to recognise the symptoms a person may show who is suffering from a heart attack and how to treat them.

• A patient with a head injury.

How to recognise a patient has a head injury and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A Patient suspected of having a broken bone.

How to recognise a patient has a suspected broken bone and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A Patient has a suspected sprain or strain

How to recognise a patient has a suspected sprain or strain and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient has suspected meningitis.

How to recognise a patient has a suspected menigitis and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

 

First Aid For Children – stage 5

At this level, the child will need at least six hours training. However, this is a minimum and the training should be continued until the child is competent.

 Explain how you help someone who:

• Explain and demonstrate how to deal with a patient in the following situations:

• An unconscious casualty

• An unconscious patient who is not breathing

• Patient with various types of bleeding wounds.

How to stop bleeding and give the necessary treatment.

• A patient who has a burn.

How to assess a burn and provide the necessary First Aid Treatment and Care.

• A patient has heat Hyperthermia or Hypothermia.

How to recognise the symptoms and give the necessary treatment

• A patient is choking.

How to treat patients of various ages who are choking/ have obstruction in their air way.

• A patient is having an asthma attack.

Learn to recognise the symptoms and communicate with a patient go help them self-medicate or get the necessary help.

• A patient having a heart attack.

Show they know how to recognise the symptoms a person may show who is suffering from a heart attack and how to treat them.

• A patient with a head injury.

How to recognise a patient has a head injury and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient suspected of having a broken bone.

How to recognise a patient has a suspected broken bone and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient has a suspected sprain or strain

How to recognise a patient has a suspected sprain or strain and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help.

• A patient has suspected meningitis.

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having menigitis and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

• A patient is suspected of having a stroke

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having a stroke and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

• A patient is experiencing  a diabetic emergency

How to recognise a patient is having a hyperglycemic or hypoglycemic emergency and how to treat it until help arrives.

• A patient is suspected of having a severe allergic reaction

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having a severe allergic reaction and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

• A Patient suspected of having a seizure.

How to recognise a patient is suspected of having a siezure and what treatment to give whilst waiting for help

 

Secret Stuff (Being A Spy)- Bushcraft For Kids Children activities, spy kit

Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff

Secret Stuff (Being A Spy)-Bushcraft For Kids

Children activities, spy kit

 

As a Child I loved the idea of being a spy sneaking about following people, a secret identification, gadgets, adventure and subterfuge. For most people it ends as a they grow up into adulthood. I was lucky (In my opinion) I went into the police and ended up working in a department called Special Ops as an Undercover Police Officer. I used a secret identity, used gadgets and had what you could call have adventures. Here is a children activities, spy kit

You may wonder what this has to do with nature and bushcraft. One of the main over laps is tracking, making sure you aren’t followed and being able to follow other people. I spent a lot of time outdoors and no matter where I was I was aware of nature all around me, at times when I was bored I watched what was going on around me.

Children activities, spy kit

I was asked by a boy in a Beaver Group I am a leader of whether I could teach them anything about being a spy.

Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff, Children activities, spy kit

Bushcraft For Kids Getting Children Outdoors. Secret Stuff learn new skills

So we looked at animals and nature, all the different signs/spoor that animals leave that tell a story. Not just that they were there but also what they were doing, the same can be done with people. But what is most important is that the children are getting outdoors, learning, about people, animals and new skills whilst having adventure. Here is a Children activities, spy kit. Whilst children are doing this they are also releasing their creativity that will help with problem solving skills.

Each element can be completed in isolation, or as one spy workshop with one or more children. Instructions or each element of the Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff (Being A Spy) can be found on the download page or on the pages of the actual download. Once you have made a spy kit you should encourage your children to go outside and play with the Kit.

Along side making this kit it is a  good idea to teach laying a trail and what symbols that can be used to direct someone to a message or to know exactly where you have been. Included is an additional download that will give you a set of symbols children can learn and use with friends. There are a variety of ways to lay the trail using either, stones, sticks, chalk or a combination of all three.

 

CypherWheel- Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff

Build a Cypher Wheel

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff

How to Send Coded Messages To Other People

Making this simple Cypher Wheel enables someone to send secret messages.

  1. Download PDF.
  2. Print out the download.
  3. Cut out the two disks and fasten them together with a pin or split pin through the middle.
ID Card Template – Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff

Credit Card ID Template

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff.

Download the file and follow the instructions and make your secret ID Card that looks like a credit card. To complete the task at home you will also need some clear sticky plastic to cover the card with.

Spy Tail Log Book – Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff

Spy Trail/Tracking Log Book.

Bushcraft for Kids – Secret Stuff

Download and print out this Log book. Then you can keep record of anything that is of importance or relevance to what you are doing as a spy. Whether you are tracking people or animals keeping a record of what you do and see. You can fasten these pages together with staples or piece of string. Alternately keep it in a file.

You don’t need to record everything directly into this log. I would recommend carrying a little notebook and pencil with you all the time. You then can record anything that you want to then put in your Spy Trail Log. You can also record any plants, animals, footprints in this book along with any ideas you have. This means you are less likely to forget things. Using a pencil you can also draw things you want to look up later alternatively you can take a small sample and press it flat until you get an opportunity to look it up in a book or online later.

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Spy-Doku-Bushcraft For Kids Secret Stuff

Spy-Doku

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff.

This is a fun puzzle involving logic and code breaking skills. It isn’t the easiest puzzle, it is something to be completed with the assistance of a parent.

Spy Through A Keyhole

Build A Fisheye Keyhole Vision Tool

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff.

This is a very simple tool that was used in the past prior to the invention of fibre optic technology. However this technology is not available to children. This tool can be used to check for movement in a room and isn’t suitable for identification.

Invisible Ink Bushcraft Secrets

Invisible Ink Bushcraft Secrets

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff

Invisible ink bushcraft secrets, is a great way for children to learn new skills whilst, experiment and learn to improve what they are working on. Download this guide to find out how to make the ink and use it effectively.

How To Make And Use Fingerprint Powder

How To Make And Use Fingerprint Powder

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff

Simple methods how to make dark contrast fingerprint powder. Children love to collect fingerprints using simple methods. Take care though some methods use candles and heating porcelain bowls. Care should be taken and children should be supervised by a responsible adult at all times.

Free additional tracking download.

Track and Trailing The Secret Way

Tracking and Trailing

Bushcraft For Kids – Secret Stuff

Using tracking and Trailing is a way that was initially taught in the UK by Lord Baden Powell. Using these symbols and signs mean you can lead someone to follow your trail, find messages and much more.  It teaches children to use sign in a positive way and learn skills that help children develop skills that enable them to follow and observe animals and nature.

Laying a trail for others to follow enables children to understand what sign/spoor can be left in the open and hidden away. By using sticks, stones and chalk or a combination of any of these shows a child that signs and marks can be left lots of different ways, some seen openly others hidden away. They can lead friends whilst leaving messages and other information for them to find along the way.

As children learn this they are learning about nature and how animals leave signs about where they have been and where they are going as well as what they have done along the way.