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Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby joybaldwin » Fri Apr 24, 2015 1:13 pm

My son is having a hard time meeting requirement 7 for the E-Prep MB. It says:

"Take part in an emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill, with a Scouting unit or a community agency."

He contacted a local fire department and they said he couldn't participate in a drill unless he was over 17. We're not really sure where else to look for a service project. We don't have a lot of support on this badge within our council.

Can anyone out there give ideas or tell me what you did to meet this requirement? Thanks!

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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby jr56 » Mon Apr 27, 2015 2:44 pm

He should talk to his merit badge counselor on ideas for this.
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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby joybaldwin » Tue Apr 28, 2015 11:34 am

He completed most of the requirements for this badge at MBU, but not #7. Our troop has no merit badge counselor for this badge and I am working on that.

In the meantime, if anyone has ideas for a service project that completes req 7, we'd love to hear them. So far I've been told to call the fire department, which I did and was a dead end.

Thanks!
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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby Quailman » Tue Apr 28, 2015 5:01 pm

Troops don't have merit badge counselors. Councils (or districts) do. Merit Badge Counselor is not a unit position. Have your Advancement Chair get a list of MBCs from the Diastrict Advancement Chair.

When you said "I am working on that", did you mean that you are trying to get a leader or parent to register as an e-prep MBC so he could sign off the requirements, or are you contacting local police and fire units to recruit a counselor. The district may already have one.
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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby Reasonable Rascal » Wed Apr 29, 2015 11:54 pm

Our troop did a drill that involved an area search to find a lost 'hiker' (another Scout they'd never met before) out in the desert outside of town. Then they had to apply first aid and safely move him to an area accessible by a vehicle. The boys weren't told but parents were advised ahead of time. We did this on a meeting night but arranged with parents to be ready when we called a half hour before our regular start time to have the Scouts present with water bottles and Essentials bags ASAP.

Prior to this time they'd been taught how to walk a grid search and the general rules for safe hiking in the desert. They had no idea where we were going until we got there, only that we'd been requested to assist the County Sheriff's Dept. S & R team and that we had been assigned an area that could safely be searched on foot while they concentrated their efforts elsewhere (requiring 4-wheelers, 4WDs and horses, a very believable and common scenario around here). They last thing they expected was to find a uniformed Scout (a stranger to them) down an embankment with a 'broken' leg.

All rules of safe conduct were observed and the 'victim' was under observation from a reasonable distance until he was found, treated and transported. This is as good as we could do without being able to get the actual S & R people involved. Local groups may not always be interested so improvisation is the name of the game.

And yes, I am registered as a Counselor for this MB.

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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby Quailman » Thu Apr 30, 2015 6:23 am

That sounds more like an exercise for the Search and Rescue MB. For Emergency Preparation a troop might send word that a fire in an apartment has displaced many families and they must set up their scout hut to take in and house a number of people. They must convert it to living quarters, and have patrols assigned to food, sanitation, security (keeping children safe), and so forth.
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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby Reasonable Rascal » Wed May 06, 2015 3:22 am

This was done back in 2009 so S & R was not yet out. It was what it was, an improved scenario to meet a need.

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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby tonkatim » Sun May 17, 2015 10:10 pm

You might be able to find an Emergency Service project by contacting any of the CERT trainers in your area and seeing if they have a practicum at the end of the FEMA training. Some do and some do not. Your Scout might be able to be a victim for those that are finishing the training. But still be taking part. The FEMA course is about three days long for the intro to CERT. At the very least, they would know of any Emergency Service Projects going on and who to contact. Good Luck.

http://www.fema.gov/community-emergency-response-teams
and then search by zip code.
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Re: Ideas for E-Prep Service Project

Postby BartHumphries » Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:34 am

1. You need a Merit Badge Counselor for this, registered with the Council for your District (you register with the Council but you're registered in a District -- it's like having America citizenship with the country, but as far as taxes go you have to pick a state as your primary residency).

2. Either your unit draws up plans for an "emergency service project, either a real one or a practice drill" or you find a community agency that will do that. Which community agency? The Counselor will give approval for whatever it is that's proposed. The Merit Badge Counselor gives approval for the activity, you take part, the Counselor signs off that you did it, you're done.
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