Category Archives: Training

Stayin’ Alive, June 18

fire starterSurvival situations are most common in the wilderness, but can also occur in the urban or rural environments. This program will help you understand the seven basic survival needs. Learn essential skills including fire starting, knot tying and more through hands on practice. The program will conclude with a survival scenario challenge.

Tuesday, June 18, 6:00 8:30 p.m.
Registration required (adults; ages 15+ are welcome to attend with an adult participant)

Anita B. Gorman Discovery Center
4750 Troost Ave., Kansas City, MO

For more information and to register, visit the Discovery Center website.

This course would be useful to Patriots who have not had much experience with Outdoor Skills yet, but it would be a great training opportunity for new leaders, as well.

Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Course and Field Guides

The Red Cross Wilderness and Remote First Aid Course is designed for scouts and scout leaders, outdoor enthusiasts and anyone who works or spends time in remote environments, this course teaches advanced skills to be used in emergencies when help from professional first responders may be far away. Based on the Boy Scouts of America Wilderness First Aid Curriculum and Doctrine Guidelines, this course aligns with OSHA’s Best Practices for Workplace First Aid Training Programs.

Prerequisites: Must be at least 14 years old and hold current adult CPR/AED certification.
2 year certification

Course length: 16 hours
Topics include:

  • Primary and Secondary Assessments
  • Heat-Related Emergencies
  • Hypothermia
  • Altitude-Related Illnesses
  • Allergies and Anaphylaxis
  • Burns
  • Bone and Joint Injuries
  • Wounds and Wound Infection

Course listings may be found online; if a course is not available near you, course materials  may be purchased in print versions or downloaded for free.

First aid skills form requirements for Boating Safety, Camping, Emergency Prepardness, Fire Safety and Fire Building, Hiking, Outdoor Skills, and Swimming badges. In addition, this is sure to be a useful course for adult volunteers as well.

Discover Nature: Women’s Spring Fling, April 26-28

Ladies! Join us for a girl’s weekend out at the beautiful Lake Doniphan Conference and Retreat Center in Excelsior Springs, MO. April 26-28 and learn a few new Outdoor Skills to boot! This event is geared toward women. Young ladies ages 14 and up may register with an adult mentor. Skills include canoeing/kayaking, archery, animal sign, outdoor cooking, fishing, camping/backpacking, orienteering with map and compass and GPS units, wild edible plants and so much more!

Courses are all rated for activity level (leisurely, moderate, strenuous) and you have a variety of sleeping arrangement options available, to make this course suitable for both beginners and advanced woods-women alike.

The program is free. Lodging and meals are provided for a low per person cost.

To get more information on this Spring Fling for Women check out the link below.

Does Nature Make You Smarter?

For a neuroscience lab, it sure is cold. Maybe 20℉ or so, judging by the sting on my exposed cheeks. Indeed, an observer would be hard-pressed to see any traditional research going on here. There’s not a single white coat, MRI, or PET scanner to be found. I don’t have a sensor stuck to my scalp. Instead, I’m snuggled in a sleeping bag, surrounded by sagebrush and willow deep within a red-rock maze of hulking sandstone cliffs. But science will be done. It’s my fourth morning in the wild, and I’m supposed to take a cognitive test that’s part of a groundbreaking research project. And I will, as soon as my fingers thaw enough to grip a pen.

The sunrise colors the Ancient Puebloan ruin to the east, and I hunker down in my bag, waiting for the rays to reach my tent. When they do, I unzip the door so I can see the warming sky and unfold the test. Behind me, assorted rustlings and yawns tell me that my five campmates are doing the same thing. The six of us represent the very first step in a cognitive pilot study aimed at exploring a question every reader of this magazine will find intriguing: Does backpacking make you smarter?

The researchers who designed this experiment hypothesize that exposure to nature causes significant, measurable changes to the brain. These changes let you think more clearly, focus more acutely, and perform to your maximum cognitive ability. In short: Wilderness makes you smarter. And the longer you’re out there (up to a point), the smarter you’ll get. Recent studies have already linked wilderness exposure with stress reduction and overall happiness. I can’t help but ponder the ramifications of all this as I consider the first question on my Remote Associates Test. This canyon in southern Utah may not look like an academic setting, but the neuroscientists behind this study could prove that trail time actually makes the brain perform better. Compelling evidence would make hiking a lock for the good-for-you activity hall of fame, to be sure, but that’s not all. Imagine a world in which backpacking becomes the science-recommended way to prepare for the SATs, chess tournaments, and all of life’s biggest mental challenges.

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Heartsaver First Aid — The Hub Community Center, March 12

This class prepares you to give first aid to ill and injured patients. Certification is provided after the students demonstrate the skills learned in the class.
Fees: $10*

1 Week Class
Tuesday, March 12
6:00 – 9:00pm

Offered by Vineyard Church of Overland Park

Age Requirement: 14 and older

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Find more information about this or other community classes here.