The Guides recently spent three days in American Red Cross lifeguard training. We worked through cold and wet conditions on the first dayto learn the methods of approaching and moving injured swimmers in the water, and learned the best methods for scanning the water and preventing injuries before they happen. The next day we beat a hasty retreat out of the cold rain and inside to work on basic first aid. With the help of some practice dummies, we were all proficient in using CPR, AEDs, helping a choking victim, and much more by the end of the day. On the final day, we travelled to the Wiscasset indoor swimming pool to practice caring for victims with possible back, neck, or spine injuries, which proved the most challenging part of training. All of us passed the test with flying colors, and the Guides are excited to use their expertise at the waterfront soon!
Sustainability Activity by Rachel Kleinman
This past week in the sustainability activity the campers learned about solar energy. After grasping the basics of how a photovoltaic cell works to harness and create energy the campers started off on their first project, making solar battery chargers. The chargers used a playing card as a base for mounting solar panels. Copper tape, magnets, and wires were used to transfer the energy to the batteries. The second project of the block was making solar powered cars. We used balsa wood for the body of the vehicle, straws, metal and gears for the axle system, and solar panels to power the car. Each camper was able to customize his car by coloring and adding extra details to the body. Over all it was a great block in sustainability!