Preparing a splint from a sleeping pad and clothes.

Preparing a splint from a sleeping pad and clothes

Recently returned from their 25-day expedition in the mountains and canyons of Colorado, the REACH 2013 students ended their summer with a four-day Wilderness Advanced First Aid Training. Later this month we’ll post a more detailed story, but here are some of the scenarios students dealt with as part of their training.

Students learned how to splint and immobilize leg and arm injuries, and how to work together to learn these things.

Students learned how to splint and immobilize leg and arm injuries, and how to work together to learn these things.

This young lady found a dizzy, barely responsive individual under a tree. Here, she is testing the feeling in his extremities check for a spinal injury.

This young lady found a dizzy, barely responsive individual under a tree. Here, she is testing the feeling in his extremities to check for a spinal injury.

Instructor Rod Tucknott administers "bee stings" to half the students. Will the other half correctly diagnose and treat their simulated allergic reactions?

Instructor Rod Tucknott administers “bee stings” to half the students. Will the other half correctly diagnose and treat their simulated allergic reactions?

Students found their peers laying beneath trees and had to quickly check vital signs and do a head to toe exam.

Students found their peers laying beneath trees and had to quickly check vital signs and conduct a head to toe exam.

After graduation, students faced a surprise scenario as they rounded a building and found that many of their parents and siblings had suffered sudden injuries! Now was the time to put their new knowledge to use, and they came through with flying colors.

After graduation, students faced a surprise scenario as they rounded a building and found that many of their parents and siblings had suffered sudden injuries! Now was the time to put their new knowledge to use, and they came through with flying colors.

Parents and siblings watched intently as their REACH students applied new skills under pressure. In their first summer with the program, these students are stepping up as leaders and role models in their families and communities.

Parents and siblings watched intently as their REACH students applied new skills under pressure. In their first summer with the program, these students are stepping up as leaders and role models in their families and communities.

 

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REACH is an experiential education program for motivated high school students from California’s Santa Barbara County that prepares them to take control of their future. REACH (which stands for Resilience, Education, Adventure, Community and Health) works to prepare students for lives of purposeful action, continuous learning, and the courageous pursuit of opportunity. READ MORE

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