Parks and Rec’s Ranger Program has been in full swing for two weeks now. The Ranger Program consists of two groups of Kuna participants. Both groups spend the first part of their mornings picking up trash around the Kuna parks. It is a great way for the kids to learn about community service. Both groups greet this activity as well as their morning exercise warm-ups with enthusiasm and hard work. After getting warmed up for the day they are in learning mode. In the past two weeks they have learned about park safety, tree identification, the history of Kuna and first aid.
Our first group of Rangers consists of kids from 3rd to 5th grade. Last week Kuna Fire Department Paramedic Scott Smith, joined the kids to teach them first aid basics. The parks are a fun place to play and it is beneficial to a Ranger to know what to do if they happen to come across someone in need of medical attention from a scraped knee to unconsciousness. The kids listened attentively as Paramedic Smith explained the importance of notifying 911 in an emergency then showed them how to apply pressure to wounds, administer an Epee pen to someone suffering an allergic reaction and keep a broken limb still. All these skills come in handy when kids are out playing, riding bikes, and even just hiking with family. You can never guess when first aid might be needed.
Junior Rangers are kids from the 6th to the 8th grade. Paramedic Smith also joined this group of older kids and using a little different teaching technique connected with an aspiring group of first aid responders. The kids learned not only basic first aid, but also how to respond to a diabetic and a heart attack victim. Earlier in the week the kids learned basic wilderness survival skills and then went through survival scenarios to practice their new skills.
Both groups of Rangers received basic first aid kits in their Ranger Backpacks. These kits are handy for any outdoor excursion. The Rangers all learned a lot and appreciate the time Paramedic Smith put in to help them learn these new skills. Next time you need first aid, it might just be a Kuna Ranger who helps you out.