The Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America recently held their annual First Aid Rally at West Seneca West Middle School and I couldn't help thinking that one of these young people could one day save my life.  Scout troops from across Erie County and western Niagara County compete each year in a series of scenarios in which they're judged on how their group handles an emergency situation and I have to say I was very impressed.

From the youngest scouts; the Cub Scout Webelos, thru the novice, junior, senior and Explorer divisions every group showed professionalism, patience, calm and most importantly - teamwork.

Each group is comprised of six members.  One is the designated patient and one is the team captain.  The captain takes notes as each of five scenarios are read to them.  Then the team has 10 minutes to treat the patient while being judged by a volunteer first responder.  Awards are presented to the top three teams in each division.

If you ever wonder what these kids are doing on weekends, it's productive projects like this.  These are the best of America's future.

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