Disaster Training helps Scouts earn merit badge

Nathaniel Eigsti represented the Wolf Den from the Holy Family Cub Scouts in West Roxbury as he delivered an oversized thank you card to Massachusetts Divisional Emergency Disaster Services Director Chris Farrand.

EDS_Scout_Training_TYLast week, Farrand provided a presentation to Den 1 on how to plan for a disaster, including a house fire. Farrand also shared about some of the emergency services provided by The Salvation Army including feeding, sheltering, clothes, and winter outreach programs that help families in need of warm jackets.EDS_Scout_Training_Card

Nathaniel said the training was “really cool and fun.” When asked about his favorite part, he was definitive. “Getting to tour The Salvation Army truck was great!”

The whole Pack was able to take a tour of a mobile feeding unit, known as a canteen, which volunteer teams bring to disasters both manmade and natural. Each scout was given a a bag of chocolate chip cookies as an example of what the Emergency Disaster Service teams provide to first responders or survivors after a crisis.

Farrand was impressed with the attention that the young scouts paid to the presentation. “They asked all kinds of questions, really good ones.”

The information helped meet requirements for the Wolf Scouts towards their next merit badge. Cub Scout leader, Brian O’ Malley, said “The training was terrific. We are very grateful to have the chlildren both learn more about disaster preparedness as well as what The Salvation Army provides.”

EDS_Scout_Training_CanteenDrawingThe card included some drawings of the canteen as rendered by the scouts.

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