CAP search and rescue capabilities taught at Boy Scout Jamboree
Beloit, Wis. – Civil Air Patrol’s Major David Deiler, Rock County Flight commander and Lieutenant Colonel Larry Ochowski, Wisconsin Wing chief of staff – special projects, presented CAP’s emergency service capabilities to 160 boy scouts and their 24 chaperones recently at the Boy Scout Jamboree in rural Green County.
Held on a farm near Argyle, Wis., the program centered on the process of how CAP is mobilized during a search and rescue mission.
Deiler and Ochowski also demonstrated the use of the electronic device, an L-Per, used by CAP members during the search process. A few lucky scouts also had the opportunity for hands-on training with the device. One of the scouts remarked “That was the most fun I’ve had all morning.”
Other topics, such as search dog capabilities coupled with a demonstration by a dog handler, map and compass practice, land navigation, first aid and other outdoor activities, were taught throughout the day. Scouts rotated through the activities during the day in smaller groups. CAP’s participation was divided into four, one-half hour segments, allowing more scouts to participate in the hands-on activities.
The goal of the Jamboree was to teach scouts what occurs during a search and rescue mission. By the end of the day-long event, the scouts were able to earn their merit badge.