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Crew-911 at the GHAC Lifeguard Competation

American Red Cross -- Lifeguard Competation 2007

ER/LG Class or 2006... Graduation Picture

Emergency Response -- Lifeguarding Graduating Class of 2006


Hurricane Rita is gone but not forgotten!

It is nothing short of amazing what our Scouting community accomplished September 22 through September 25, 2005 as we, along with our friends and neighbors assisted the many people displaced by hurricane Rita. As most of you know, Crew-911 along with the unfailing resourcefulness of BSA Troop 777... as well as help from many other area troops and our OA Brothers supported the American Red Cross shelter operations at McCullough Junior High School. Their were many other shelters and Scouts were their too. I know first hand what went on at McCullough though and it was awesome!

Download the BSA Crew-911 article in Scouting Magazine Jan-Feb 2006 Their were so many acts of generosity and kindness we can not begin to acknowledge them all. Many of the smallest acts unselfishly performed by our Scouts are going to have a lasting impact on those who were helped. None of these acts made the local news... BUT all probably should have!...

The shelter at McCullough was successfully by any measure... Shelter operations require dedicated volunteers and coordinated community resources for sure... and their is indeed a plan! In order for our volunteers to help most effectively, they need to understand how a shelter works though... they need to know the plan and how they best fit into it. Just like the time to learn CPR/FA skills or how operate AEDs is well before you need to use them, training in Disaster Services should be complicated BEFORE the community need comes on us unexpectedly. Our area Scouts are indeed trained!... They have not necessarily completed the Shelter Operations Orientation program but junior leader training and a working knowledge of the Patrol Method prepares both the Scouts and leaders to quickly and efficiently handle many tasks necessary to run a successful shelter. No other group of youth or adults could have risen as quickly to the challenge as our Scouts and Scouters....

Now that the immediate need has passed, I do suggest the we all plan to be better prepared for the next time we will need to respond. Here is what I suggest for our area Scouting units...

American Red Cross Disaster Relief A -- Plan to continue to support and assist The American Red Cross with their fund raising efforts... especially suggesting that donations be targeted to our local chapter in additional to donations made specifically for hurricane Rita and Katrina relief. National fund raising organizations do have their place BUT donations made directly to the organizations you which to support are always the best...

Download the BSA Crew-911 article in NESA Eagletter Spring 2006 Magazine B -- Plan to update your Unit Emergency Action Plan... or create one if you do not have one presently...

C -- Plan to schedule or to attend an American Red Cross "Shelter Operations Introduction" program.... The material presented is appropriate for both youth as well as adult members... Members of your chartering organization are also an appropriate audience for this program too which will give everyone a better understanding of "the big picture" of how a shelter actually operates...and how you can best help out. This program is free and can be presented in about 2 hours... It is extremely informative and fun when properly presented.

D -- Plan to get your FA/CPR training current... both your youth and adult members... See our training schedule at BSA Camp Strake for available dates... Classes are also held at the main ARC Chapter at Hwy-59/Kirby and at the Northern Branch Office in Conroe.

E -- Plan to have your older, Venturing age Scouts participate as a patrol in a Wilderness First Aid Basics program... This program prepares you and your boys to work as a team to handle an emergency when professional care will be delayed. This is a fun program... See our training schedule at BSA Camp Strake for available WFAB training dates.

F -- Plan to encourage your mature junior leaders, fifteen and older to complete The American Red Cross Emergency Response/Lifeguarding program... Our Class of 2007 begins on Sunday, January 7 and will run into late March as usual... This is First Responder training...

To every Scout and Scouter that helped us through this community emergency... Thank you... You are all heroes in my eyes....

Jay Walker
Advisor, BSA Crew-911
The Woodlands -- Conroe, Texas



BSA Crew-911 Video....

BSA Crew-911 Promotional Video

BSA Crew-911 Member Brent put together this special video promoting our crew. This is a fairly large download and is recommend only for those with a high-speed connection. We had to compress this clip to use on the site so the quality is not as good as the original. Great job Brent! Show this off to your friends.... Enjoy!

You might want to right-click on this and download it... please keep the times you stream it from our web site to a minimum! We do have cd copies of the original, higher quality version available too if you need it to promote the crew. We need more 14-15 year old members! BAT-Instructor and Emergency Response/Lifeguarding is coming up too so we have an excuse to recruit!

Congratulations Whitney!....

Whitney - GSD 2005 Scout of the Year

Whitney - GHAC Cesar Trevino Distinguished Service Award

BSA Crew-911 Member
Whitney
received the George Strake District "Scout of the Year" honor.... She was also selected as the Northern Branch Office Volunteer of the Year. Whitney received the Cesar Trevino "Distinguished Service Award"... this is the highest recognition our ARC Chapter can present a volunteer.... Whitney is the youngest, by far, to receive this award... Her name is now on a plaque displayed at the Chapter along with a very few of the most notable and outstanding Houston area volunteers.... Congratulations to Whitney.... what an awesome honor for our very special teenager....

Congratulations Vishar!....

Vishar - GHAC Woodrow Wilson Award Receiptiant 2004

BSA Crew-911 Member Vishar can now add the prestigious American Red Cross Woodrow Wilson Award to his very long list of accomplishments! Vishar is the first youth volunteer to receive this recognition in The Greater Houston Area Chapter. Candidates for The Woodrow Wilson Award are reviewed and only a very small number are approved by the National organization. The first level of this award is then presented by the Chapter. The award is presented for exemplary volunteer service to youth volunteers under twenty-one years old. At seventeen, Vishar is among the youngest in the country to receive this award.

Vishar is an Eagle Scout and has received his Bronze Award in Venturing. Vishar is a Vigil Honor member of the Order of the Arrow and an American Red Cross an Emergency Response and Wilderness First Aid Basics instructor as well as a trained First Responder. He was recently named as a National Merit Semi-finalist.


Congratulations Kimmy!....

Kimmy - GHAC-NBO Volunteer of the Year 2004

Northern Branch Office youth member Kimmy our first and only NBO Scout Training Team/BSA Crew-911 mascott was selected as the American Red Cross, Northern Branch Office VOLUNTEER of the YEAR for 2004! Kimmy is the youngest volunteer to receive this award presented annually by the Greater Houston Area Chapter. The GHAC is among largest American Red Cross Chapters in the country and the Northern Branch Office, headquartered in Conroe is the supporting office for The NBO Scout Training Team. This office operates the largest BAT Basic Aid Training program in the country. Kimmy helps the Training Team and The American Red Cross train over 1,500 Scouts and leaders each year. She assists with the BAT program and is the perfect victim for our Emergency Response and Wilderness First Aid Basics scenarios.


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The Northern Branch Office Scout Training Team provides American Red Cross
Health and Safety training courses for Sam Houston Area Council Scouts & Scouters


The NBO Scout Training Team is the Chartering Partner for BSA Crew-911