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NPEMA-SSO - Medical Services

NPEMA-SSO is a registered not-for-profit organization run by a group of dedicated volunteers with a strong belief that hands-on medical training and experience is critical in the development of a strong foundation for youth who are interested in joining the medical field post-secondary. 

 

Our Mission:

To support our community's health & wellness through emergency preparedness, hands-on training, and education.   

Meeting Our Mission:

NPEMA meets our mission statement through:

- Providing accessible health education and emergency preparedness;

- Providing emergency medical response services at community and special events;

- Supporting youth and young adults who wish to pursue professions in the medical field by offering training, class preparation and hands-on education in the field.

Supporting Our Community:

To aid our organization in meeting our mission, NPEMA shall support our community through the following means:

 Provide first aid/specialty training to members of the community. These programs range from water rescue to first aid, up to and including emergency medical responder levels.
 

Supporting NPEMA MedVents & Rovers, a Scouts Canada Vocational youth program financially, (through equipment provision, funding training, uniforms, etc.) to enable their program to better support their community. See below for a brief on just what MedVents/MedRovers are, and what NPEMA the group does.
 

Attend special events or community gatherings and providing onsite education, health promotion, or first aid response in the event of an emergency.

Medical Services:

For more information on the various Event Medical Solutions offered by our trained volunteers, please see our Medical Solutions page here: 

HOW DID NPEMA START?

NPEMA-SSO was created by three Scouters who volunteer with NPEMA Medical Venturers & Rovers in fall 2020 with the goal of creating a sponsor for the MedVent group they serve. With the COVID-19 pandemic in full swing, donations, community events and other supporting programs for the MedVent groups became hard to come by, if not impossible to find. The three decided that through making a not-for-profit program, specializing in volunteer medical response, they could not only support their community but the youth members of the community as well, fostering the next generation of medical responders and health professionals.

NPEMA-SSO is a sponsor to the NPEMA Medical Venturers and Rovers, providing them with both opportunities to further hone their medical response training/skills through offers of service in the community as well as to financially support the program to ensure that members had access to adequate medical equipment, PPE, training supplies and supervised medical experiences.

About NPEMA MedVents

While your adventure is just beginning, our story is already well underway

NPEMA Medical Venturers (MedVents - ages 13-18) & Medical Rovers (MedRovers - ages 18-26) is a vocational program for youth & young adults. The MedVent program was initially founded in 2006 was brought into the Scouts Canada program to allow for internal members of the program to provide First Aid and Medical Services at large scale camps and jamborees, where traditionally paid responders were brought in.

 

All members of our programs are trained to the minimum of the First Responder level, including Basic Life Support (BLS). Under the careful eye/guidance of our Medical Advisors and Scouters, study and learn various levels of medical response and are able to practice these skills at Offers of Service events in scouting and at community events across the province.

 

Our program was founded in 2016, and originally consisted of around 6 youth and 3 Scouters; however, since then the program has only grown. Today NPEMA boasts over 30 members, between our two age groups: MedVents and MedRovers with several medical professionals leading our medical training and programming. 

HOW DID MEDVENTS START?

Scouts Canada is a part of the World Scouting Movement, a broad-sweeping organization that provides outdoor programming, leadership, and safe adventure to youth ages 5-25. Dedicated Scouters are adult members 18+ who volunteer with the organization to ensure the safety of members and provide high-quality programming to Scoutings members.

 

The safety and health of participants have always been of paramount importance to the movement.

Historically, First Aid services within Scouting were always provided by outside agencies. However, as a result of changes made to the Scouts Canada adult screening requirements, child youth safety strategies and other changes to the program, it became more difficult to recruit or assemble volunteer first aid teams to provide this coverage.

In 1997 a newly established program from within BC called “Medical Venturers” (more commonly referred to as "MedVents”) provided the first aid and medical services at the Scouts Jamboree in Kananaskis – which welcomed approximately 14,000 scouts.

 

Following the creation of the program, and its success in providing medical services at the camp, the program spread to Ontario with the establishment of the Toronto MedVents.

 

From here the program quickly continued to develop into a new movement within scouting and now is recognized as an official subset of the Venturer program as a vocational program dedicated to teaching youth about first aid, medical response and emergency services. 

What Are MedVents?

Scouts Canada is an international organization that provides outdoor programming to youth ages five to twenty-five and Scouter roles to dedicated volunteers of all ages.

 

The safety and health of participants have always been of paramount importance to the movement.

Historically, First Aid services within Scouting was always provided by outside agencies. However, as a result of changes made to the Scouts Canada adult screening requirements, child youth safety strategies and other changes to the program, it became more difficult to recruit or assemble volunteer first aid teams to provide this coverage.

In 1997 a newly established program from within BC called “Medical Venturers” (more commonly referred to as "MedVents”) provided the first aid and medical services at the Scouts Jamboree in Kananaskis – which welcomed approximately 14,000 scouts.

 

Following the creation of the program, and its success in providing medical services at the camp, the program spread to Ontario with the establishment of the Toronto MedVents.

 

From here the program quickly continued to develop into a new movement within scouting and now is recognized as an official subset of the Venturer program as a vocational program dedicated to teaching youth about first aid, medical response and emergency services. 

OUR ADVENTURES

Throughout the year, our youth plan, program, attend and review many different adventures - following the Canadian Path's Plan, Do Review model. Everything is youth-led and oriented, with our Scouters providing oversight and being a resource for the planning team. 

 

Our adventures range from hikes, camps, skiing/snowboarding, all the way up to large-scale events, such as attending the Canadian Jamboree, etc. 

Additionally, our youth annually attend the Yellow Briar Area's week-long camp up at Haliburton Scout Reserve - an adventure-packed week with youth from many of the different groups who fall into the Yellow Briar family.

We love exploring the outdoors and see everything that nature has to offer!

NPEMA MedVents at Halburton Scout Reserve in 2019
NPEMA MedVents at Halburton Scout Reserve in 2019

FUNDRAISING & SPONSORSHIP

NPEMA MedVents' medical team at the 2018 "The Beav" trail race.

NPEMA MedVents & Rovers do not charge for any of our services. Our youth and Medical Advisors attend events and our offers of service as volunteers.

NPEMA-SSO does not charge for any of our services, although we do accept donations to support our MedVents program & offset costs of training,  supplies used at events and contribute to purchases of medical response equipment to aid us in providing the best possible program to our youth!

 

As such, our program can only operate with the help of sponsor NPEMA-SSO, Community Partners, and through countless fundraising activities completed by our youth. We'd also like to thank Donors such as Ergodyne, MERET and Happy Trails Racing!

CONTACT US

Still want to know more? Have a burning question? Feel free to contact us! Or Email Directly: npextremeadventure@gmail.com

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NPEMA MedVent Benjamin holding a CPR manakin at skils camp 2017