NPEMA MedVents at a SAR exercise in 2019

About NPEMA MedVents

While your adventure with us is just beginning, this is our story:

NPEMA Medical Venturers (MedVents - ages 14-18) & 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 20 members, between our two age groups: MedVents and MedRovers. 

 

Breakdown of membership by age:

- The MedRovers section currently has 8 members, which are almost exclusively nursing students, with one being a paramedic student.

- The MedVents Sections has over 27 youth presently active in training and on event duties.

- Our Scouter's count is currently at 7 - our 2021-2022 aim is 8.

- The Medical Advisor Team has 4 Nurses and a Physician, with 1 RN student completing schooling this year, and another MD joining our program part-time.

NPEMA By the Numbers:

NPEMA MedVents at a social fun meeting

41

Total Membership Count

Members by Training Level

 14       13*     14       6

 SFA     WFA     FR     EMR

*Dual Certifications between WFA & other levels exist. 

Service Hours this Season

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*Due to COVID-19, event service hours have been placed on hold.

HOW DID MEDVENTS START?

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. 

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!

FUNDRAISING & SPONSORSHIP

As a not-for-profit program, we do not charge for any of our services, our youth and Medical Advisors attend events and our offers of service as volunteers.

 

While we do not charge for any of our services, we do accept donations to our program to help offset costs of training,  supplies used at events and to go towards 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 sponsors, community partners, and many fundraisers 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