Medical Venturer Scouts
Medical Venturers—often called Medvents—are Companies of Venturer Scouts sponsored by local Emergency Medical Services. Medvents receive increasingly advanced medical training over the course of the program. Their training is put to good use providing volunteer First Aid support at Scout camps and charitable events. As with other Venturer Scouts, Medvents are 14 to 17 years of age.
Medical Venturers attend camps both as participants, and as staff.
When attending a camp as staff, they are usually required to be ready to provide first-aid anywhere in the camp with just a few moments notice.
Medical Venturers also attend camps that are geared solely towards training. Groups are typically split up and shuffled. This forces individuals to learn how to work in a team effectively, and increases the level of challenge. Individuals both learn and teach skills that they have acquired while in these groups.
Approximately 250 Medical Venturers and Rovers from various Canadian groups supplied medical assistance to physicians and nurses at CJ'07 Scout Jamboree at Tamaracouta Quebec in August 2007. Coincidently, the medical staff were also registered Scouters and Medical Venturer Advisors.
In addition to providing first aid service to Scouting and public events, many groups are expected to assist their EMS sponsors in providing volunteer assistance when paramedics are involved in charitable events.
Medical Training 3 to 4 Year Program
Medical Venturer Scouts and Medical Rover Scouts is a vocational based Scouting Program.
A standard first aid/CPR/AED certification is sometimes required as a prerequisite to a group.
Program examples include: then complete 24 hours of volunteer medical service before he/she is awarded the basic level epaulets (one bar) and certificate.
An intermediate level may involve successful completion of a wilderness first aid survival weekend course at camp and then completion of an additional 48 hours of medical service. An intermediate certificate and 2 bar epaulets are then issued to the member.
An advanced level member will certify in either Emergency First Responder (EFR), Emergency Medical Responder (EMR) or International Trauma Life Support (ITLS) courses along with two ambulance rideouts to qualify at that level. The member is then asked to accumulate an additional 72 hours of volunteer medical service to complete his/her advanced qualification. The member is then awarded the advanced certificate and the 3 bar epaulets.
Many of the advanced level members continue their education in a university or community college paramedicine (or other medical oriented) curriculum and then seek employment as paramedics, firefighters, police officers or nurses. Some have even set their sights higher and are pursuing a career as a physician.
This program has been extremely successful in producing some of the most self assured and competent Canadian citizens in our communities.