Lakeway Cub Scouts Pack 442 Partners with Vik Complete Care in Lakeway to Deliver First Aid Training
Local Lakeway Cub Scout Pack 442 receives first aid training from VIK Complete Care volunteers and Republic EMS to build skills that will equip them to assist our community with basic first aid and safety.
Lakeway, September 20, 2021 --
VIK Complete Care, an emergency room and walk-in clinic in Lakeway, Texas volunteered their staff and equipment alongside Republic EMS, a local ambulance and EMT service, to run a basic first aid training for the local pack. The event was held Monday evening at Lakeway Church during Pack 442’s monthly pack meeting.
This volunteer partnership trained over 70 Lakeway Cub Scouts and their families in basic First Aid and Safety techniques. The pack meeting kicked off by welcoming in 29 new scouts, bringing the 2021-22 total pack count to 77 scouts, then proceeded to break out into seven first aid training groups.
Andrea Connell, RN and Community Liaison, from VIK Complete Care addressed the group and explained the skill set that would be covered in each of the stations the scouts would rotate through. This encompassed: building a first aid kit, an introduction and demonstration of CPR, how to help someone who is choking, learning how an AED (defibrillator) works, burn treatment, uses for the triangular bandage and how to stop bleeding.
“We're extremely grateful for the support from Andrea of VIK Complete Care and Mariah of Republic EMS for all of their time, energy and supplies to help the young men of Pack 442 gain an appreciation for the helpfulness that our first responders provide each day to people throughout our community.” Matt Kelly, Pack 442 Cubmaster
The scouts were enthusiastic and attentive, eager to move from station to station. Part of the Scout Law includes, “A scout is helpful” – the theme of the meeting. Those in attendance were taught that first responders perform these skills daily to help others and that one day they can use these lifesaving skills to be ‘helpful’ themselves for their friends, family, and community.
“I learned how to help people if they are choking and how to stop bleeding or to see if their life is in danger. It was fun learning how to pop the ‘shrimp’ out of the pretend belly and save someone from choking.” – Ryder K, age 7
The enthusiasm from this event carried over to the volunteer leaders as well. “I really enjoyed getting to be a part of this event and seeing the energy and excitement that these boys had for learning something new. They had some very astute insights and questions. We are looking forward to helping them earn their American Heart Association CPR and First Aid certification in a few years.”, remarked Andrea.
“CPR and First Aid education is one of the best parts of my job! I’m incredibly grateful that I got to participate in teaching these young boys life-saving skills!” says Mariah Baeza of Republic EMS.
The response from those in attendance was overwhelmingly positive and the pack members and families have expressed sincere gratitude for the assistance received in putting this event on. “The patience and dedication of both Andrea and Mariah to take time out of their Monday evening to teach these young men such valuable life lessons was inspiring. You can tell they truly love what they do and they made a great impression on both the Scouts and their parents.”, says Kelly.
Developing life skills, building friendships, and working together to learn new things is a key part of cub scouting. This event provided a critical and unique opportunity for these young scouts through the partnership with the local community first responders.
About VIK Complete Care in Lakeway
VIK Complete Care Lakeway is an emergency room and walk-in clinic in Lakeway, Texas. The emergency room is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with no appointment needed; Urgent care is available at this location Monday – Saturday 8am-4pm. The facility provides hospital-grade emergency and urgent care to the Lakeway community, prioritizing an affordable, patient-centered, transparent standard of care. Located in The Oaks Center behind Cane’s Chicken, the Lakeway emergency room offers a variety of services to patients, including CT scan, digital Xray, ultrasound and on-site labs
About Republic EMS
Established in early 2008, Republic E.M.S. has become one of the most reliable, fastest growing, and highly sought after private ambulance services in Texas. They are a premier ground ambulance service solely dedicated to catering to the needs of freestanding emergency centers throughout Texas and abroad.
Focusing on integrity and outstanding performance, each of their units are MICU-ready, equipped with state of the art diagnostic tools and highly-trained medics. Republic’s staff is required to go through a rigorous hiring process. With multiple 24-hour units strategically placed throughout Texas, they are able to keep our response times below 30 minutes.
About Cub Scout Pack 442
Cub Scout Pack 442 involves children from the Lakeway, Rough Hollow and Serene Hills Elementary schools. The 2021-22 pack consists of 77 scouts divided across 8 dens that are made up of children the same age. Cub Scouts can have fun, make friends and experience new things, while gaining a sense of personal achievement from the new skills learned. Through leadership, pack meetings, den meetings and outings, Pack 442 helps scouts make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Law.
The Aims of Scouting are:
Building Character, Citizenship, Personal Fitness, and Leadership
The Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.
The Scout Law
A Scout is:
For press inquiries:
VIK Complete Care
Andrea Connell, RN and Community Liaison
Cub Scout Pack 442
Pack 442 Cubmaster
Pack 442 Committee Chair
Websites for more information about Scouting:
lakewaycubscouts.org - Lakeway Cub Scout Pack 442
beascout.org - Find a Cub Scout Pack near you!
bsacac.org - Capitol Area Council - Boy Scouts of America of Greater Austin Area Serving 15 Central Texas counties: Bastrop, Blanco, Burnet, Caldwell, DeWitt, Fayette, Gillespie, Gonzales, Hays, Lavaca, Lee, Llano, Mason, Travis, and Williamson.