Camden-Rockport Girl Scout Troop 1341 recently visited Pen Bay Medical Center to secure their Safety Award Pin and First Aid Patch. The group of 10- and 11-year-olds from the Midcoast were fulfilling the final requirements during their visit.

Girls have the opportunity to earn the Saftey Award and First Aid Patch at every level in Girl Scouts (Daisy, Brownie, Junior, Cadette, Senior and Ambassador), although the requirements become more challenging over time. These were the last awards earned this year before the girls bridged from Juniors to Cadettes. Completing these requirements helps develop skills and build confidence in dealing with and preventing emergencies.

During the visit, the girls earned the last requirements for the Safety Award, finding out about the most common injuries for kids their age. They also finished the Junior First Aid Patch, which included touring an emergency room or hospital, asking doctors/nurses how they help people injured in an emergency and finding out what they can do to help in an emergency.

The troop had a question-and-answer session with Kathleen Hastings, nurse manager of the birth center, Kim Spectre, regional director of the emergency department at PBMC and Waldo County General Hospital, and Denise Needham, regional director of pharmacy at PBMC and WCGH. After the discussion, they were led on a guided tour of the hospital.