Identifying Hypothermia

If you’ve been unable to prevent hypothermia, there are some telltale signs for identifying hypothermia.  Usually if a member of your group is complaining that they’re cold, be sure to check their temperature.  If their temperature is below 96° Some of the signs to look for are:

  • Confusion or sleepiness.
  • Slowed, slurred speech, or shallow breathing.
  • Weak pulse; low blood pressure.
  • A change in behavior during cold weather or a change in the way a person looks.
  • Excess shivering or no shivering; stiffness in the arms or legs.
  • Poor control over body movements or slow reactions.

For more, read Basic Water Rescue, a booklet published by the American Red Cross.

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Craft Stick Picture Frame

Craft Stick Picture Frames are great introductory craft project for Daisy scouts, and can be completed in a 30 minute meeting.  It can be messy, so make sure the girls have old t-shirts that are okay to get paint on or smocks.  These are terrific crafts to do around Mother’s Day and Father’s Day to frame cute pictures of the girls to give to Mom or Dad!  You can also use a permanent marker to write messages on the craft sticks, like names or holiday messages.

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Materials NeededMaterials Needed:


  1. Paint the pre-made wooden frame and craft sticks the same color of choice; let dry.
  2. Glue craft sticks to frame, two on each side.
  3. Choose the picture to insert.  Use framing backing as template to draw around picture and then cut out.
  4. Place picture in frame.

Safety TipsSafety Tips!

  1. Be sure to use non-toxic paint.  The paints linked above are washable and non-toxic for children.
  2. Check the wooden frames and make sure that they’re sanded and splinters are minimized.
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Preventing Hypothermia

Hypothermia doesn’t just happen in the winter or in cold water.  Hypothermia can occur in water that’s 70 degrees, so you need to be aware of hypothermia even when enjoying spring and summer water activities.  Know how to protect your troop from hypothermia by:

  • Always wearing a U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacket while boating on cold water.  A life jacket not only provides flotation, but it also helps the person wearing it to conserve body heat.
  • Wearing layers of insulated clothes that keep you warm even while wet, such as clothing made from wool or containing polypropylene or capilene.
  • Wearing a wet suit or dry suit during aquatic activities.
  • Wearing a hat.  Body heat is quickly lost through the head.

For more, read Basic Water Rescue, a booklet published by the American Red Cross.

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