I witnessed an auto accident last week. Guy pulled out from a stop sign and t-boned a car right in front of me. Scarred the heck out of me.
My Scout sense did kick right in. I stopped safely, checked the scene, then called 911. Fortunately nobody was hurt seriously, just banged up. Both cars were totaled.
I was thankful then that years of Scout training didn’t fail me then. But there are some things we can’t always be prepared for. My friend was in the car in front of me that was wrecked–I wasn’t a cool, collected first responder; I was mad as hell and fighting not to make a bad situation worse. Then when I calmed down, I really wondered how well prepared I would have been to provide first aid if someone had been bleeding. When was the last time I checked my first aid kit in the truck?
As Scouts we strive to do our best, but there’s just some things you’re never sure how well prepared you will be.