Scouts Canada and Hydro One are teaming up to help Ontario youths through Head Safe, a free hands-on program aimed at educating families about head injuries. Workshops will be led by Scouts Canada.
The Ottawa seminar will take place on Saturday October 19, from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scouts Canada National Office located on 1345 Baseline Road.
The event is free and open to to Scouting youth between the ages of five and 26 and their parents. Additional workshops will also take place in areas that include Peterborough, Thunder Bay, Winsor and Woodstock, until October 26.
Concussions make up more than one in five injuries treated by a doctor or nurse among Ontario students. However, one in two Canadians have little or no knowledge about concussions, and only 15 per cent of people can currently identify the best treatment for a head injury.
"Fostering safety leadership among youth has always been an integral part of Scouting," said Andrew Price, Executive Commissioner and CEO of Scouts Canada. "Through our Head Safe program developed in partnership with Hydro One, we will be able to empower young Ontarians and their families to take charge of their safety, proactively assess risks and respond accordingly to potential head injuries."
Free to attend with registration, the Head Safe community events will combine a variety of interactive, educational and hands-on and games designed for youth ages five to 26 and their parents. Activities include a concussion simulation obstacle course, role playing real-life scenarios and head injury first aid awareness.
Participants will also learn about important safety measures to prevent head injuries, recognize the early symptoms of a concussion, provide treatment, and the six steps of when it is safe to return to play, with appropriate medical clearance.