On Your Own: Have a B.L.A.S.T. (Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training)

blastBLAST (Babysitter Lessons and Safety Training) is a 4-hour class associated with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the Emergency Care & Safety Institute (ECSI). It is a highly interactive and energetic course with many necessary sitter skills and role play scenarios that covers CPR, choking, and first aid, but its focus is on sitter basics, injury prevention, safety, kid activities, and getting the job.

Unlike other boring and lecture-based babysitter courses, BLAST has 14 engaging activities, and is equipment and supply intensive. They bring items for every kid so there’s no downtime; participants are always moving from chairs to tables, to floor, to role play scenarios, and more with short breaks every 55-65 min for food, drink, bathroom, and stretch. Kids always comment on how fast the time went by and how much fun they had. The normal response from the kids is “I thought this was going to be a boring course, but it was great fun and I learned a lot.”

An average of 1500 kids are trained in BLAST each year, including large camp groups for the Girl Scouts teen division. Completing a BLAST course can help fulfill all or most requirements for some Girl Scout badges.

Girls and boys, ages 11-15, are welcome to attend. Participants should arrive at 12:45PM and bring a snack. Note: The class may or may not be divided into 2 meetings on two separate days.

To sign up click HERE or contact Sis. Andini at ya4wl [at] yahoo [dot] com.

What: BLAST (Babysitters Lessons and Safety Training)
Who: Ages 11 – 15
When: August 25, 2014, 1 – 5PM
Where: Dar Al-Taqwa Islamic Center
10740 Maryland 108, Ellicott City, MD 21042
Cost: $72/person (due July 25)

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