Great Trail Council, in partnership with Western Reserve Hospital, will offer the First Aid Merit badge to over 2,000 youth at the Boy Scouts Summer Camp at Camp Manatoc located in the Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Peninsula.

Supported by Western Reserve Hospital, the First Aid Merit badge is designed to teach Boy Scouts how to manage life-threatening emergencies, protect an ill or injured person from further harm and perform CPR skills. The merit badge will be offered to all youth campers during Camp Manatoc's week-long summer programs hosted throughout June and July. The Boy Scouts Summer Camp programs began June 19.

"First aid and emergency care has always been a major pillar in the Boy Scouts of America," said Wayne A. Nieman, senior district executive: Moecomdws District of the Great Trail Council, Boy Scouts of America. "The First Aid Merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911."

"We are enthusiastic to partner with the Boy Scouts of America, a historical and respected community organization that has worked to instill responsibility and leadership in today's youth," said Dr. Robert Kent, president and CEO of Western Reserve Hospital. "The first aid component will provide the Boy Scouts with the proper training necessary for their safety and the safety of others."

Camp Manatoc is owned and operated by the Great Trail Council, an organization serving Boy Scouts, Cub Scouts, Venturing Crews and Explorer Posts in Summit, Portage, Medina, Mahoning, Trumbull and Northern Wayne counties. The Manatoc Scout Reservation is a 600-acre camp providing facilities and programs for youth and adult members year-around.

Camp Manatoc will offer more than 40 merit badges at the Boy Scouts Summer Camp this year. The purpose of the summer camp is to provide quality program opportunities that allow youth and adults to provide service to others, build self-confidence, have affection for the outdoors, reinforce spiritual values, develop integrity, and acquire leadership skills. Camp Manatoc has proudly served generations of Scouts for over 95 years.