Livonia – Every four years, boy and girl scouts from more than 20 countries travel to Michigan for two weeks of international friendship, fellowship and fun during the Michigan International Camporee that takes place July 24 through July 31. Scouts spend one week with a local host family exploring southeast Michigan before heading to camp at Northwood’s Scout Reservation near West Branch, Mich. In addition to partnering with Hart EMS to provide on-site medical and health care services for the camp, St. Mary Mercy Livonia hosted a tour for scouts from Jamaica and Ghana who were staying with local families in Livonia, Westland and Garden City.
“This is my first time to the United States and the first time many of our scouts have been out of Ghana,” said George Mawulolo a Scout Leader from Ghana who was accompanying his daughter, Princess. “Everything in the hospital is so new and very different from hospitals in Ghana. There are computers and monitors everywhere – in Ghana, there’s only one monitor or computer in many places.”
During the hospital tour, Jamaican and Ghanaian scouts visited unoccupied areas of St. Mary Mercy’s emergency department, operating room and sterile processing department, where surgical equipped is cleaned, sterilized and prepped for surgery. The scouts learned about the importance of a sterile environment and how to properly dress and enter those areas. One of the boys was hooked up to a heart monitor while Michelle McLay, RN, assistant nurse manager, St. Mary Mercy, and Maurice Cox, injury prevention specialist, St. Mary Mercy, explained how the monitor works and what a normal heart rhythm looks like. The group also toured an ambulance and the hospital’s trauma rooms before visiting the operating room.
“It’s very different,” said Godfred Konadlu Taum, another Ghanaian Scout Leader. “The operating rooms are very interesting. They are bigger and there’s more equipment.”
Cox, who is hosting several Jamaican scouts in his home, organized the tour and will serve as the Health Director for the camp next week.
“It was fun to see how excited the boys and girls were during the tour,” Cox said. “You could tell they hadn’t seen anything like this before. They were taking pictures of all the equipment and asking questions.”
St. Mary Mercy has donated first aid supplies to stock the camp’s heath center, including EpiPens®, stretchers and other items, as part of the hospital’s Injury Prevention Education program.
The Michigan International Camporee is open to the general public on Saturday, July 30 for international displays, activities and food. For more information, visit micamporee.org.