During the 10-day Boy Scouts National Jamboree, 50,000 scouts will have the opportunity to learn more about asthma and allergies in a fun interactive environment.
The jamboree is being held for the first time at the Summit Bechtel Family Reserve in Fayette County, July 15-24.
The University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy is hosting one of many tents at the summit. It's goal is to introduce the young people to the profession of pharmacy and excite them about a career in pharmacy and the health sciences. The school held a demonstration on Monday, July 8, in Charleston.
There will be four different stations in the tent where the scouts will learn about the medical conditions. They will include a simulation mannequin that looks and acts much like a human, will present the signs and symptoms of a patient experiencing an asthma attack or an allergic reaction. "I think its important for students and especially this age group, who probably have friends or family members that maybe have asthma or have allergies," said Kristy Lucas, a professor at the University of Charleston's School of Pharmacy. "We have a lot of kids that have peanut allergies, or maybe bee sting type of allergies that this could be helpful. It could be a matter of life or death for them."
The exhibits also include interactive games, which demonstrate how allergies and asthma affect the body and a game show where the scouts will compete by answering questions about asthma and allergies.
Scouts will also be able to take part in a mucous compounding station which will allow the scouts to "make" mucous, a component of asthma.