• What is the purpose of the MedVent program?
    • The program is for youth and young adults who are interested in exploring the career opportunities related to Paramedicine.  The program promotes an understanding of the operations of the Emergency Medical System and the practical skills that Paramedics and First Responders utilize in their daily work.  It is built upon the traditional Scouts Canada program elements such as leadership, citizenship, community service, personal development, and growth.
  • The name MedVent is the concatenation of the words "Medical" and "Venturers", so does that mean it is Venturer Scouts only program?
    • Originally the MedVent program was designed for Venturer Scouts age youths.  When the program was imported into Ontario from British Columbia, the program was expanded in the first year to include Rover Scouts age young adults.  However, the program name was not changed.  In some groups, the Rover Scouts call themselves MedRovers.  In others, the Rover Scouts call themselves MedVents because that is the program they are in.
  • Where is 1st Markham York Region MedVents located and which is the area we service?
    • Our group accepts youths who is interested in the program where ever you live.  Youth tends to join the MedVent group that is closest to their home.  However, some join a group where their friends are, while other join a particular group to match their interest.
    • 1st Markham York Region MedVents is actually located in the town of Richmond Hill and not in the City of Markham.  This was due to us obtaining a meeting location in Richmond Hill.  We share the meeting location with the 5th Richmond Hill Scouts.
    • Our group mainly accepts members in southern York Region.  We have a partner group in northern York Region, 1st York Region MedVents.  We jointly train and volunteer together in York Region.  Although our volunteer/service area is York Region we do travel to wherever a service event is located.   MedVents have traveled from coast to coast to volunteer their services as Offer of Service (OOS).  The limiting factor is the cost of travel and accommodations.
    • We all train under the Red Cross system so our skills knowledge is the same.  Although we are located in Richmond Hill we have traveled outside our area to assist other MedVent groups in fulfilling their manpower needs at service events.  We also service events outside our normal volunteer area when we are directly contacted by an organization.
  • Do I have to be a Scout member to join?
    • You do not have to be a member of Scouts Canada to join.  It does help if you have some Scouting or a Guiding background.  You will need to know how the aims of the Scouting and Guiding movements and have camping abilities as per the organization.
    • The MedVent program is a Scouts Canada program. You must be willing to register as a member once you are accepted into the MedVent group.
    • You must be in good standing with your respective organizations.
  • Do I need first aid certificate before I join?
    • It is preferable that you have at least a standard first aid certificate from a recognized organization that is acceptable to the program.
    • If you do not have a valid current certificate you will need to obtain one soon after you register. We may be able to help you get your certificate.
  • How are our members trained?
    • All our members are trained under the Canadian Red Cross system.  However, we do recognize other WSIB approved standard first aid certificates when you initially join.  After verification of your skills level, you can proceed with the program. You will be required to follow the Canadian Red Cross system afterward.
    • Many MedVent groups have their own Canadian Red Cross first aid instructors.  In some areas, like Ontario, there is a training team that provides the higher certificate instructors.
    • Our training system ensures consistency among our members.  It also allows MedVent group members to train together.  This makes a more cohesive team.
    • MedVent groups occasionally train together or to enhance our skills and to familiarize ourselves with the training at other groups.
    • MedVents occasionally train with our allied vocational program groups like Police and Fire.  A new TechVech has started up in York Regions, which is a potential new association, where we can use their HAM radio, robotic and technical skills.
  • Other than the registration fee are there additional fees?
    • Yes, there is an additional fee to join a MedVent group.  The amount varies, but in the first year, you would pay a higher fee than the subsequent years.
    • The first year fee includes a uniform fee, training fees, and some equipment fees.
    • Camping, travel costs and accommodations are an extra cost that you can incur.
  • I am already a member of a Scout group do I need to change groups?
    • It is up to you. The MedVent group can be your primary or secondary group.
    • If the MedVent group has a Scouting program, you may choose to fulfill your Scouting program within our group, or you may choose to fulfill your Scouting requirement in your existing Scouting group or another group of your own choosing.
  • Is there a minimum time commitment?
    • Yes. The number of hours will depend on the group you join.
      • Many groups expect you to commit to a minimum of one year of membership.
    • Our volunteers and our youth members put in a lot of our time to train you.  So we expect you to volunteer for service hours.
    • The program consists of training and putting your training into practice.  The hours you need to remain in good standing with a group will vary by your MedVent level. Your annual volunteer hours can go as high as 120 or more per year.  Your hours is split between community and first aid volunteer hours.
    • There is usually a minimum number of hours of Scouting and training meeting you must attend.
  • Can I use these hours for my Secondary School Volunteer Hours?
    • Yes, you can.  Our volunteer tasks fall within the guidelines of the school board requirements
  • Can I just attend the first aid training only?
    • Unfortunately, the answer is no.  This is a Scouting program with first aid component added onto it.
    • We are a volunteer organization.  We expect our members to give back to the community.  The Scouting side of the program fulfills that part of the program.
  • Can I join if I am younger?
    • The minimum Venturer Scouts age is 15 years old. 
    • We also need a certain level of maturity to handle the situations that you encounter that require a certain level of maturity.
    • Our members work with youths a lot, so it is a more demanding role.  Therefore, all MedVent members must fulfill the adult volunteer requirements.    This means all MedVents go through the same vetting and training as an Adult Volunteer.  The one difference is a Venturer Scout does not need to go through the Police Records check until they turn 18.
  • Can I still join if I am over 26 years old?
    • Yes, you can but you will be joining as an adult volunteer.  Adult volunteers work with the youth in their training.  So you will be required to put in additional hours.
  • Are all Adult volunteers trained in first aid?
    • It is up to you.  You can join us as an adult volunteer and help us with the Scouting program.  You may also decide to take first aid training just like any other MedVent member.  In this case, you would become a MedVent Advisor.  This is actually more rewarding when you attend events with the youth.
  • What is the difference between a MedVent vocational program and the regular Scouting program?
    • Our members complete both a Scouting and a First Aid training program.  This means our meetings alternate between scouting meeting nights and first aid training nights.  Our members spend a lot more time together as a group than a regular Scout group does.  We attend numerous service events throughout the year.
  • How much does it cost to get the Markham MedVents to my event?
    • The Markham MedVents volunteer at events free of charge; however, we do rely heavily on honorariums to keep our kits stocked and program running.