Video: ‘Learn It Young, Remember It Forever’

May 13, 2019 Updated: May 24, 2019

Many times, the lessons we learn as children prove valuable later in life.

In this emotional ad, we see a young boy rescue a drowning girl, walking out of the ocean with her in his arms.

Then he utilizes first aid techniques that he learned as a Boy Scout.

Scouts South Africa and Not Norm teamed up on the ad. The bow is seen taking the girl out of the water before performing CPR.

After the “boy” performs CPR, there’s a twist at the end.

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(SCOUTS South Africa / YouTube)
(SCOUTS South Africa / YouTube)
(SCOUTS South Africa / YouTube)

“Do you remember all the skills you learnt when you were a Scout? Leading a team with a helpful sile, tackling each challenge head on… If you think about it, each day you use those skills you learnt in Scouting. Aren’t you glad you learnt them at a young age? Empower a child, and impact a community, by watching and sharing this video with all your Scouting friends!” the caption reads.

A number of people praised the ad’s effectiveness.

“Honestly one of the best scouting advertisements I have EVVERRR seen before. Really well done, amazing message,” one person said.

Another wrote: “I can identify with this scenario. As a Scout I learned and kept up on my CPR training. At 37 years old I used that training to help safe the life of a 12 yr old girl who had drowned in a swimming pool.”

CPR Tips

Here are the steps for performing CPR per the Red Cross:

1 – Check the scene and the person. Make sure the scene is safe, then tap the person on the shoulder and shout “Are you OK?” to ensure that the person needs help.

2 – Call 911 for assistance. If it’s evident that the person needs help, call (or ask a bystander to call) 911, then send someone to get an AED. (If an AED is unavailable, or a there is no bystander to access it, stay with the victim, call 911 and begin administering assistance.)

3 – Open the airway. With the person lying on his or her back, tilt the head back slightly to lift the chin.

4- Check for breathing. Listen carefully, for no more than 10 seconds, for sounds of breathing. (Occasional gasping sounds do not equate to breathing.) If there is no breathing begin CPR.

Red Cross CPR Steps:

1 – Push hard, push fast. Place your hands, one on top of the other, in the middle of the chest. Use your body weight to help you administer compressions that are at least 2 inches deep and delivered at a rate of at least 100 compressions per minute.

2 – Deliver rescue breaths. With the person’s head tilted back slightly and the chin lifted, pinch the nose shut and place your mouth over the person’s mouth to make a complete seal. Blow into the person’s mouth to make the chest rise. Deliver two rescue breaths, then continue compressions.

Note: If the chest does not rise with the initial rescue breath, re-tilt the head before delivering the second breath. If the chest doesn’t rise with the second breath, the person may be choking. After each subsequent set of 30 chest compressions, and before attempting breaths, look for an object and, if seen, remove it.

3 – Continue CPR steps. Keep performing cycles of chest compressions and breathing until the person exhibits signs of life, such as breathing, an AED becomes available, or EMS or a trained medical responder arrives on scene.