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Youth club visits National Museum of Civil War Medicine

January 18, 2008

The No Smoking Youth Club of Hagerstown visited the National Museum of Civil War Medicine in Frederick, Md., during the holiday season.

It gave the local youth group a chance to expand their knowledge of hospital care during the Civil War period as compared to today's advances in medicine.

Club members toured museum exhibits, which identified the fact that most of the deaths during the Civil War were due to poor camp sanitary conditions.

The youths also learned how important the role of nurses were during the war.

While today's military camp conditions are better, the need for nurses is in demand these days, the youths were told. Club members are now more aware of the opportunities in today's nursing field and learned more of what will be expected of them based on the history they learned while on this tour.

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The museum, in downtown Frederick, had a holiday special that allowed the youth club to visit the museum free of charge. A number of the other museums and other historical sites in Frederick County were also free that day and offered holiday treats, music and other special presentations; although the youth did not get a chance to visit them all.

The No Smoking Youth Club is a peer-education program for youth ages 7 to 12 and teen helpers.

The group has launched a new effort titled "Don't Smoke With Kids In The Car."

To join their campaign or find out about other club activities like the upcoming No Smoking Youth Club banquet planned for March, call 301-393-9290.

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