Whatever you teach them, make sure you add the "practical" element for what they're learning. It's good to practice your knots, but if you never see how to apply them, half the learning is lost.
I'm thinking a great way to plan classes/drills is to simply crack your IFSTA book and go through chapter by chapter, doing the practical exercises in the back of each chapter. It gives you a simple curriculum to follow, along with teaching material to go along with it. Once you have added enough skills to your repertoire, start giving them scenarios that use those skills... simple mock "calls" where you need to use the knots you learned to hoist tools or rescue a dummy, etc.
No need to duplicate the work when others have done it for us. I was an explorer for 2 years and have been a career firefighter for almost 7 years with two separate academies under my belt. All three programs were based off the IFSTA Fire Essentials manual. From there, just use whatever equipment/props you have available as the lessons come up. Following the manual also helps you keep track of what lessons/drills will be coming up so you can schedule a drill-ground and the needed equipment for each drill.
Juniors can do anything firefighters do. Except respond "code" to a call, or go to a scene that involves bad stuff. (everyone knows what I'm talking about)
My name is Rodney Recore and assist in heading up our newly inspired Jr FF program. Looking to Firehouse has allowed many to aid us so here we pay it forward. Start with the basics: turnout gear donning and doffing. We include air packs but some Jr FF programs do not. Hose hookups to the trucks and hydrants, surprise drills etc
Send me your email to firstname.lastname@example.org and can email you our excel spreadsheet. Our Jrs have went from 3 to 4 active to a full 13 !! They make me very proud and even the girls are doing spectacular!! Look forward to hearing from you and hope to help any way we can.
Barker Fire Department
Juniors or not, you realise that this thread is older than most of the Juniors....