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{{Otheruses|''This is the '''Boy Scout {{PAGENAME}} Merit Badge'''.<br />Venturers can work on the [[First Aid (Ranger Award elective)|First Aid Ranger Award elective]]<br>Webelos Scouts can earn the [[Readyman|Readyman Activity Badge]].''}}{{Revised|January 1, 2008}}{{Info|'''{{PAGENAME}}''' requires [[Merit Badges Requiring Prior Approval|prior counselor approval]] for requirement #6c.}}
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|quote = '''First aid''' — caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care — is an important skill for every Scout. With some knowledge of first aid, a Scout can provide immediate care and help to someone who is hurt or who becomes ill. First aid can help prevent infection and serious loss of blood. It could even save a limb or a life.
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'''First aid''' — caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care — is an important skill for every Scout. With some knowledge of first aid, a Scout can provide immediate care and help to someone who is hurt or who becomes ill. First aid can help prevent infection and serious loss of blood. It could even save a limb or a life.
 
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#First Aid merit badge is on the [[Eagle Scout]] required list (requirement 3.a.).
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'''1. [[Tenderfoot Rank]] First Aid Requirements'''<br>
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:'''6c'''. [[Object in Eye]] - [[Bites and Stings]] - [[Puncture Wounds]] - [[Burns]] - [[Heat Exhaustion]] - [[Shock]] - [[Heat Stroke]] - [[Dehydration]] - [[Hypothermia]] - [[Hyperventilation]]
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'''2a'''. [http://www.expertvillage.com/video/3621_first-aid-basics-nine-one-one.htm Video: Calling 911] <br>
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*[http://www.scouting.org/pubs/gss/gss06.html Guide to Safe Scouting - Section VI - First Aid]
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*[http://www.parasolemt.com.au/intro_first_aid.asp Intro to First Aid] A free basic training course available online
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*[http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/ Learn CPR - You Can Do It!]
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://draftable.com/compare/XaJfgOcMPpCU Digital comparison between 2018 and 2019 versions of First Aid merit badge requirements]</span> &mdash; Draftable.com
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*[http://www.troop502.info/moulage_tips.html Realistic First Aid] How to use theatrical makeup to teach First Aid
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.firstaidforfree.com/free-first-aid-course/ Free online basic first aid course]</span> &mdash; firstaidforfree.com
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* [http://depts.washington.edu/learncpr/ Learn CPR - You Can Do It!] &mdash; Washington.edu
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* [http://www.troop502.info/moulage_tips.html Realistic First Aid] How to use theatrical makeup to teach First Aid &mdash; Troop502.info
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This is the First Aid merit badge for Scouts, Lone Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts.
Venturers can complete the First Aid elective for the Ranger Award
Webelos Scouts can earn the Webelos Adventure: First Responder pin.

First Aid merit badge
Image:First Aid.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Ambulance
BSA Advancement ID: 008
Requirements revision: 2019
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015

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First aid — caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care — is an important skill for every Scout. With some knowledge of first aid, a Scout can provide immediate care and help to someone who is hurt or who becomes ill. First aid can help prevent infection and serious loss of blood. It could even save a limb or a life.



First Aid merit badge requirements

  1. Demonstrate to your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
  2. Explain how you would obtain emergency medical assistance from:
    a. Your home
    b. A remote location on a wilderness camping trip
    c. An activity on open water
  3. Define the term triage. Explain the steps necessary to assess and handle a medical emergency until help arrives.
  4. Explain the universal precautions as applied to the transmission of infections. Discuss the ways you should protect yourself and the victim while administering first aid.
  5. Do the following:
    a. Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.
    b. With an adult leader. Inspect your troop's first-aid kit. Evaluate it for completeness. Report your findings to your counselor and Scout leader.
  6. Describe the early signs and symptoms of each of the following and explain what actions you should take:
    a. Shock
    b. Heart attack
    c. Stroke
  7. Do the following:
    a. Describe the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Then demonstrate proper CPR technique using a training device approved by your counselor.
    b. Explain the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED). Identify the location of the AED at your school, place of worship, and troop meeting place, if one is present.
  8. Do the following:
    a. Show the steps that need to be taken for someone who has a large open wound or cut that is not bleeding severely.
    b. Show the steps that need to be taken for someone who has a large open wound or cut that is severely bleeding.
    c. Tell the dangers in the use of a tourniquet and the conditions under which its use is justified.
  9. Explain when a bee sting could be life threatening and what action should be taken for prevention and for first aid.
  10. Describe the signs and symptoms and demonstrate the proper procedures for handling and immobilizing suspected closed and open fractures or dislocations of the
    a. Forearm
    b. Wrist
    c. Upper leg
    d. Lower leg
    e. Ankle
  11. Describe the signs, symptoms, and possible complications and demonstrate care for someone with a suspected injury to the head, neck, or back.
  12. Describe the symptoms, proper first-aid procedures, and possible prevention measures for the following conditions:
    a. Anaphylaxis/allergic reactions
    b. Bruises
    c. Sprains or strains
    d. Hypothermia
    e. Frostbite
    f. Burns—first, second, and third degree
    g. Convulsions/seizures
    h. Dehydration
    i. Muscle cramps
    j. Heat exhaustion
    k. Heat stroke
    l. Abdominal pain
    m. Broken, chipped, or loosened tooth
  13. Do the following:
    a. Describe the conditions under which an injured person should be moved.
    b. If a sick or an injured person must be moved, tell how you would determine the best method. Demonstrate this method.
    c. With helpers under your supervision, improvise a stretcher and move a presumably unconscious person.
  14. Teach another Scout a first-aid skill selected by your counselor.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for First Aid is available here! (PDF or Word) with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need! Or click here to print just the First Aid requirements. usscouts.org has PDF and Word versions of workbooks for Scouts BSA ranks and merit badges, Cub Scouting ranks and adventures, and STEM Nova awards.

First Aid merit badge is required for the Eagle Scout rank.
First Aid merit badge requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #7a.
First Aid merit badge is a requirement (#1) of the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
First Aid merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Camping.
First Aid merit badge is required for the National Medal for Outdoor Achievement.
First Aid merit badge is an option for the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award.
  1. The First Aid merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.
  2. First Aid replaced the 1910 Ambulance "Badge of Merit".

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Related awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

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