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First Aid Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson video links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
First Aid is the most popular Merit Badge and required for Eagle Scout.
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This is the Boy Scout First Aid Merit Badge.
Venturers can work on the First Aid Ranger Award elective
Webelos Scouts can earn the Readyman Activity Badge.
The First Aid requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.
First Aid requires prior counselor approval for requirement #6c.
First Aid merit badge
Image:First Aid.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 008
Requirements revision: 2008
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


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 requirements

First aid

  1. Satisfy 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. Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.
  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. Show the steps that need to be taken for someone suffering from a severe cut on the leg and on the wrist. 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:
2018 Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for First Aid is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
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Or click here to print just the First Aid requirements. has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks, Webelos workbooks,
Cub Scout workbooks, and Nova Award workbooks.
  1. First Aid merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.a.).
  2. The First Aid Merit Badge requirements were updated in 2008.

Requirement resources

1. Tenderfoot Rank First Aid Requirements:

12a. Mayo: Choking
12b. Mayo: Cuts and scrapes - Mayo: Blisters - Mayo: Burns - WebMD:Insect Bites and Stings - Mayo: Snakebites - Mayo: Nosebleeds - WebMD: Nosebleeds - Mayo: Frostbite - Mayo: Sunburn

1. Second Class Rank First Aid Requirements:

6a. Mayo: Choking - Mayo: Bleeding - WebMD: Bleeding - [ Mayo: Poisoning
6b. First Aid Kit
6c. Mayo: Foreign object in the eye - Mayo: Animal bites - WebMD: Puncture Wound - Mayo: Burns - WebMD: Burns - Mayo: Heat exhaustion - Mayo: Heatstroke - Mayo: Shock - WebMD: Dehydration - Mayo: Hypothermia - WebMD: Hypothermia - eHow: Hyperventilation - WebMD: Hyperventilation

1. First Class Rank First Aid Requirements:

8b.Sprained Ankle
8c. How to Move an Injured Person
8d. Mayo: Heart attack - WebMD: Heart Attack - Mayo: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) - WebMD: CPR

2a. Dial 911.
2b. Wikipedia: Triage
2c. Wikipedia: Bloodborne Pathogens
2d. First Aid Kit
3a. Mayo Clinic: Shock - [ WebMD: Shock - Mayo Clinic: Heart attack - WebMD: Heart Attack - Mayo Clinic: Stroke
3b. Mayo Clinic: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) WebMD: CPR
3c. ACEP: Automatic External Defibrillators - WebMD: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
3d. Mayo Clinic: Severe bleeding - WebMD: Bleeding - Wikipedia: Tourniquet 3e. Mayo Clinic: Insect bites and stings - WebMD:Bites and Stings
3f. Mayo Clinic: Heatstroke - WebMD: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
4a. Mayo Clinic: Fractures (broken bones) - WebMD: Broken Bones
4b. Mayo Clinic: Head trauma - WebMD: Head Injuries - Mayo Clinic: Spinal injury - WebMD: Neck & Back Injuries
5. You can use the chart in the First Aid Workbook
5a. Mayo Clinic: Hypothermia - WebMD: Hypothermia
5b. WebMD: Seizures
5c. Mayo Clinic: Frostbite - WebMD: Frostbite
5d. WebMD: Dehydration
5e. Mayo Clinic: Bruise - WebMD: Bruises - WebMD: Muscle Strain - Mayo Clinic: Sprain
5f. Mayo Clinic: Burns - WebMD: Burns
5g. Mayo Clinic: Chest pain - WebMD: Abdominal Pain
5h. WebMD: Broken or Knocked-out Teeth Treatment
5i. Mayo Clinic: Tooth loss
5j. Mayo:Muscle Cramps - NIH: Muscle Cramps
6. How to Move an Injured Person
6c. ACEP: Automatic External Defibrillators - WebMD: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
7. Communications Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill.

Related awards

7. Communications Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill.

Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information

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