|| First Aid is the first help or immediate care given someone who has suddenly sickened or been hurt in an accident. First-aid training continues through the program of the Boy Scouts of America as concrete evidence that we are prepared to help others in need.
It is important that one person in each touring group be trained in the principles of first aid, know how and when to put this knowledge to the best use, and thoroughly understand the limitations of this knowledge.
It is strongly recommended that adult leaders in Scouting avail themselves of CPR and first-aid training by the American Red Cross or any recognized agency to be aware of the latest techniques and procedures. However, some of the first-aid techniques found in BSA literature are not the same as those professed by the American Red Cross. Frequently, modifications depend on the Scout's age—this could be a factor in the Scout's judgment and physical dexterity.
|— - Guide to Safe Scouting, VI. First Aid
Here are the first aid resources you need for over 40 ranks and badges. ► Videos show you key skills.
While your handbook is your primary resource, the links below can help you learn your first aid skills. See the Disclaimers.
► Expert Village Videos: First Aid - Basics - Basics2
► About.com - offers a number of first aid videos.
► ProFirstAid (PFAVideo) - an entire online first aid course for free. Pay if you want their certificates.
► American Red Cross Training Online - The Greater Indianapolis Chapter offers many certified American Red Cross first aid courses for a fee.
BSA Rank Videos for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class cover many first aid topics including: Heimlich Maneuver, Hurry Cases, First Aid Kit, Bandages, Transporting the injured, and CPR.
First Aid Kit
See: First Aid Kit - with items and uses
► PFAVideo: AED Intro
- Requirement for Camping and Hiking Merit Badges.
Bites and Stings
► EVVideo: Insect Bites & Stings - Treatments - Insect Bites - Brown Recluse Spider Bite - Chiggers - Bee Stings - Bees
► Avoiding Ticks - EVVideo: Removing Ticks
► Mayo Clinic: Bleeding Video - EVVideo: EVVideo: Bleeding - EVVideo: Bleeding2 - Direct Pressure -
► ProFirstAid: Minor Bleeding - Serious Bleeding - About.com Video: Dress a Wound
► EVVideo: Avoiding Blisters - Blisters - How to Treat Blisters
► ProFirstAid: Introduction to Bloodborne Pathogens - What are Bloodborne Pathogens? - Reducing the Risk of Bloodborne Pathogens
► EVVideo: Burns - Second Degree Burns - Second & Third-Degree Burns - About.com Video: Burn - About.com: Types of Burns Video
► EVVideo: First Aid for Choking Victims - PFAVideo: Choking - About.com Video: Heimlich Maneuver
► EVVideo: How to Treat Frostbite - About.com: Stages of Frostbite Video
► EVVideo: CPR Basics - CPR ProFirstAid: *NEW* Hands-Only CPR - PFAVideo: Adult CPR - About.com Video: Hands Only CPR -
Cuts - Scrapes
► EVVideo: Cuts (Lacerations) - EVVideo: Abrasions
Electrical Burns - Electrical Shock
Eye Injury - Object in Eye
► EVVideo:Calling 911
Head, Neck, and Back Injuries
► PFAVideo: Head, Neck and Back Injuries
► EVVideo: What Is a Heart Attack? - Risk Factors - Misconceptions - Signs of a Heart Attack
► EVVideo: How to Treat Heat Exhaustion
Nausea - Motion Sickness
► PFAVideo: Fainting
► EVVideo: Nose Bleeds - About.com Video: Nosebleeds
► EVVideo: Poison Ivy & Poison Oak - How to Treat Poison Oak, Ivy & Sumac
► EVVideo: Puncture Wounds
Seizures - Convulsions - Epilepsy
► EVVideo: Seizures - PFAVideo: Seizures
- Treat every accident victim for shock. -Boy Scout Handbook p. 291
► PFAVideo: Shock
► EVVideo: How to Apply a Shoulder Sling - Slings - More Slings
► EVVideo: Venomous Snake Bite
► EVVideo: How to Treat Jellyfish Stings
► EVVideo: How to Tell if Someone Needs a Splint - Injuries Requiring a Splint - Types of Splints - Applying a Splint - How to Use a Pillow as a Splint -
How to Position a Splint
Sprains - Strains - Cramps
► EVVideo: Strained Muscle
- See CPR
► EVVideo: What Is a Stroke? - How to Identify a Stroke - How to Prevent a Stroke - The Signs of a Stroke
► EVVideo: Sunburn - EVVideo: Severe Sunburn
Transporting an Injured Person
► EVVideo: How to Carry an Injured Person by Yourself
Wilderness First Aid
► EVVideo: Assessing Wilderness Emergencies - Medical Emergency - Shock - Triage - Wilderness First Aid
- Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards
Disclaimer: This information is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice, emergency treatment or formal first-aid training. Don't use this information to diagnose or develop a treatment plan for a health problem or disease without consulting a qualified health care provider. If you're in a life-threatening or emergency medical situation, seek medical assistance immediately.
Please note that the only first aid materials recommended by the Boy Scouts of America are those found or listed in official BSA materials such as the current First Aid Merit Badge Book and Boy Scout Handbook. First Aid Treatments are constantly being revised. See the Guide to Safe Scouting. Neither MeritBadge.Org, nor its contributors make any recommendations.