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This article is about the Webelos Readyman Activity Badge.

All Scouts can also earn the Emergency Preparedness Award. Boy Scouts can earn the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.

The Webelos Readyman activity badge helps prepare Webelos Scouts for the Boy Scout First Aid and Emergency Preparedness merit badge(s).

Activity Badge

The Webelos Readyman Activity Badge is one of 20 different Activity Badges that can be earned in the Webelos Scout Program. The requirements are typically worked on during den meetings or den activities while the skills are practiced at home, with the help of the Webelos Scout's family. The requirements are either completed with the den or at home with the den leader's approval. Projects are brought to meetings to share with the den and for Webelos Den Leader or Activity Badge Counselor approval.


Readyman requirements

Do all of these:

  1. With your parent, guardian, or Webelos den leader, complete the Courage Character Connection.
    Know: Define the importance of each courage step: Be strong; Be calm; Be clear; Be careful. Explain how memorizing the courage steps helps you to be ready.
    Commit: Explain why it is hard to follow the courage steps in an emergency. Tell when you can use the courage steps in other situations (such as standing up to a bully, avoiding fights, being fair, not stealing or cheating when tempted, etc.)
    Practice: Act out one of the requirements using these courage steps: Be strong; Be calm; Be clear; Be careful.
  2. Explain what first aid is. Tell what you should do after an accident.
  3. Explain how you can get help quickly if there is an emergency in your home. Make a "help list" of people or agencies that can help you if you need it. Post it near a phone or in another place with easy access.
  4. Demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver and tell when it is used.
  5. Show what to do for these "hurry cases":
  6. Show how to treat shock.
  7. Show first aid for the following:
  8. Tell what steps must be taken for a safe swim with your Webelos den, pack, family, or other group. Explain the reasons for the buddy system.

And do two of these:

  1. Explain six safety rules you should follow when "driving" a bicycle.
  2. Explain the importance of wearing safety equipment when participating in sports activities (skating, skateboarding, etc.)
  3. Make a home fire escape plan for your family.
  4. Explain how to use each item in a first-aid kit.
  5. Tell where accidents are most likely to happen inside and around your home.
  6. Explain six safety rules you should remember when riding in a car.
  7. Attend a first aid demonstration at a Boy Scout troop meeting, a Red Cross center, or other community event or place.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Webelos Cub Scout Handbook, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #34754 (formerly #33452))

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

Requirement resources

1. Bullies - Avoiding fights

KidsHealth.Org: Bullies - Family fights - Being a good Sport - Stealing - Cheating - p.368

2. What is first aid? How do you get help after an accident? - p.369
3. Get Help - pp.370-1
4. Heimlich maneuver - p.379
5.  Serious bleedingStopped breathingInternal poisoningHeart attack - pp.371-6
6. Shock - pp.376-7
7.  Cuts and scratchesBurns and scaldsChokingBlistersTick bitesInsect bites and stingsSnakebiteNosebleedFrostbiteSunburn - pp.377-83
8. Safe Swim DefenseBuddy System - pp.384-5
9. The requirement says that there are 6 bicycle safety rules but the Webelos Scout Handbook, p. 386, says there are 12. The Boy Scouts of America Guide to Safe Scouting says that there are 12 but that they are different. Also see McGruff: Bike Riding
10. Importance of wearing safety equipment - p. 387
11. The graph paper for your home fire escape plan is in the Readyman Worksheet. See the Webelos Scout Handbook, p. 388 and the USFA: Escaping from fire
12. The Webelos Scout Handbook First Aid Kit on p. 388-9 shows 15 items. The BSA states that the personal First Aid Kit has 11 items.
13. American Medical Association: Common Household Accidents - p. 389.
14. Six safety rules when riding in a car - p. 390 safety KidsHealth.Org: Car safety.
15. Boy Scout Troop - including finding a troop near you. Find the Red Cross Offices near you

General Resources

Related awards

Boy Scout Ranks

Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Webelos Den Leader portal
First Aid Links
Camping Checklist
First Aid Kit
Emergency Kit

External links

Personal tools