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Safety merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1927
Replaced: Safety First
BSA Advancement ID: 012
Requirements revision: 2017
Latest pamphlet revision: 2016


Knowing about safety helps Scouts to make the right choices and to take the best actions to avoid accidents by making informed choices in their everyday activities and to respond appropriately during an emergency situation.

Safety merit badge requirements

  1. Explain what safety is and what it means to be safe. Then prepare a notebook to include:
    a. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common types and causes of injuries in the home and in the workplace, and how these injuries could be prevented.
    b. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common kinds of crimes and ways to avoid being a crime victim.
    c. Facts you have obtained concerning the frequency of accidents and of crimes in your local area.
    d. A paragraph or more, written by you, explaining how a serious fire, accident, or crime could change your family life.
    e. A list of safe practices and safety devices currently used by your family, such as safety practices used while driving or working and safety devices that prevent injuries or help in an emergency.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, make an inspection of your home. Identify any hazards found and explain how these can be corrected.
    b. Review or develop your family's plan of escape in case of fire in your home. As you develop the escape plan with family members, share with them facts about the common causes of fire in the home, such as smoking, cooking, electrical appliances, and candles.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Discuss with your counselor how you contribute to the safety of yourself, your family, and your community.
    b. Show your family members how to protect themselves and your home from accidents, fire, burglary, robbery, and assault.
    c. Discuss with your counselor the tips for online safety. Explain the steps individuals can take to help prevent identity theft.
    d. Discuss with your counselor the three R's of Youth Protection and how to recognize child abuse.
  4. Show your family the exits you would use from different public buildings (such as a theater, municipal building, library, supermarket, shopping center, or your place of worship) in the event of an emergency. Teach your family what to do in the event that they need to take shelter in or evacuate a public place.
  5. Make an accident prevention plan for five family activities outside the home (at your place of worship, at a theater, on a picnic, at the beach, and while traveling, for example). Each plan should include an analysis of possible hazards, proposed action to correct hazards, and reasons for the correction you propose in each plan.
  6. Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for your home, school, place of worship, place of employment, or community.
  7. Explain what the National Terrorism Advisory System is and how you would respond to each type of alert.
  8. Learn about three career opportunities in the field of safety. Pick one career and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this choice with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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

Safety merit badge requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #2a and 6.
  1. The BSA Safety Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Safety as one of your monthly themes.
  2. Safety is a rare merit badge!

Requirement resources

2a. There is a Home Safety Checklist at the end of the Safety merit badge workbook (PDF or DOCX).
2b. How to make a home fire escape plan (  •  Escape My House (New Zealand Fire Service)  •  Escape Planner (New Zealand Fire Service)
3c. Cyber Chip
3d. The "three R’s" of Youth Protection
6. The Safety merit badge pamphlet contains a list of example and suggested projects.
7. National Terrorism Advisory System (NTAS)

Related awards

  • Emergency Preparedness requirement #9a (home inspection) appears to be equivalent to Safety requirement #2a.
  • Emergency Preparedness requirement #9b ("Review or develop a plan of escape for your family in case of fire in your home") appears to be equivalent to the first part of Safety requirement #2b ("Review or develop your family's plan of escape in case of fire in your home").
  • Emergency Preparedness requirement #9c ("Develop an accident prevention program...") appears to be equivalent to Safety requirement #5.
  • Fire Safety requirement #3 (causes of fire at home) appears to be largely the same as the the second part of Safety requirement #2b.
  • Safety requirement #8 (safety careers) could overlap with Crime Prevention requirement #9c (crime prevention and security industry careers), Fire Safety requirement #13 (fire safety careers), Public Health requirement #8 (public health professions), and Search and Rescue requirement #10 (search and rescue careers).

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

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