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Boy Scout Personal First-Aid Kit

From the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
Carry a personal first-aid kit on hikes and campouts. Fit everything in a resealable plastic bag and take it with you whenever you set out on a Scout adventure.

Item Qty Use
Latex-free Adhesive bandages 6 Simple cuts and scrapes - p. 125
Sterile gauze pads, 3-by-3-inch 2 Larger wounds - p. 119-120
Latex-free Adhesive tape 1 small roll Hold pad in place
Moleskin, 3-by-6 inch 1 Blisters - p. 125
Soap (or hand-sanitizing gel (see below)) 1 small bar Wash skin - p. 125
Alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel (or soap (see above)) 1 small bottle Wash skin - p. 125
Triple antibiotic ointment* (optional) 1 small tube Sterilize exposed skin - p. 125
Hydrocortisone cream* (optional) 1 small tube Allergic skin reactions - p. 127
Scissors 1 pair Cut gauze or tape - p. 125
Disposable latex-free gloves 1 pair For bleeding or wound care - p. 120, 125
CPR breathing barrier 1 Rescue breathing or CPR - p. 116-119
Pencil and paper 1 each Log treatments & details - p. 151

* Some people are allergic to antibiotics and hydrocortisone creams. Be sure to ask permission before applying either of these ointments for first aid.

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Note well: the 12th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook does not designate "triple antibiotic ointment" as "optional" and does not include "hydrocortisone cream."
  1. no hydrocortisone cream (which is optional in the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
  2. six "wash up towelettes" instead of soap or hand-sanitizing gel for washing skin
  3. nylon zippered pouch
  1. six single-use packets of triple antibiotic ointment instead of one small tube
  2. six single-use packets of hydrocortisone instead of one small tube
  3. 12 assorted bandages rather than just six
  4. roll-up expandable waterproof pouch
  1. moleskin sheet is 3" x 4" instead of 3" x 6"
  2. two pairs of latex-free gloves instead of just one
  3. trauma sheers instead of scissors
  4. four antiseptic towelettes instead of soap or hand-sanitizing gel
  5. two single use triple anti-biotic ointment packets instead a small tube (optional)
  6. two single use hydrocortisone packets instead of a small tube (optional)
  7. includes a first-aid instruction wallet card
  8. no pencil but includes two SOAP notes*
  9. does not include a pouch

* SOAP note (an acronym for subjective, objective, assessment, and plan) is a method of documenting a patient encounter.

As you can see, you can make adjustments and substitutions in items (e.g., single-use packets versus small tube of ointments or creams; soap, hand-sanitizer, or anti-septic towelettes) as long as you are satisfying the need.

Webelos First-Aid Kit

From the Webelos Scout Handbook pp. 388-9

First-Aid Kits Every home and car should have a first-aid kit. Then first-aid supplies will be there if they are needed. Check your family's home or car first-aid kit. For requirement 12, you'll explain how the items should be used. If you don't know, ask your Webelos den leader or den chief to show you. Things that should be in a first-aid kit are listed below.

Item Use
Tweezers Remove splinters
Box of adhesive bandages (different sizes) Keep wound clean
Twelve each of 3-by-3-inch and 4-by-4-inch sterile pads Larger wounds
Roll of I-inch and roll of 2-inch adhesive tape Hold pad in place
Scissors Cut gauze or tape
Safety pins Secure triangular bandages
Two 1-inch roller bandages Hold pads in place
Two 2-inch roller bandages Hold pads in place
Three triangular bandages Hold pads in place
Three cravat bandages (a cravat bandage is made
by folding a triangular bandage or Scout neckerchief)
Sling or to hold pad in place
Two 17-inch splints of thin board Immobilize break or sprain
Two 30-inch splints Immobilize break or sprain
Calamine lotion Minor skin rash
Latex gloves For bleeding or wound care
Mouth-barrier device Rescue breathing or CPR

For a first-aid kit in a car, also include a small flashlight and spare batteries, hand cleaner in packets, a white handkerchief (to attach to the car so you can attract attention if the car is disabled), a blanket, and a large red and white sign that can be placed in the front or rear window that reads "Send Help!"

Home or Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit

From the 13th edition of the Boy Scout Handbook
Preparing a large first-aid kit for your patrol or troop can be useful in treating many injuries and illnesses. Everyone should know who is carrying the kit or where it is stored so that it can be located quickly.
Boy Scout Handbook, 13th edition, "First Aid" chapter

A more comprehensive group first-aid kit can contain the following items (bolded items indicate a change from the previous version of this list in the 12th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook):

____ A 2-inch roller bandage
____ 2 1-inch roller bandages
____ 4 40-inch triangular bandages
____ A roll of 1-inch latex-free adhesive tape
____ 2 packets of gel pads for blisters and burns
____ 2 3-inch wide elastic bandages
____ 12 sterile, 3-by-3-inch gauze pads
____ 4 3-by-6-inch pieces of moleskin
____ 24 alcohol swabs
____ A tube of triple antibiotic ointment* [optional]
____ A tube of hydrocortisone cream* [optional]
____ A box of assorted latex-free adhesive bandages
____ A small bar of soap or a travel-sized bottle of alcohol-based hand-sanitizing gel
____ Scissors
____ Tweezers
____ 12 safety pins
____ 6 pairs of latex-free disposable gloves
____ Protective goggles / safety glasses
____ CPR breathing barrier
____ Pencil and paper

These optional items are recommended:

____ An instant cold compress
____ A space blanket
____ A SAM® splint
____ Duct tape
____ Plastic garbage bags
____ Resealable plastic bags (gallon size)

* Some people are allergic to antibiotics and hydrocortisone creams. Be sure to ask permission before applying either of these ointments for first aid.

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Sea Scout First-Aid Kit

From Sea Scout Manual, No. 33239, SKU: 620543 (12th Edition, 2017 Printing)
A complete first-aid kit is necessary. It should contain the following:
Wound Care
Sterile absorbent cotton
Small adhesive bandages
Sterile gauze squares, various sizes
Elastic bandages, various widths
Waterproof adhesive tape
Gauze roller bandages
Cotton-tipped swabs
Sterile eye pads
Alcohol swabs
Antiseasickness pills
Antihistamine pills
Pain-relieving tablets
Toothache remedy (oil of cloves)
Laxative (mild)
Bicarbonate of soda
Throat lozenges
Throat spray
Hydrogen peroxide
Meat tenderizer
Ointments and Lotions
Sunscreen (8–15 range)
Sunburn lotion
Zinc oxide ointment
Liquid soap
Burn ointment or petroleum jelly
Aromatic spirit of ammonia
Tube of boric acid ophthalmic ointment
Safety pins, assorted
Small scissors
Tongue depressors
Clinical thermometer
Rust-resistant needles
Tweezers or thumb forceps
Snakebite kit (inland)
Instant ice bags
Small flashlight
Disposable latex gloves or plastic wrap
Mouth-barrier device
Plastic safety goggles

High Adventure First-Aid Kits

Northern Tier

From Northern Tier First-Aid Kit (2012 Printing) —

For Northern Tier, all BSA crews traveling with a BSA National Tour and Activity Plan should carry a first-aid kit. The kit can be personalized to meet the demands of the crew. The following items are recommended by the BSA National Health and Safety Committee to be used by Scouting and Venturing units doing high adventure activities. The crew’s first-aid kit should be stored in a waterproof container for use en route as well as at Northern Tier and should contain the following items:

___ Adhesive bandages (assorted sizes)
___ Knuckle and fingertip bandages
___ Steri strips
___ Moleskin/molefoam
___ Second skin
___ Gauze pads—3” x 3”
___ Adhesive tape—1” x 15’
___ 1” or 2” roll of gauze
___ 4” elastic bandage
___ Oval eye patch
___ Antibiotic ointment
___ Disposable alcohol wipes
___ Triangular bandage
___ Acetaminophen
___ Ibuprofen tablets
___ Cold caplets
___ Antacids
___ Antihistamines
___ Steroid cream
___ Anaphylaxis kit (if needed)
___ Throat lozenges
___ Small bar soap
___ Lip balm
___ Thermometer
___ Scissors
___ Tweezers
___ Safety pins
___ Side cutters
___ Nitrile or latex gloves
___ Barrier device for resuscitation
___ Sunscreen
___ First-aid manual

* BE SURE to share this list with all crew members, advisors and parents prior to departure for Northern Tier.
** CHECK all medical forms prior to departure for Northern Tier, noting allergies and other special considerations.
*** ANY PERSON REQUIRING prescribed medication should personally carry the medication with a back-up supply in the kit, controlled by the adult advisor(s)

Philmont Scout Ranch

From Philmont Guide to Adventure (2018 Printing) pg. 46 —

For the Philmont Scout Ranch These items are recommended for a first-aid kit to be used by a crew en route to, during, and returning home from a Philmont trek.

____ 25 assorted Band-aids
____ 10 gauze pads-4x4
____ 1 tape 1”x 5 yards
____ 1 elastic bandage-4”
____ Hydrocortisone cream
____ Tylenol
____ Ibuprofen
____ Antacids
____ Medicated foot powder
____ Non latex gloves
____ Blister Kit (moleskin/second skin)
____ Antihistamine (Benadryl)
____ Disposable alcohol wipes
____ Triple antibiotic ointment
____ CPR barrier device
____ Triangular bandage
____ Small scissors
____ Throat lozenges/cough drops
____ Tweezers
____ Ziploc bag or small biohazard bag

Florida Sea Base

From Sea Base Sailing Participant's Manual (2017 Printing) —

For Florida Sea Base, each crew must provide a Sea Base specific First-Aid Kit. A Sea Base specific first-aid kit is comprised of a standard first-aid kit as well as the following items, which are available in the Ship Store (except as noted):

  1. ____ SPF 35 or greater biodegradable, reef safe sunscreen.
  2. ____ Vinegar, small plastic bottle. (not in ship store)
  3. ____ Sea Sickness Medication – Bonine®.
  4. ____ SPF 35 or greater lip balm.
  5. ____ Non-aerosol, non-spray insect repellent.
  6. ____ Swimmers Ear Drops.
  7. ____ Benadryl®

The Summit Bechtel Reserve

The Summit does not publish a unique list of contents for a first-aid kit. It only specifies that each crew must bring their own first-aid kit. Presumably the Patrol/Troop First-Aid Kit specified in the Boy Scout Handbook (and listed above) would suffice for that crew first-aid kit.

Pet First-Aid Kit

Dog Care merit badge requirement #7f says "List the things needed in every dog owner's first-aid kit."

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Bloodborne pathogens

The following text is from a superceded version of the Guide to Safe Scouting. The May 2018 version of the guide deleted the section dealing with precautions for blood.

Treat all blood as if it were contaminated with bloodborne viruses. Do not use bare hands to stop bleeding; always use a protective barrier. Always wash exposed skin area with hot water and soap immediately after treating the victim. The following equipment is to be included in all first-aid kits and used when rendering first-aid to those in need:

___ Latex or vinyl gloves, to be used when stopping bleeding or dressing wounds
___ A mouth-barrier device for rendering rescue breathing or CPR
___ Plastic goggles or other eye protection to prevent a victim's blood from getting into the rescuer's eyes in the event of serious arterial bleeding
___ Antiseptic, for sterilizing or cleaning exposed skin area, particularly if there is no soap or water available.
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  Healthcare Bloodborne Pathogens Training Videos

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First Aid Links

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Note well: the 13th Edition of the Boy Scout Handbook designates "triple antibiotic ointment" as "optional" and adds "a small tube of hydrocortisone cream" as an "optional" component.
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