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This is the First Aid merit badge for Boy Scouts.
Venturers can also complete the First Aid elective for the Ranger Award
First Aid merit badge is required for the Eagle Scout rank.
First Aid merit badge requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #7a.
First Aid merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Camping.
First Aid merit badge is an option for the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award.

First Aid merit badge
Image:First Aid.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Ambulance
BSA Advancement ID: 008
Requirements revision: 2018
Latest pamphlet revision: 2015

Contents

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.


The First Aid merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Ambulance "Badge of Merit".


First Aid merit badge 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, No. 33216, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Notes

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.
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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.
  3. The BSA First Aid Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include First Aid as one of your monthly themes.
  4. First Aid merit badge is on the Sea Scout Able rank required list (requirement 13)


Requirement resources

The Troop Emergency Preparedness Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.


Related awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information
First Aid Kit
Emergency Kit


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