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All instruction for and participation in activities for the BSA Ready & Prepared Award must follow all precautions and safety measures laid out in the Guide to Safe Scouting and other Scouting literature.

When a Boy Scout troop, Varsity Scout team,[Note 1] or Venturing crew[Note 2] has fulfilled the requirements, it should submit a completed award application to the local council.

A unit can earn the Gold Award this year, work on the remaining three elective requirements, and earn the Silver Award next year.

Mandatory Requirements


1. At least three registered adults in the unit are trained in Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense.

2. Two or more registered members, including at least one adult, are trained in first aid and CPR by a recognized agency such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.

Youth Protection

3. Every registered adult in the unit was trained in BSA Youth Protection within the past three years.[Note 3]

4. Within the past 12 months the unit has viewed the appropriate Youth Protection video.

  • "A Time to Tell" (ages 11 to 14)
  • "Personal Safety Awareness" (ages 14 to 20)

5. All registered adults and all adults listed as drivers on tour permits[Note 4] for activities occurring during the past six months have read and signed the Driver's Pledge Adobe Acrobat PDF.

6. The Scoutmaster, Coach, or Advisor; assistant Scoutmasters, Coaches, or Advisors; and unit committee chair have in their possession and have read the most current Guide to Safe Scouting.

Premises Safety

7. Unit members have conducted a safety check of their meeting place using the checklist in the Guide to Safe Scouting.

8. The unit first-aid kit was updated in the past six months and is complete.


9. During the past 12 months the unit filed all required tour permits with the local council. A national tour permit is required for all activities in which travel is 500 or more miles one-way. Local councils set requirements for travel fewer than 500 miles one-way.

Driving/Traffic Safety

Troops and Teams Only

10. At least half of the Scouts registered in the unit have earned the Traffic Safety merit badge.

Venturing Crews Only

10. All youth with a driving permit or driver's license have taken Venturing Out: Keys to Safe Driving Microsoft PowerPoint PPT document online or have attended a group presentation.

Elective Award Requirements

In addition to the mandatory requirements, units must complete three of these elective requirements to earn the Gold Award or six to earn the Silver Award.

Youth Training

Troops and Teams Only

1. At least half of the registered Scouts have earned the First Aid merit badge.

Venturing Crews Only

1. At least half of the registered crew members are trained in CPR by a recognized agency such as the American Red Cross or the American Heart Association.


2. At least 75 percent of unit members have completed requirements for the To Be Physically Fit BSA Award or the Quest Award. Details on these awards can be found on the BSA Web site.


3. The unit has filed a Unit Money Earning Application Adobe Acrobat PDF with the local council for all unit fund-raising activities occurring in the past 12 months.

Special Achievements

4. At least half of the Scouts registered in the unit have earned the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award. Details about this award are located on the BSA Web site.

5. Unit members have conducted a safety promotion within their community. Areas of interest include Climb On Safely, winter sports, bicycle safety, shooting sports, using tools and equipment, wilderness camping, and using fuels.

6. Each member of the unit has read chapter 6, Managing Risk, in the Fieldbook[Note 5]

7. The unit has a risk management or health and safety officer. This position can be youth or adult. Attach a copy of the responsibilities of this position to the award application.

Source: Boy Scouts of America: BSA Ready & Prepared Award<<<===== This link is dead as of November 11, 2012; [ Archived link: here ]


  1. Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.
  2. "Prior to February 2015, Sea Scouts were considered members of the Venturing program and were eligible to earn Venturing awards and recognitions through December 31, 2016. Effective January 1, 2017, eligibility for all Venturing awards and recognitions is limited to registered Venturers." (Guide to Advancement § Boy Scout Advancement in Sea Scouts)
  3. Since this award was established, BSA revised its policy and now requires youth protection training every two years for every registered adult.
  4. Effective March 1, 2011, what were formerly known as local and national Tour Permits were superseded by the Tour Plan. The online tour permit system has been suspended.
  5. While the 4th edition of the Fieldbook (© 2004) includes Chapter 6. Managing Risk, the same topics in the 5th edition (© 2014) are now in Chapter 11. Emergency Preparedness.

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