First Aid Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky First Aid Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky First Aid Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
First Aid Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - First Aid Merit Badge Workbook
First Aid Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

First Aid Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude


1. Satisfy your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.

Scouts MUST be prepared to show proficiency in all of the rank-required first aid requirements.  The class is not structured to instruct these items as Scouts should already have these skills learned.  This expectation is a Scoutmaster Bucky expectation as to make the most of the time allotted for the class to focus on other requirements.  These first aid knowledge and proficiency requirements help form a base to which the rest of the merit badge is built on.  Scouts should already be working on these requirements as some of their first requirement items in Scouting. No excuses, solid understanding of these rank requirement items is not negotiable, Be Prepared.

Scouts will be given credit for first aid requirements for their current rank, so long as they can show that they have retained some level of comprehension of the requirement(s).  Scouts not First Class will need to clearly show proof of completion of the higher rank first aid requirements.


Tenderfoot Requirement 4:

4A. Show first aid for the following:

- Simple cuts and scrapes

- Blisters on the hand and foot

- Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first-degree)

- Bites or stings of insects and ticks

- Venomous snakebite

- Nosebleed

- Frostbite and sunburn

- Choking

4B. Describe common poisonous or hazardous plants; identify any that grow in your local area or campsite location. Tell how to treat for exposure to them.

4C. Tell what you can do while on a campout or other outdoor activity to prevent or reduce the occurrence of injuries or exposure listed in Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b.

4D. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.


Second Class Requirement 6:

6A. Demonstrate first aid for the following:

- Object in the eye

- Bite of a suspected rabid animal

- Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook

- Serious burns (partial thickness, or second-degree)

- Heat exhaustion

- Shock

- Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation

6B. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, stroke, severe bleeding, and ingested poisoning.

6C. Tell what you can do while on a campout or hike to prevent or reduce the occurrence of the injuries listed in Second Class requirements 6a and 6b.

6D. Explain what to do in case of accidents that require emergency response in the home and backcountry. Explain what constitutes an emergency and what information you will need to provide to a responder.

6E. Tell how you should respond if you come upon the scene of a vehicular accident.


First Class Requirement 7:

7A. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.

7B. By yourself and with a partner, show how to:

 - Transport a person from a smoke-filled-room

- Transport for at least 25 yards a person with a sprained ankle

7C. Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).

7D. Tell what utility services exist in your home or meeting place. Describe potential hazards associated with these utilities and tell how to respond in emergency situations.

7E. Develop an emergency action plan for your home that includes what to do in case of fire, storm, power outage, and water outage.

7F. Explain how to obtain potable water in an emergency.


2. Do the following:

a. Explain how you would obtain emergency medical assistance from your home, on a wilderness camping trip, and during an activity on open water.

Scouts should be prepared to explain what they have found for this requirement component within the discussion portion of the class environment with the counselor and other Scouts.  Consider using a merit badge workbook or notepad to make notes for your reference during the class to aid you in completing this requirement component.

b. Define the term triage. Explain the steps necessary to assess and handle a medical emergency until help arrives.

Scouts should be ready to share with the counselor their understanding of the definition and steps in handling a medical triage situation.  Guidance can be found by reading the First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet and/or (with your parent's permission) utilizing online resources to help provide a better understanding on this requirement component.

c. Explain the standard precautions as applied to bloodborne pathogens.

Scouts should review and be preapred to explain their understanding of this requirement component.  Scouts may want to make notes to reference for ease of explaining during the class as well as to show the counselor that some effort was made to prepare and understand this requirement component.

d. Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.

Scouts will need to prepare a home first aid kit to bring with them to class. This can not be the same as the Tenderfoot Requirement #4D (they are completely different type of first aid kits).  Scouts should utilize the First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet for assistance in understanding recommended contents of a home first aid kit.  Scouts NOT bringing a first aid kit that they have assemebled for home use or some other method of being able to confirm their completion of the requirement component, may be challenged in completing this requirement component during the class.


3. Do the following:

a. Explain what action you should take for someone who shows signals of shock, for someone who shows signals of a heart attack, and for someone who shows signals of stroke.

Scouts should be prepared to share with their counselor their understanding of the signs and signals of these potential life threatening scenarios and the actions to take for each.  Scouts will likely share their understanding through a class discussion headed by the counselor.

b. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Then demonstrate proper technique in performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.

Scouts will work on this component in the class and have an opportunity to demonstrate their CPR technique.  Scouts should prepare for this requirement component by reading the merit badge pamphlet and making any notes they might want to reference to aid them in completing this component.

c. Explain the use of an automated external defibrillator (AED).

Scouts should be prepared with an explanation to share with the counselor and the rest of the scouts in the class when this requirement component is discussed.

d. 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.

Scouts should be ready to show the counselor their understanding of severe cuts and their treatment in relationship to their location and severity also noting when a cut is severe enough to require the use of a tourniquet.  Scouts should be familiar with the basic steps for properly executing a tourniquet as well as the potential hazard or side effects caused by tourniquet usage.

e. Explain when a bee sting could be life threatening and what action should be taken for prevention and for first aid.

Scouts should come to the class prepared to share their explanation for bee sting care.  Scouts may find it beneficial to utilize a merit badge workbook or notepad to make notes to reference to aid them in completing this requirement component.

f. Explain the symptoms of heatstroke and what action should be taken for first aid and for prevention.

Read your merit badge pamphlet and you will find a lot of information that can help you be prepared for explanation to be able to complete this requirement component.


4. Do the following:

a. Describe the signals of a broken bone. Show first-aid procedures for handling fractures (broken bones), including open (compound) fractures of the forearm, wrist, upper leg, and lower leg using improvised materials.

While this requirement component will be talked about and worked on in the class, only Scouts who have prepared ahead of time and can show they have an understanding of the concepts involved in this requirement component will be considered for sign off.  Scouts must prepare by reading up on this requirement component.

b. Describe the symptoms and possible complications and demonstrate proper procedures for treating suspected injuries to the head, neck, and back. Explain what measures should be taken to reduce the possibility of further complicating these injuries.

Only Scouts who come to the class ready with some attempt at preparation on this requirement component will be eligible for sign off on this requirement component during the class.  Scouts must prepare by ensuring that they understand the requirement and properly prepare for discussion on this requirement component.


5. Describe the symptoms, proper first-aid procedures, and possible prevention measures for the following conditions:

a. Hypothermia

b. Convulsions / seizures

c. Frostbite

d. Dehydration

e. Bruises, strains, sprains

f. Burns

g. Abdominal pain

h. Broken, chipped, or loosened tooth

i. Knocked out tooth

j. Muscle cramps

Scouts will find using a merit badge pamphlet workbook or notepad to be very beneficial if not essential to help in preparing for completion of this requirement component.  Scouts will partake in a groups discussion to share their work and ideas while completing this requirement.  Scouts that do not prepare will likely not be able to complete this requirement during the class.   While our counselors will likely be adding knowledge to all Scouts participating, Scouts will NOT be signed off on this or any other requirement that they can not clearly show they have reviewed or read about recently.  The counselor is there to validate completion of the requirement and while usually will offer further insight, is NOT required to serve as educator.  Be Prepared.


6. Do TWO of the following:

a. If a sick or an injured person must be moved, tell how you would determine the best method. Demonstrate this method.

Scouts will work on this requirement during the class.  Scouts should come to the class having prepared for this requirement component. Scouts should NOT expect to complete this requirement component if they arrive at the class having done little to no preparation.  Be Prepared.

b. With helpers under your supervision, improvise a stretcher and move a presumably unconscious person.

This requirement component will also be worked on during the class, however, as with the previous requirement component, no Scout that arrives to the class having not prepared anything for this requirement should NOT expect to be signed off on this requirement.  A part of this requirement is to know how to properly improvise a stretcher, and Scouts who utilize the First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet will have no problem completing this requirement properly if they review and utilize what they learn.

c. With your counselor's approval, arrange a visit with your patrol or troop to an emergency medical facility or through an American Red Cross chapter for a demonstration of how an AED is used.

This requirement component will NOT be completed as a part of this class.  Scouts may however work on this requirement either prior to or after the class.  Scouts having done this requirement prior to the class should plan on bringing proof of their visit.  This still does not guarantee sign off as the counselor must be satisfied with the selection of location as well as the other items within the requirement are completed to his/her satisfaction.  Be Prepared.


7. Teach another Scout a first-aid skill selected by your counselor.

Scouts will have an opportunity to work on this requirement during the class, however it is highly encouraged to make the best attempt to come to the class having proof of already doing this (pictures, video, signed letter, etc).  Remember one part of Scouting is developing leadership, and fulfilling this requirement's expectations at your troop level can be not only rewarding but also beneficial to the dynamic of your home troop.  Make you bring proof with you if you do this at your home troop.

this page last reviewed / updated: October 2017