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FIRST AID MERIT BADGE

 

 

The First Aid Merit Badge is a difficult merit badge, but required for Eagle requirements. In Scoutmaster Bucky's opinion this should be a Scouts FIRST eagle merit badge that they work on as the learning will benefit Scouts immediately with practical skills and knowledge they can use the rest of their life.

Scouts will find earning the First Aid Merit Badge easier if they already have completed and know the First Aid requirements from the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.  While not required to have completed these ranks in order to work on the First Aid Merit Badge, this is definitely a good merit badge to start with as several other merit badges require aspects of First Aid as a part of their requirements.

If you like the First Aid Merit Badge, consider also doing Emergency Preparedness or Medicine.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday February 9, 2013

Richfield, MN

 

29 Scouts

Saturday October 27, 2012

Osseo, MN

 

49 Scouts

Saturday May 21, 2011

Rockford, MN

 

13 Scouts

Saturday May 1, 2010

Rum River Scout Camp
Anoka, MN

 

24 Scouts

Saturday May 9, 2009

Richfield, MN

 

14 Scouts

 

 

 

Created:

1911

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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First Aid Merit Badge History Page:

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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS

source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition

 

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

 

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.

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

c. Explain the standard precautions as applied to blood borne pathogens.

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

 

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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

 

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.

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.

 

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

 

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.

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

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.

 

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

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015