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Search and Rescue - In-Person Class Notes

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

Your Scout uniform is required to be worn when attending this merit badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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 Search and Rescue 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Search and Rescue Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Search and Rescue merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Search and Rescue - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 Search and Rescue Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Search and Rescue Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

1.

Do the following:

(a)

Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in search and rescue (SAR) activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

(b)

Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in SAR activities, including: snakebites, dehydration, shock, environmental emergencies such as hypothermia or heatstroke, blisters, and ankle and knee sprains.

2.

Demonstrate knowledge to stay found and prevent yourself from becoming the subject of a SAR mission.

(a)

How does the buddy system help in staying found and safe?

(b)

How can knowledge of the area and its seasonal weather changes affect your plans?

(c)

Explain how the Ten Essentials are similar to a "ready pack."

3.

Discuss the following with your counselor:

(a)

The difference between search and rescue

(b)

The difference between PLS (place last seen) and LKP (last known point)

(c)

The meaning of these terms:

(1)

AFRCC (Air Force Rescue Coordination Center)

(2)

IAP (Incident Action Plan)

(3)

ICS (Incident Command System)

(4)

Evaluating search urgency

(5)

Establishing confinement

(6)

Scent item

(7)

Area air scent dog

(8)

Briefing and debriefing

4.

Find out who in your area has authority for search and rescue and what their responsibilities are. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain the official duties of a search and rescue team.

5.

Working with your counselor, become familiar with the Incident Command System. You may use any combination of resource materials, such as printed or online. Discuss with your counselor how features of the ICS compare with Scouting's patrol method.

Scouts who have already completed the original requirement 5 as published in the current *Search and Rescue merit badge pamphlet need not redo this updated requirement in order to earn the badge.*

6.

Identify four types of search and rescue teams and discuss their use or role with your counselor. Then do the following:

(a)

Interview a member of one of the teams you have identified above, and learn how this team contributes to a search and rescue operation. Discuss what you learned with your counselor.

(b)

Describe the process and safety methods of working around at least two of the specialized SAR teams you identified above.

(c)

Explain the differences between wilderness, urban, and water SARs.

**A

Note About Unauthorized and Restricted Activities**

The BSA's Guide to Safe Scouting states under "Unauthorized and Restricted Activities" that flying in aircraft as part of a search and rescue mission is an unauthorized activity for youth members. For complete information, see BSA'a Scouting Safely web page.

7.

Discuss the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) system, latitude, and longitude. Then do the following:

(a)

Using a 1:24,000 scale USGS topographic map, show that you can identify a location of your choice using UTM coordinates.

(b)

Using a 1:24,000 scale map, ask your counselor to give you a UTM coordinate on the map, then identify that location.

(c)

Show that you can identify your current location using the UTM coordinates on a Global Positioning System (GPS) unit and verify it on a 1:24,000 scale map.

(d)

Determine a hypothetical place last seen, and point out an area on your map that could be used for containment using natural or human-made boundaries.

8.

Choose a hypothetical scenario, either one presented in this merit badge pamphlet or one created by your counselor. Then do the following:

(a)

Complete an incident objectives form for this scenario.

(b)

Complete an Incident Action Plan (IAP) to address this scenario.

(c)

Discuss with your counselor the behavior of a lost person and how that would impact your incident action plan (for example, the differences between searching for a young child versus a teen).

(d)

After completing 8a – 8c, discuss the hypothetical scenario with your counselor.

9.

Discuss with your counselor the terms hasty team and hasty search. Then do the following:

(a)

Plan and carry out a practice hasty search – either urban or wilderness – for your patrol or troop. Include the following elements in the search: clue awareness, evidence preservation, tracking the subject, and locating the subject using attraction or trail sweep.

(b)

When it’s over, hold a team debriefing to discuss the hasty search. Discuss problems encountered, successful and unsuccessful tactics, and ideas for improvement.

10.

Find out about three career or volunteer opportunities in search and rescue. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this professional or volunteer position. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this position might interest you.