First Aid Merit Badge
Current Scouts BSA Requirements
as of May 24, 2023
Demonstrate to your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
Explain how you would obtain emergency medical assistance from:
A remote location on a wilderness camping trip
An activity on open water
Define the term triage. Explain the steps necessary to assess and handle a medical emergency until help arrives.
Explain the standard precautions as applied to the transmission of infections. Discuss the ways you should protect yourself and the victim while administering first aid.
Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.
With an adult leader, inspect your troop’s first-aid kit. Evaluate it for completeness. Report your findings to your counselor and Scout leader.
Describe the early signs and symptoms of each of the following and explain what actions you should take:
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.
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.
Show the steps that need to be taken for someone who has a large open wound or cut that is not bleeding severely.
Show the steps that need to be taken for someone who has a large open wound or cut that is severely bleeding.
Explain when it is appropriate and not appropriate to use a tourniquet. List some of the benefits and dangers of the use of a tourniquet.
Describe the proper application of a tourniquet.
Explain when a bee sting could be life threatening and what action should be taken for prevention and for first aid.
Describe the signs and symptoms of an open or closed fracture or dislocation.
Explain what measures should be taken to reduce the likelihood of further complications of fractures and dislocations.
Demonstrate the proper procedures for handling and immobilizing suspected closed or open fractures or dislocations of the
Describe the signs and symptoms, proper first-aid procedures, and possible prevention measures for the following conditions:
Burns—first, second, and third degree
Someone who is unconscious
Broken, chipped, or loosened tooth
Describe the conditions under which an injured person should be moved.
If a sick or an injured person must be moved, tell how you would determine the best method. Demonstrate this method.
With helpers under your supervision, improvise a stretcher and move a presumably unconscious person.
Teach another Scout a first-aid skill selected by your counselor.