Emergency Preparedness BSA Award
| This is the Emergency Preparedness BSA Award which can be earned at all levels in Scouting.|
Boy Scouts can also earn the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
Webelos Scouts can also earn the First Responder adventure.
|An award application is available: Emergency Preparedness BSA Application|
|Emergency Preparedness BSA Award|
Worn pinned to the uniform left pocket flap.
Emergency preparedness means being prepared for all kinds of emergencies, able to respond in time of crisis to save lives and property and to help a community—or even a nation—return to normal life after a disaster occurs. To encourage Scouts of all ages to be prepared for emergency situations, the BSA has approved an Emergency Preparedness Award program for members of all ages.
When a member has fulfilled the requirements, a completed application is submitted to the council. Upon approval, the Emergency Preparedness Award, No. 19-304 is awarded. The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once; for instance, as a young person advances through the ranks and is capable of more complex preparedness activities, but only one pin may be worn.
It is a challenge to be prepared for emergencies in our world of man-made and natural phenomena. The Emergency Preparedness BSA program is planned to inspire the desire and foster the skills to meet this challenge in our youth and adult members so that they can participate effectively in this crucial service to their families, communities, and nation.
The emergencies of today's world demand more than ever that our young people and adults be trained as individuals and as units to meet emergency situations. The importance of this training is not new to the Boy Scouts of America, as Scouting has always taught youth to be prepared for all types of emergencies. Since Scouting began in the United States, Scouts have responded to the needs of their communities and nation in time of crisis.
When an emergency occurs, it affects every youth and adult member of BSA in the immediate area, creating the responsibility to respond first, as an individual; second, as a member of a family; and third, as a member of a Scouting unit serving the neighborhood and community. Because of these multiple levels of responsibility, the Emergency Preparedness BSA plan includes training for individual, family, and unit preparedness. Special training in all three areas is a prerequisite for BSA members conducting any type of emergency service in their communities.
- Individual Preparedness
- The primary emphasis of this initial step in the program is to train members to be mentally and emotionally prepared to act promptly and to develop in them the ability to take care of themselves. Teaching young people to know and be able to use practical survival skills when needed is an important part of individual preparedness.
- Family Preparedness
- Since family groups will be involved in most emergency situations, this part of the plan includes basic instructions to help every Scouting family prepare for emergencies. Families will work together to learn basic emergency skills and how to react when faced with fires, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, explosions, warning signals, fallout protection, terrorism attacks, and other emergency situations.
- Community Preparedness
- The program fosters the desire to help others and teaches members how to serve their communities in age-appropriate ways. By taking the age-appropriate First Aid for Children course (Tiger Cubs) and Basic Aid Training (Wolf and Bear Cub Scouts), these boys help ease the burden on the family and community resources. Through all Scouting ranks and for adult members, the responsibilities and skills for community service increase with the members' maturity.
All emergency activities carried out by Scouting units must be appropriate for the ages and abilities of the young people involved. Units should participate only under the supervision of their own leaders, and plans for unit help must be coordinated with community agencies responsible for disaster preparedness.
Emergency Preparedness BSA Award requirements
Individual Emergency Preparedness Award Requirements
Tiger Cub Requirements
Wolf Cub Scout Requirements
Bear Cub Scout Requirements
Webelos Scout Requirements
Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Requirements
Unit Volunteer Scouter Requirements
This award is available to all registered Scouters who serve a unit, including all leaders and committee members. Do any three of the following:
Council/District Volunteer Scouter Requirements
Do any three of the following:
District-, Council-, and Unit-Level Achievement
District- and Council-Level Achievement
If completed three of the above and if 30 percent of your traditional units have achieved the award.
If completed three of the above and if 40 percent of your traditional units have achieved the award.
If completed three of the above and if 50 percent of your traditional units have achieved the award.
Achieve the mandatory requirements below, and do one of the following:
If 30 percent of your youth and adult members have achieved the award.
If 40 percent of your youth and adult members have achieved the award.
If 50 percent of your youth and adult members have achieved the award.
Mandatory Unit Requirements
- Your handbook is your primary reference. See First Aid Skills for step-by-step instructions and lesson video links.
- See also: First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet - First Aid Kit - Emergency Kit - Guide to Safe Scouting - Physcial
Tiger Cub requirement 3. With your parent or guardian's help, complete one of these three activities. . . . Join a safe kids program such as McGruff Child Identification, Internet Safety, or Safety at Home.
- Cyber Chip is an Internet Safety award requiring Tiger Cubs to join NetSmartz.org (without revealing any PII) (NetSmartz is a BSA approved safety program hosted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)
|Emergency Preparedness-related awards
- Emergency Preparedness BSA
- The Emergency Preparedness BSA Award
- Other Youth Awards for Cub Scouts
- Insignia Guidelines for Emergency Preparedness Award Pin (pg. 66)
- Emergency Preparedness Kit
- Make and Emergency Plan
- Emergency Preparedness Resources