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'''1'''. [[Tenderfoot Rank]], [[Second Class Rank]], and [[First Class Rank]]. <br>
'''2a'''. Dial 911. <br>
'''2b'''. [ Wikipedia: Triage] <br>
'''2c'''. [ Wikipedia: Bloodborne Pathogens]<br>
'''2d'''. [[First Aid Kit]] <br>
'''3a'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Shock] - [ [ WebMD: Shock]
[ Mayo Clinic: Heart attack] - [ WebMD: Heart Attack] - [ Mayo Clinic: Stroke] <br>
'''3b'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)] [ WebMD: CPR]<br>
'''3c'''. [ ACEP: Automatic External Defibrillators] - [ WebMD: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)] <br>
'''3d'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Severe bleeding] - [ WebMD: Bleeding] - [ Wikipedia: Tourniquet]
'''3e'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Insect bites and stings] - [ WebMD:Bites and Stings]<br>
'''3f'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Heatstroke] - [ WebMD: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke]<br>
'''4a'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Fractures (broken bones)] - [ WebMD: Broken Bones]<br>
'''4b'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Head trauma] - [ WebMD: Head Injuries] - [ Mayo Clinic: Spinal injury] - [ WebMD: Neck & Back Injuries]<br>
'''5'''. You can use the chart in the [[Media:First Aid.pdf\\First Aid Workbook]]<br>
'''5a'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Hypothermia] - [ WebMD: Hypothermia]<br>
'''5b'''. [ WebMD: Seizures]<br>
'''5c'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Frostbite] - [ WebMD: Frostbite]<br>
'''5d'''. [ WebMD: Dehydration]<br>
'''5e'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Bruise] - [ WebMD: Bruises] - [ WebMD: Muscle Strain] - [ Mayo Clinic: Sprain] <br>
'''5f'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Burns] - [ WebMD: Burns] <br>
'''5g'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Chest pain] - [ WebMD: Abdominal Pain]<br>
'''5h'''. [ WebMD: Broken or Knocked-out Teeth Treatment]<br>
'''5i'''. [ Mayo Clinic: Tooth loss]
'''5j'''. [ Mayo:Muscle Cramps] - [ NIH: Muscle Cramps] <br>
'''6'''. [ How to Move an Injured Person] <br>
'''6c'''. [ ACEP: Automatic External Defibrillators] - [ WebMD: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)]<br>
'''7'''. [[Communications]] Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill. <br>
'''7'''. [[Communications]] Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill. <br>

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First Aid Merit Badge requirement resources include the Merit Badge Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson video links, and cross-references to related Merit Badges and Boy Scout Awards.
First Aid is the most popular Merit Badge and required for Eagle Scout.
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This is the Boy Scout First Aid Merit Badge.
Venturers can work on the First Aid Ranger Award elective
Webelos Scouts can earn the Readyman Activity Badge.
The First Aid requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.
First Aid requires prior counselor approval for requirement #6c.
First Aid merit badge
Image:First Aid.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1911
Discontinued: no
BSA Advancement ID: 008
Requirements revision: 2008
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


First aid — caring for injured or ill persons until they can receive professional medical care — is an important skill for every Scout. With some knowledge of first aid, a Scout can provide immediate care and help to someone who is hurt or who becomes ill. First aid can help prevent infection and serious loss of blood. It could even save a limb or a life.

First Aid requirements

  1. Satisfy your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot rank, Second Class rank, and First Class rank.
  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. Define the term triage. Explain the steps necessary to assess and handle a medical emergency until help arrives.
    c. Explain the standard precautions as applied to bloodborne 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 needs to 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 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.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2014 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #637685)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for First Aid is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the First Aid requirements. has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks, Webelos workbooks,
Cub Scout workbooks, and Nova Award workbooks.
  1. First Aid merit badge is on the Eagle Scout required list (requirement 3.a.).
  2. The First Aid Merit Badge requirements were updated in 2008.

Requirement resources

1. Tenderfoot Rank, Second Class Rank, and First Class Rank.
2a. Dial 911.
2b. Wikipedia: Triage
2c. Wikipedia: Bloodborne Pathogens
2d. First Aid Kit
3a. Mayo Clinic: Shock - [ WebMD: Shock

Mayo Clinic: Heart attack - WebMD: Heart Attack - Mayo Clinic: Stroke 

3b. Mayo Clinic: Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) WebMD: CPR
3c. ACEP: Automatic External Defibrillators - WebMD: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
3d. Mayo Clinic: Severe bleeding - WebMD: Bleeding - Wikipedia: Tourniquet 3e. Mayo Clinic: Insect bites and stings - WebMD:Bites and Stings
3f. Mayo Clinic: Heatstroke - WebMD: Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke
4a. Mayo Clinic: Fractures (broken bones) - WebMD: Broken Bones
4b. Mayo Clinic: Head trauma - WebMD: Head Injuries - Mayo Clinic: Spinal injury - WebMD: Neck & Back Injuries
5. You can use the chart in the Media:First Aid.pdf\\First Aid Workbook
5a. Mayo Clinic: Hypothermia - WebMD: Hypothermia
5b. WebMD: Seizures
5c. Mayo Clinic: Frostbite - WebMD: Frostbite
5d. WebMD: Dehydration
5e. Mayo Clinic: Bruise - WebMD: Bruises - WebMD: Muscle Strain - Mayo Clinic: Sprain
5f. Mayo Clinic: Burns - WebMD: Burns
5g. Mayo Clinic: Chest pain - WebMD: Abdominal Pain
5h. WebMD: Broken or Knocked-out Teeth Treatment
5i. Mayo Clinic: Tooth loss
5j. Mayo:Muscle Cramps - NIH: Muscle Cramps
6. How to Move an Injured Person
6c. ACEP: Automatic External Defibrillators - WebMD: Automated External Defibrillators (AED)
7. Communications Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill.

Related awards

7. Communications Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill.

Emergency Preparedness Awards
Emergency Preparedness-related awards

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