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Resources include the First Aid merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

This is the Boy Scout First Aid Merit Badge.
Venturers can also work on the First Aid Ranger Award elective
Webelos Scouts can earn the Readyman activity badge.
First Aid requires prior counselor approval for requirement(s) #6c.
The First Aid requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.
First Aid merit badge required required for the Eagle Scout rank.
First Aid merit badge
Image:First Aid.jpg
Status: Eagle-required
Created: 1911
Renamed from: Ambulance "Badge of Merit"
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.

The First Aid merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911. It replaced the 1910 Ambulance "Badge of Merit".

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.
  3. The BSA First Aid Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include First Aid as one of your monthly themes.
  4. First Aid merit badge is on the Sea Scout Able rank required list (requirement 13)

Requirement resources

The Troop Emergency Preparedness Monthly Theme includes meeting and activity materials.

1. Tenderfoot Rank First Aid Requirements

11. Poisonous Plants
12a. Choking
12b. Cuts and Scratches - Blisters - Burns - Bites and Stings - Snakebite - Nosebleed - Frostbite - Sunburn

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Second Class Rank First Aid Requirements
6a. Choking - Bleeding - Poisoning
6b. First Aid Kit
6c. Object in Eye - Bites and Stings - Puncture Wounds - Burns - Heat Exhaustion - Shock - Heat Stroke - Dehydration - Hypothermia - Hyperventilation

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First Class Rank First Aid Requirements
8c.Transporting an Injured Person
8d. Heart Attack - CPR

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2a. Video: Calling 911
2b. Triage
2c. Bloodborne Pathogens
2d. First Aid Kit
3a. Shock - Heart Attack - Stroke
3b. CPR
3c. AED
3d. Bleeding
3e. Bee Sting
3f. Heat Stroke
4a. Broken Bones
4b. Head, Neck, and Back Injuries
5. You can use the chart in the First Aid Workbook
5a. Hypothermia
5b. Convulsions/Seizures
5c. Frostbite
5d. Dehydration
5e. Bruises - Sprains - Strains
5f. Burns
5g. Abdominal Pain
5h, 5i. Tooth Injury
5j. Muscle Cramps
6a, 6b. Transporting an Injured Person
6c. AED
7. Communications Merit Badge #6 is to also teach a skill.

Related awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal
Venturing portal
General Merit Badge information
First Aid Kit
Emergency Kit

External links

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