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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 merit badge requires prior counselor and/or parent 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
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.

The First Aid merit badge was one of the original 57 merit badges issued by the Boy Scouts of America in 1911.

First Aid requirements

  1. Demonstrate to your counselor that you have current knowledge of all first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks.
  2. Explain how you would obtain emergency medical assistance from:
    a. Your home
    b. A remote location on a wilderness camping trip
    c. An activity on open water
  3. Define the term triage. Explain the steps necessary to assess and handle a medical emergency until help arrives.
  4. Explain the universal precautions as applied to the transmission of infections. Discuss the ways you should protect yourself and the victim while administering first aid.
  5. Do the following:
    a. Prepare a first-aid kit for your home. Display and discuss its contents with your counselor.
    b. With an adult leader. Inspect your troop's first-aid kit. Evaluate it for completeness. Report your findings to your counselor and Scout leader.
  6. Describe the early signs and symptoms of each of the following and explain what actions you should take:
    a. Shock
    b. Heart attack
    c. Stroke
  7. Do the following:
    a. 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.
    b. 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.
  8. Do the following:
    a. Show the steps that need to be taken for someone who has a large open wound or cut that is not bleeding severely.
    b. Show the steps that need to be taken for someone who has a large open wound or cut that is severely bleeding.
    c. Tell the dangers in the use of a tourniquet and the conditions under which its use is justified.
  9. Explain when a bee sting could be life threatening and what action should be taken for prevention and for first aid.
  10. Describe the signs and symptoms and demonstrate the proper procedures for handling and immobilizing suspected closed and open fractures or dislocations of the
    a. Forearm
    b. Wrist
    c. Upper leg
    d. Lower leg
    e. Ankle
  11. Describe the signs, symptoms, and possible complications and demonstrate care for someone with a suspected injury to the head, neck, or back.
  12. Describe the symptoms, proper first-aid procedures, and possible prevention measures for the following conditions:
    a. Anaphylaxis/allergic reactions
    b. Bruises
    c. Sprains or strains
    d. Hypothermia
    e. Frostbite
    f. Burns—first, second, and third degree
    g. Convulsions/seizures
    h. Dehydration
    i. Muscle cramps
    j. Heat exhaustion
    k. Heat stroke
    l. Abdominal pain
    m. Broken, chipped, or loosened tooth
  13. Do the following:
    a. Describe the conditions under which an injured person should be moved.
    b. If a sick or an injured person must be moved, tell how you would determine the best method. Demonstrate this method.
    c. With helpers under your supervision, improvise a stretcher and move a presumably unconscious person.
  14. Teach another Scout a first-aid skill selected by your counselor.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Scouts BSA Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #648914)

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  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

Scouts BSA portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information
First Aid Kit
Emergency Kit

External links

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