Emergency Preparedness BSA – Cub Scout Requirements

Here is a BSA award I came across recently. I had never heard of this one before. It is all about emergency preparedness.

Today I am sharing the Cub Scout requirements. This might make a nice theme for a pack event. There are different requirements for Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters. More information is available from the BSA website.

Emergency Preparedness BSA

Tiger Cub Requirements

  • Complete Tiger Cub Achievement 3—Keeping Myself Healthy and Safe. This achievement covers a family fire plan and drill and what to do if separated from the family.
  • Complete Tiger Cub Elective 27—Emergency! This elective helps a Tiger Cub be ready for emergencies and dangerous situations and has him discuss a family emergency plan with his family.
  • With your parent or guardian’s help, complete one of these three activities.
    • Take the American Red Cross First Aid for Children Today (FACT) course.
    • Join a safe kids program such as McGruff Child Identification, Internet Safety, or Safety at Home.
    • Show and tell your family household what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.

Wolf Cub Scout Requirements

  • Complete Wolf Cub Scout Achievement 9—Be Safe at Home and on the Street. This is a check of your home to keep it safe.
  • Complete Wolf Cub Scout Elective 16—Family Alert. This elective is about designing a plan for your home and family in case an emergency takes place.
  • With your parent or guardian’s help, complete one of the following activities that you have not already completed for this award as a Tiger Cub:
    • Take American Red Cross Basic Aid Training (BAT) to learn emergency skills and care for choking, wounds, nose bleeds, falls, and animal bites. This course includes responses for fire safety, poisoning, water accidents, substance abuse, and more.
    • Make a presentation to your family on what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.
    • Join a Safe Kids program such as McGruff Child Identification program. Put on a training program for your family or den on stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home.

Bear Cub Scout Requirements

  • Complete Bear Cub Scout Achievement 11—Be Ready. The focus of this achievement is the best way to handle emergencies.
  • Make a small display or give a presentation for your family or den on what you have learned about preparing for emergencies.
  • With your parent or guardian’s help, complete one of the following activities that you have not already completed for this award as a Tiger Cub or Wolf Cub Scout:
    • Take American Red Cross Basic Aid Training (BAT) to learn emergency skills and care for choking, wounds, nose bleeds, falls, and animal bites. This course includes responses for fire safety, poisoning, water accidents, substance abuse, and more..
    • Put together a family emergency kit for use in the home.
    • Organize a safe kids program such as McGruff Child Identification program. Put on a training program for your family or den on stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home.

Webelos Scout Requirements

  • Earn the Readyman activity badge from the community badge group.
  • Build a family emergency kit, with an adult family member participating in the project.
  • With your parent or guardian’s help, complete one of the following that you have not already completed for this award as a Tiger Cub or Wolf or Bear Cub Scout:
    • Take a first aid course conducted by your local American Red Cross chapter.
    • Give a presentation to your den on preparing for emergencies.
    • Organize a training program for your Webelos den on stranger awareness, Internet safety, or safety at home.
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11 Responses to Emergency Preparedness BSA – Cub Scout Requirements

  1. boy scout April 21, 2011 at 11:41 AM #

    This post is really helpful..Thanks!!

  2. Tim April 23, 2011 at 7:37 AM #

    We started this for our March Pack meeting. The Tigers need a different Red Cross course than the rest of the Pack. I wanted to do this as effectively as possible and without the Red Cross course it seems to be another Craft Project.(thinking like a Cub here) For the gathering game I handed each Cub a pencil and paper and told them to write down their emergency plan of escape for a fire drill. I then had the parent read it to the pack. It was both fun and I am sure caused many conversations later at home. I think that all of them re-went over their plans that night.

    Looking at the Tigers developmentally next to even the Wolves I did not want to make them take the BAT. If anyone did make this work at a pack level with the Red Cross, I would love to hear the details.

    We did have the Police give a multimedia demonstration about internet safety and the McGruff child identification and stranger awareness.

  3. Karen May 1, 2011 at 5:37 PM #

    Our pack has been working on this pin for the past 2 months. As a grand finale, our campout focused on Emergency Preparedness. We had a final refresher, then broke out into dens to locate the victim (Boy Scout) via GPS, then Check – Call – Care. There were about 20 different scenarios in 6 different locations, ranging from insect bite to head injury. The Boys Scouts commented that the Tigers had the best response. I’m not sure how the Tiger Leaders accomplished this; I know they focused on First Aid for about 10 minutes in each den meeting, then the boy discussed what they learned at home.

  4. Tara Wright March 18, 2013 at 9:30 PM #

    do you know if it has to be the American Red Cross Basic Aid Training or would another form of the same class work.

    • Scouter Mom March 19, 2013 at 9:52 AM #

      If the requirement calls out a specific course, then that is probably the one they should take. There are other options listed there though. They only have to do one of the items listed for the third requirement.

    • Anonymous July 29, 2013 at 7:21 PM #

      I’ve had a really difficult time Hearing back from the local red cross so I asked my council if I could have the fireman who does the 1st aid merit badge for the troop cover the class instead. As long as the same information is covered they said it was an ok substitute.

    • Doug October 5, 2013 at 6:27 PM #

      Fact just requires some books, not a qualified instructor:

      http://www.redcross.org/co/denver/about-us/contact-us/request-a-red-cross-presentation/health-safety

      Same for BAT.

      There’s a source for the books at that link.

  5. Read This June 9, 2013 at 2:36 AM #

    I love the data on your site. Thnx!

  6. Mike September 15, 2013 at 7:10 AM #

    For our Tiger Den, we earned the BSA Cyber Chip, which we also counted as the Internet Safety Program for the Emergency Preparedness Award. For their age level, it worked out well.

  7. Stephen Crosby November 20, 2014 at 8:14 PM #

    There doesn’t have to be a certified instructor for the FACT course for Tigers, get the books from the Red Cross. 25 each order for about 15.00. They have discontinued the leaders book.
    Give to the Tigers parents and have them go over it at home.

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