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First Aid Program Feature for Scouts BSA Troops

BSA has created updated versions of the Troop Program features for Scouts BSA. The First Aid program feature is available in digital format on the BSA website or can be purchased as a publication from you local Scout Shop.

The First Aid program plan helps Scout learn how to respond to medical emergencies. Scout learn and practice what must be done immediately to help people who are injured or ill. The program feature includes some general information and some more specific ideas for meetings:

  • Take part in first aid simulations (moulage)
  • Learn about the assistance which must be giving while waiting for treatment by medical professionals
  • Understand the concepts of triage
  • The principle of ABCD for urgent first aid (airway, breathing, circulation, defibrillation)
  • How to make an effective 911 call

Suggested troop meeting ideas are grouped by essential, challenging, or advanced. Here are a few you can see in the guide.

  • Role play emergency situations (essential)
  • Discuss universal precautions (challenging)
  • Research wilderness first aid (advanced)
  • Make a simulated 911 call (essential)
  • Review the steps for CPR (challenging)
  • Practice identifying and treating shock (advanced)
  • Learn to treat minor burns, sunburn, frostbite, bites and stings, contact with poisonous plants (essential)
  • Learn to treat head exhaustion, heat stroke, hypothermia, dehydration, burns, and abdominal pain (challenging)
  • Teach first aid skills to others (advanced)
  • Learn to treat cuts, scrapes, object in the eye, puncture wounds, splinters, and nose bleeds (essential)
  • Learn to treat severe bleeding, broken teeth (challenging)
  • Learn first aid for amputations (advanced)
  • Learn to treat sprains and injuries (essential)
  • Practice making splints with improvised materials (challenging)
  • Practice making traction splints and spine immobilization (advanced)

There are also several games suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings . The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.

Then there is the “Main Event”. Once again, there are suggestions for essential, challenging, or advanced. Details and planning aids can be found in the online guide.

  • Hold a first aid clinic to brush up on skills (essential)
  • Hold a first aid championship with realistic scenarios (challenging)
  • Participate in a community disaster drill (advanced)

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