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First Aid for Cuts Demonstration

When you are doing first aid instruction, it is best to demonstrate it as much as possible. Here is a way they showed us at a Pow Wow a few years ago. I did this with my previous Webelos den and they really enjoyed it.

Their favorite part was putting on the latex gloves. Then when they were finished they blew them all up like balloons.

The demonstration below helps Scouts understand basic first aid for cuts.

Steps for First Aid for Cuts

  1. First, clean the wound. Rinse the cut thoroughly with water. This will remove any dirt or debris that may have entered the wound. Then gently pat the area dry with a clean cloth or sterile gauze.
  2. Next, stop the bleeding. Apply gentle pressure with the gauze or clean cloth until the bleeding stops. If the bleeding does not stop, seek medical attention.
  3. Apply an over-the-counter antiseptic cream or ointment to the wound to prevent infection.
  4. Cover the wound with a sterile adhesive bandage or dressing to protect it from dirt and further injury.
  5. Check the wound daily to ensure that it is healing properly. If the wound shows signs of infection, such as redness, swelling, or discharge, seek medical attention.

If the cut is deep, long, or located on a joint, seek medical attention right away.

If the cut is bleeding heavily, apply direct pressure and seek medical attention immediately.

First Aid for Cuts Demonstration

• Red marker
• Antiseptic
• Band-Aids
• Small latex gloves
• Gauze pads
• Tape


1. Give each Scout a small “cut” with the marker – just a quarter inch or so.
2. Have them wash the cut with soap and water and apply the antiseptic.
3. Then have them put a band-aid on the cut.
4. Next give them a larger “cut” with the marker – about a half inch.
5. For this “cut”, they will bandage each other, so have them put the gloves on.
6. Show them how to apply pressure and have them practice this on each other.
7. Let them cover each other’s cuts with a gauze pad and secure it with tape.
8. You can also show them how to use a neckerchief to secure the pad.

Related Resources for First Aid for Cuts

First Aid Baseball

First Aid Baseball Game for Scouts BSA and Webelos

First aid baseball is another fun way to review first aid skills with Scouts BSA and Webelos. There are instructions for the game and a set of question cards included in the printable file.

Kims Game with Items for a Home First Aid Kit

Kim’s Game with Items for a Home First Aid Kit

Kim’s game is a traditional Scouting game which was introduced by Sir Robert Baden-Powell. This version teaches Webelos what should be in their first aid kit.


6 responses to “First Aid for Cuts Demonstration”

  1. sharla Avatar

    I love your site!!! thanks for your AWESOME ideas!!!

  2. Malinda Avatar

    Thank you! So helpful!

  3. jotin Avatar

    Thanks for the tips! Very helpful!

  4. Jenny Avatar

    Just wanted to say thanks for everything on this site! I’ve used lots of things with my wolves and with my brownie girl scouts. The cubs ran screaming from me when I said I was going to give them cuts to bandage. 🙂

  5. Kristen Avatar

    I used Zombie tattoo kits with fake blood (about $2 around Halloween at Walmart) to make very realistic “wounds” for my Cub Scouts to practice bandaging. They loved it!

  6. Scouter Jim Avatar
    Scouter Jim

    Great idea, I also made a simple First Aid Kit using small plastic paint bottles (I bought mine @ Hobby Lobby $2.49 for 6) or Film containers. Used Avery labels with First Aid written on it.

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