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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. It is based on a game described by Rudyard Kipling. This version of the game helps Scouts learn what should be in a home first aid kit.

We played this game at Scoutmaster training. Kim’s game is a great way to reinforce lists of items required for a kit or activity. Have your youth leaders talk about home first aid kits first and then they can play the game to cement it in their minds.

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

Kim’s Game is a memory game. Participants are shown a number of items. Then the items are covered. Participants try to remember the items in a particular category.


  • two blankets – approximately the same size
  • pencils and paper
Assorted items for a home first aid kit – see the suggested list below
  • Two 2″ roller bandages
  • roll of adhesive tape
  • 3 ×3 sterile pads
  • adhesive bandage strips
  • 3 elastic bandages
  • thermometer
  • scissors
  • tweezers
  • safety pins
  • calamine lotion
  • 2 pair examination gloves
  • antiseptic
  • antibiotic ointment
  • water based burn gel
  • mouth barrier device


  • Arrange the items on a blanket. Have the second blanket ready for use.
Play Kim’s Game
  1. Let the Scouts look at the items on the blanket for a minute (or longer for younger Scouts).
  2. Cover up the items with the second blanket. Give the Scouts a few minutes to write down everything they remember.
  3. Count up the number of items each Scout listed correctly.
  4. Uncover the items on the blanket and let them look at them again.
  5. If time permits, let them talk about the items and how they would be used.

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.

How to Build Your Own First-Aid Kit

This article and video from Scout Life Magazine provides lists of what items should be in your personal first aid kit, your troop first aid kit, and your home first aid kit.


2 responses to “Kim’s Game with Items for a Home First Aid Kit”

  1. Elisha Avatar

    Great idea for a scouting game. An a good traditional choice incorporating Kim’s game into the exercise.

    Thank you

  2. Elisha Avatar

    Here is another suggestion that I can contribute in teaching older scouts to remember a list of basic first aid kit items and then getting them to consolidate the knowledge.

    Foreword- I believe that the cooler a mnemonic for teenagers the more it will stick.

    I started off by telling the scouts a few medical stories from my experiences (I work as a MD in a nearby hospital.)

    I then ended the punchline with- “Practicing first aid is BADT ASS- 3x badder than anything else”

    B- Bandages (Elastic roller/Crepe/Triangular)
    A- Adhesives (Elastoplast, Micropore,band aids)
    D- Dabs (gauze swabs), dons (gloves) and Dont kiss (cpr mouth piece)
    T- Tweezers

    A- Antiseptic
    S- Scissors
    S- Safety Pins

    I would love to hear your thoughts.

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