Knowledge of fire safety and the fire triangle is an essential outdoor skill. Scouts should understand the science of fire when camping. Newer scouts often struggle to get a fire going. Understanding the way fire works and what is required to start and sustain a fire not only helps them build fires. It also helps scouts know how to contain fires and put them out.
Fire Safety Merit Badge
The ability to use fire safely is essential to human survival. By earning this merit badge, Scouts will learn to uses fire safely and responsibly, how to prevent home fires, and how to handle fire safely, as well as burn prevention, and camping safety.
Printable helps for requirements:
This checkoff list could be used by a scribe to keep track of which Scouts have earned which merit badges or could be used by an individual Scout.
A reader asks about how old a Scout should be to work on a merit badge. The Guide to Advancement provides some answers.
Fire drills are encouraged throughout scouting programs, from the Lions to Scouts BSA. Print out a basic plan for conducting a home fire drill.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Safety troop program feature for August 2012. This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce kids to safety programs in a troop setting.