Boy Scout Advancement Tip
Emergency Preparedness Award
The Emergency Preparedness Award is part of a new BSA program of emphasis for Cub Scouts, Boy Scouts, Venturers, and Leaders, in cooperation with the Federal Department of Homeland Security.
All emergency activities carried out by Scouting units must be appropriate for the ages and abilities of the young people involved. Units should participate only under the supervision of their own leaders, and plans for unit help must be coordinated with community agencies responsible for disaster preparedness.
Boy Scout and Varsity Scout Requirements
- Participate in creating an emergency plan for your home and for your troop or team's Scouting activities. Be sure you know the details of both emergency plans.
- Earn the First Aid or the Emergency Preparedness merit badge.
- With your troop or team, including its adult leaders, participate in emergency preparedness training conducted by community emergency preparedness agencies.
Venturer and Sea Scout Requirements
- Complete all of the Emergency Preparedness core requirement number 4 (page 17, Ranger Guidebook).
- Do one of the following:
- Complete the First Aid core requirement (page 16, Ranger Guidebook). This may be fulfilled either by completing the standard American Red Cross first aid course When Help Is Delayed or by completing the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Course.
- With your crew, including its adult leaders, participate in emergency preparedness training coordinated by community emergency preparedness agencies.
Unit Volunteer Scouter Requirements
This award is available to all registered Scouters who serve a unit, including all leaders and committee members.
Do any three of the following:
- Develop an emergency preparedness program plan and kit for your home and be sure all family members know the plan.
- Participate actively in preparing an emergency plan of action for your Scouting unit meeting place. (This includes all locations where you might have a meeting.)
- Put together a unit emergency kit to be kept at your unit meeting location. (This includes all locations where you might have a meeting.)
- Take a basic first aid/CPR course, or participate as an active volunteer in a community agency responsible for disaster preparedness.