First Aid Merit Badge: Tips and Tricks on Earning it

The First Aid Merit Badge

Lots of scouts all over the U.S. would like to earn the first aid merit badge! If you are putting it off or don't know where to start, now's the time to work on it! Summer camp is a really good time to earn the first aid merit badge if your summer camp offers it. But that is not the only way! I am going to walk you through how to complete each requirement. 

Finding a First Aid Merit Badge Counselor

Finding a Merit Badge Counselor

First aid is an Eagle Required Merit Badge, meaning that you need to earn it in order to earn the Eagle Scout Rank. It also means that you must find a merit badge counselor from your troop. You can tell this because it has a silver border instead of a green border. Most troops offer a list of counselors and their contact info. Talk to your scoutmaster for more information.

Finishing the First Requirement
Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class

The first requirement of the first aid merit badge is to "Demonstrate to your counselor that you have all the current knowledge of all first aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class".  Open your scouting handbook and talk to your counselor a little bit about each one. If you don't know them, then ask your counselor to explain them to you. The requirements should be around page 440 of your scouting handbook depending on the type of handbook you have.

Completing Requirements 2-4, and 6-13.

These requirements are pretty straight forward. You talk to your counselor about each requirement. For a Merit Badge worksheet see resources. You tell them what you know and ask them any questions you may have. Make sure to record all your answers in your merit badge workbook. I will include a link to the worksheet in this post. The most important part is that you know the 8 steps in the first aid method in order, why they are in that order, and what each one really means. Here are the 8 steps of the first aid method:
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  1. Call for Help
  2. Check the Scene
  3. Approach Safely
  4. Provide Urgent Treatment
  5. Protect From Further Injury
  6. Treat for Shock
  7. Make a Thorough Examination
  8. Plan a Course of Action

Requirement 5

Requirement 5 may be the most difficult requirement of all the first aid requirements. It requires you to build a first aid kit for your home and then discuss its contents with your counselor. Once you do that, you need to inspect your troop's first aid kit and discuss the contents of it with your counselor.  Here's a list of things you should have in your first aid kit:
First Aid Kit
  • Bandages
  • Gauze
  • Ace Bandage
  • Alcohol Pads
  • Flashlight
  • Pen & Notepad
  • Scissors
  • Hand Sanitizer
  • Latex Gloves


You can now successfully earn the first aid merit badge without struggling! The best time to meet with your counselor is during a troop meeting. Make sure to study all the knowledge for these requirements and schedule a meeting with your merit badge counselor in advance. See the resources section below for important resources! If you like this. Share this post on social media please subscribe to Scouting Overload to get new content every week!



  1. This is one of the toughest merit badges, good summary


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