February 4, 2023
The First Aid Meet is an event that challenges Scouts in troops to perform first aid in simulated real-life situations. Patrols compete in practical first aid problems, displaying hands-on skills from the Boy Handbook, First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet and current American Red Cross guidelines. Patrols can also compete at the council First Aid Meet
The troop leadership should register the patrols for the first aid meet.
Registration opens soon
What to Bring
- BSA Annual Health and Medical form (Parts A, B) for every participant
- Each patrol is expected to provide all equipment needed to demonstrate proficiency in first aid problems, including poles and blankets or other material for making an improvised stretcher; a troop/patrol size first aid kit with splints, bandages and sunscreen; rescue breathing apparatus/mannequin (a simple one as illustrated in the registration materials); sleeping bag; bottles of water for patrol members; patrol flag with stand and patrol sign (as shown in registration materials).
First Aid Meet Rules
Each patrol will be presented a problem and will have a set amount of time to solve the problem. At each problem, there will be four performers and one victim (any other patrol member must “sit out”). Each member must serve as a victim in at least one problem situation. No books or pamphlets are allowed.
Scenarios: For each scenario, there will be five Scouts allowed in the contest grid. All other patrol members must "sit out." Each member should serve as a victim in at least one scenario. No books, electronic devices, cards or pamphlets are allowed. The final scenario will be a Mega Scenario, in which all five Scouts will have to actively participate.
Judging: The judging standard will be the current Boy Scout Handbook, First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet and current American Red Cross guidelines. Scouts will need to know how to perform CPR with respirations and compressions and how to use an AED.
Judges: Each patrol should provide at least one Scouter or Scout parent that can serve as a judge. While not mandatory for participation, this adult judge will ensure enough judges to assist with the meet and finish in a timely manner. Judges will be instructed in scoring procedures prior to the scenarios and will not judge their own team.
Notice! Please be advised that promotional videotaping/photography may be in progress at any time at an event. Your entrance constitutes your agreement that the council and district has the right to reproduce your likeness in videography/photography for promotion (e.g., publications, internet, newspaper).
The BSA's Commitment to Safety is ongoing and we want you to know that the safety of our youth, volunteers, staff, and employees cannot be compromised. The Boy Scouts of America puts the utmost importance on the safe and healthy environments for its youth membership. The Sam Houston Area Council takes great strides to ensure the safety of its youth as well as the adult volunteer leadership that interacts with them.
BSA Guide to Safe Scouting policies must be followed. All participants must follow Youth Protection Guidelines at all Scouting events. Highlights include:
- Two-deep leadership on all outings required.
- One-on-one contact between adults and youth members is prohibited.
- The buddy system should be used at all times.
- Discipline must be constructive.
Health and safety must be integrated into everything we do, to the point that no injuries are acceptable beyond those that are readily treatable by Scout-rendered first aid. As an aid in the continuing effort to protect participants in a Scout activity, the BSA National Health and Safety Committee and the Council Services Division of the BSA National Council have developed the "Sweet Sixteen" of BSA safety procedures for physical activity. These 16 points, which embody good judgment and common sense, are applicable to all activities.
Youth Protection Guidelines Guide to Safe Scouting Sweet Sixteen Enterprise Risk Management
For questions, contact the First Aid Meet chair or district activities chair.