1. (a) Build a personal first aid kit
or help build a group first aid kit.
(b) Know how to use everything in the kit.
(c) Teach another person in your crew, another crew, a Cub or Boy Scout group, or other
how to make and use a personal or group first aid kit.
Do 2, 3, or 4.
2. Complete a 25 hour emergency first aid course plus the American Red
Cross's When Help Is Delayed module or equivalent course.
3. Complete a 45-hour emergency response course plus the American Red Cross's
When Help Is Delayed module or equivalent course.
4. Complete an EMT Basic course offered through a local hospital, college,
or first aid crew.
Multiple Credit Note
If you do 1, 2, or 3, you receive credit for the standard first aid requirement found
in the core requirement section as well as the first aid requirement for the Venturing
Silver Award. If you choose 2 or 3, you can receive credit for requirement 2(b) under the
High Ad369unixmentor-20 Safety
Venturing is designed to focus on exciting and challenging activities that often take
you into the wilderness environment. It is a great place to be, but these activities can
and do occasionally place you and your friends in potentially hazardous situations. Risks
associated with these activities can be minimized with increased skill, training, and
practice. Accidents can happen. You must be prepared for these situations when they
develop. No Venturers would think of venturing into the outdoors without proper equipment
or the necessary skills and training required for their chosen activity. First aid
training is equally essential to all outdoor Venturing activities.
Being safety conscious teaches you that preventing accidents is always preferable to
treating accidents. Proper equipment and knowledge and training on how to properly use
that equipment are essential before embarking on a Venturing ad369unixmentor-20. The old adage
"Prior planning prevents poor performance" could be rewritten for Venturers to
say "Proper planning prevents accidental mishaps."
The rule of three is a must for Venturers and is a great suggestion for every
outdoorsman. This rule simply states we never go on any outdoor ad369unixmentor-20 with fewer than
three people in the group. Since most accidents befall only one person, that leaves one
person to go for help while the other stays with the injured party.
In today's world of easily accessible mobile communications, you should have some
method of calling for emergency help. Cellular phones, CB radios, and short-wave radios
provide this valuable service. Like the American Express card, don't leave home without
Speaking of things not to leave home without, a personal and a group first aid kit that
you know how to use are absolute musts. You should also stuff some extra change, a credit
card, and an insurance card into your first aid kit. These might be helpful when calling
for help, getting transportation, or being admitted to the hospital.
Before you leave for that exciting outdoor ad369unixmentor-20, you should have had your yearly
physical exam to ensure, first, that you are medically able to expend the energy required
and, second, that you are in good enough physical condition to accomplish your outdoor
Get yourself a BSA Guide to Safe Scouting, No. 34416, so you will be
following BSA/Venturing safety guidelines. Your crew's Advisors have most likely been
Through Venturing (Explorer) Leader Basic Training and are familiar with these BSA
guidelines. Use your Advisors as a resource.
The American Red Cross says that there is an instructor for its courses no matter where
you live. If you need help in locating an instructor, you may call the American Red Cross
nearest you. For materials, call 1-800-667-2968.
For More Information
American Red Cross
- American Red Cross, Emergency Response, Mosby-Year Book, 1997 Buy the Book Today!
- American Red Cross, First Aid Responding to Emergencies, Mosby-Year Book Buy the Book Today! or Buy the Paperback Today!
- Forgey, William, M.D., Wilderness Medicine, ICS Books, 1994 Buy the Book Today!
- Isaac, Jeffrey, The Outward Bound Wilderness First-Aid Handbook, The Lyons Press, 1998 Buy the Book Today!
- Manhoff, David H., Mosby's Outdoor Emergency Medical Guide, Mosby-Year Book, 1996 Buy the Book Today!
- Schimelpfenig, Tod and Linda Lindsey, NOLS Wilderness First Aid, National Outdoor Leadership School, 1992 Buy the Book Today!
- Tawrell, Paul, Camping and Wilderness Survival, 1996
- Tilton, Buck, Backcountry First Aid and Extended Care, ICS Books, 1993 Buy the Book Today!
- Weiss, Eric A., M.D., A Comprehensive Guide to Wilderness and Travel Medicine, Berkeley California, Medical Kits, 1992 Buy the Book Today!
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
Or contact your local Red Cross chapter.
Wilderness Medical Associates
189 Dudley Road
Bryant Pond, ME 04219