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 lifesaver elective.

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 one.

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 activity goals.

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
    P.O. Box 37243
    Washington, DC 20013

  • Or contact your local Red Cross chapter.

  • Wilderness Medical Associates
    189 Dudley Road
    Bryant Pond, ME 04219

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