January 13, 2019
The First Aid Meet is an event that challenges Scouts in troops to perform first aid in simulated real-life situations. Scouts in patrols compete in practical first aid problems, displaying hands-on skills from the Boy Scout Handbook, First Aid Merit Badge pamphlet and current American Red Cross guidelines. The top three scoring patrols represent the district at the council First Aid Meet.
The registration fee is $10 for every Scout. The registration fee includes a patch; extra patches can be purchased for $5. All participants must be preregistered online by November 8, 2017. There will be no registrations taken at the door.
Before registering, have the total number of Scouts participating, patrol names, number of Scouts per patrol, name of the adult judge for each patrol and the name and contact number for an adult volunteer for each patrol.
The venue supports up to four scenario stations. Register early to get an earlier time slot! Follow us on Facebook to find out when registration opens. Council refund policy.
Registration is only completed by the unit leadership online with credit card, electronic check or PayPal. Council refund policy.
Registration opens in November.
Volunteers should arrive at 1:00 pm. Patrols should plan to arrive and register at 2:00 pm
What to Bring
- BSA Annual Health and Medical form (Parts A, B) for every participant
- Scouts should wear their field (Scout) uniform
- Tennis shoes
- Water and snacks, optional
- Every patrol is expected to provide:
- Patrol flag
- First aid kit, per BSA Handbook guidelines
- Materials for making an improvised stretcher (e.g., poles, two blankets). Extra points if made from backpacking gear.
- One sleeping bag
- Rescue breathing apparatus.
- Minimum of three and maximum of six Scouts per patrol. A Webelos Scout can serve as the victim.
- One adult judge per patrol
- Patrol roster, list of Scouts
- Pencils for written test. The written test is a patrol effort and is not open book, so prepare.
First Aid Meet Rules
Each patrol will be given a realistic scenario and a set amount of time to solve each problem using teamwork, first aid supplies that they provide and recommended treatment.
- Teams: Teams should be from regular existing (natural) patrols. Each team should be composed of a minimum of five members.
- 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. Patrols will rotate locations to complete the scenarios.
- Judging: Each participating patrol must provide one adult leader to be a judge. The scenarios and their treatment will be based on the Boy Scout Handbook and the latest edition of the First Aid Merit Badge book. Scenario judges will be assigned one scenario to judge. There will be two judges per station. The judge will remain in the same station to ensure consistency in scoring. Judges will be given one “solution sheet” per patrol on which they will mark the results of their evaluation. Score sheets will be provided to judges along with onsite training. The score sheets are structured with objective yes/no criteria so all Scouters are qualified to be judges.
- Volunteers: Volunteers are needed to help run the event including registration, setup, coordination of judges, score sheet collection, score tallying\posting and clean-up after. Each participating patrol must provide one adult to be a volunteer.
- Awards: Each participant will receive a patch. The top three patrols will be awarded. The first and second place patrols will represent the Aquila District in the Sam Houston Area Council Meet. Only those patrol members who participated in the district meet with their winning patrol can participate in the council meet. The third place patrol will serve as an alternate.
Format of the Meet
- Each patrol will be presented interactive first aid scenarios during which the patrol will describe and demonstrate their actions and respond hands-on.
- The judge will read the scenario to the team and record their responses and actions. The team may ask for the judge to repeat the information.
- Patrol members should take turns as “victims.” That is, no patrol member should serve as the victim for two successive problems, and no one should serve as a victim a second time until everyone else in the patrol has been a victim at least once. The victim should be selected before the problem is read to the patrol. Only exception is if the patrol has chosen to bring a Cub Scout as their victim.
- Each scenario will be allotted a 15-minute time frame. During the 15 minutes, one “victim” will be designated, the problem will be recited by the judge, the patrol will be asked to describe and demonstrate their solution, and the judges will briefly critique the results of the problem with the patrol before rotating to the next scenario station.
- During the first aid scenario section, the patrols will rotate through stations. The judges and victims will remain in their assigned location for the duration of the section.
- The approximate duration of the meet is two to three hours depending on entries.
Patrol First-Aid Kit
You can buy a kit, or make your own. Include at least\minimum the following items:
- One 2-inch roller bandage
- Two bars soap
- Two 1-inch roller bandages
- Insect repellent
- Two rolls of 1-inch adhesive tape
- Paper cups
- 24 alcohol swabs
- Water purification tablets
- One box assorted adhesive
- Safety pins
- Two elastic bandages, 3-6 inches wide
- Sunburn lotion
- 12 3-by-3-inch sterile pads
- Baking soda
- Petroleum jelly
- Two pairs latex gloves
- Eye goggles
- Mouth-barrier device
- Six triangular bandages, 40-inch
We are fortunate to have the use of these facilities at the St. Thomas Episcopal School. Recognizing we are guests, all those attending be mindful of the following rules of etiquette:
- Food and drinks must be carefully consumed and disposed of in proper cans.
- Sneakers or tennis shoes should be worn.
- Participants and others must stay in the designated event area.
An evaluation form will be distributed to each patrol as they register. We appreciate your candid feedback – positive and negative! We are anxious to receive your feedback on the meet, facilities, logistics, etc.
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, Clay Burns.