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and to obey the Scout Law;
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Emergency Prepardness Award

Scouting has instilled in it's members a duty to "be prepared." In today's world that we live in this has never been quite as important. Venturers repeat as part of the Venturing Code, "...I will treasure my American heritage and will do all I can to preserve and enrich it... I will acquire the Venturing attitude that seeks truth in all things and adventure on the frontiers of our changing world." as our world changes, so too must our training and preparedness for the unexpected. This award has age appropriate requirements for each Scouting Program.

Venturer Requirements

  1. Complete all of the Emergency Preparedness core requirement number 4 (page 17, Ranger Guidebook).
  2. Do one of the following:
  • Complete the First Aid core requirement (page 16, Ranger Guidebook This may be fulfilled either by completing the standard American Red Cross first aid course When Help Is Delayed or by completing the American Red Cross Wilderness First Aid Course.
  • With your crew, including its adult leaders, participate in emergency preparedness training coordinated by community emergency preparedness agencies.

Venturing Advisor Requirements

This award is available to all registered Scouters who serve a unit, including all leaders and committee members.

Do any three of the following:

  • Develop an emergency preparedness program plan and kit for your home and be sure all family members know the plan.
  • Participate actively in preparing an emergency plan of action for your Scouting unit meeting place. (This includes all locations where you might have a meeting.)
  • Put together a unit emergency kit to be kept at your unit meeting location. (This includes all locations where you might have a meeting.)
  • Take a basic first aid/CPR course, or participate as an active volunteer in a community agency responsible for disaster preparedness.

Council/District Volunteer Scouter Requirements

Do any three of the following:

  • Develop an emergency preparedness program plan and kit for your home and be sure all family members know the plan.
  • Take a basic first aid/CPR course.
  • Participate as an active volunteer in a community agency responsible for emergency disaster preparedness.
  • Participate actively in developing an emergency preparedness program for a council or district activity. Example: a camporee, Scouting show, fun day, etc.

Procedure

When a member has fulfilled the requirements, a completed application is submitted to the council. Upon approval, an Emergency Preparedness pin is awarded. The pin may be worn on civilian clothing or on the uniform, centered on the left pocket flap. The award may be earned more than once; for instance, as a young person advances through the ranks and is capable of more complex preparedness activities, but only one pin may be worn.

All emergency activities carried out by Scouting units must be appropriate for the ages and abilities of the young people involved. Units should participate only under the supervision of their own leaders, and plans for unit help must be coordinated with community agencies responsible for disaster preparedness.

Recognition

  • Emergency Preparedness BSA pin, No. 00540
  • Emergency Preparedness BSA information pocket card, No. 32185
  • Emergency Preparedness BSA support recognition certificate (8'' x 10"), No. 32186

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