January TBD, 2018
Cypress Creek Christian Church
6823 Cypresswood Drive, Spring, TX
8:00 am - noon
The First Aid Meet is an event that challenges Scouts abilities to perform first aid in simulated real-life situations. Boy Scout 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 two scoring patrols represent the district at the council First Aid Meet.
Registration is done by troop leaders. The registration fee is $5 per participant. There is no onsite registration.
Registration opens in December.
Schedule and Check-in
On-site check-in will begin at 8:30 AM. Participating patrols must be signed in (with all participating member present) by 9:15 AM. The patrol leader must have completed the required on-site check-in, or be in line to check in with the event senior patrol leader (SPL) no later than 9:15 AM.
The patrol leaders will check in with the event SPL and their staff. Each patrol leader will receive a packet of information, which will contain all the information needed to lead their patrol through the scheduled events. The patrol check-in is independent of the unit check-in.
Patrol check-in is the responsibility of the patrol leader. The unit leader should check in with the event staff.
What to Bring
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.
Each participating patrol will compete in two unique first aid scenarios, present the “patrol” first aid kit for inspection and complete a written first aid test. Each scenario will take approximately fifteen minutes to complete. Some scenarios may also have a written component. The written test can be completed anytime but must be turned in with the patrol packet.
Complete information will be given to the patrol leader at check-in. Instructions will only be given to the patrol leader. Scouts must follow the instructions provided in the packet. Patrols waiting to compete must remain at the staging area. The patrol should complete the written test and have the first aid kit inspected during the times they are waiting to compete.
What are the Scenarios? If we told you, that would take all the fun out of it!
The patrol needs to be prepared for just about anything. At least one scenario will test CPR skills. Bleeding is pretty much a “sure thing” too! Read your scout handbook, Field Book and merit badge pamphlet carefully. You never know when you might have to move a victim. Broken bones are likely too and you never know when someone is going to choke.
All the scenarios will be based on events that could happen. You should plan to make the best use of your available resources. Remember, resources not only include equipment and supplies but also include your training and individual skills.
Teamwork is very important! Patrol spirit is not just your yell. Did we mention that teamwork is very important? We will provide all the necessary equipment and supplies needed to complete each scenario. While you may use your own “stuff” we recommend that you make the best use of what we provide for you. Each scenario will be directed by a team lead by a trained Scouter. Each patrol will be judged to the same standards and by the same team whenever possible.
One very important judging element for each scenario is “would have the victim benefited from the treatment provided?” The unit leader will receive the actual score sheets and judges’ comments from each event at the end of the meet.
What is on the test? We probably should not tell you that either! Patrols that have reviewed the first aid requirements for ranks through first class and have studied the merit badge pamphlet should score very well. The test will consist of at least 25 multiple choice questions and one written “what if” story where the patrol will need to think about how to respond to the events described in the story.
The patrol should work as a team to complete the test. There is no time limit except that the instructions included in the patrol leader packet must be followed. The patrol leader has the final word though and only one answer will be accepted. You must not discuss the test with anyone other than your patrol members… That means just what it says!
Patrol First Aid Kit Inspection
Again, patrols that have reviewed the First Aid Merit Badge Pamphlet, Scout Handbook and Field book should score very well on the patrol first aid kit inspection.
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.