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How to Earn the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

Published on 2/20/2013
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A merit badge symbolizes that a boy scout has successfully completed a unit of study in a certain field according to the requirements set by the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). There are 127 merit badges available as of August 2011. Fifteen of these merit badges are designated as “Eagle badges”. To earn the Eagle rank (which is the highest rank in Boy Scouting), a Boy Scout must earn a total of at least 21 merit badges, 12 of which must be Eagle badges. The Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge is one of the 15 “Eagle badges” that a boy scout can choose to complete to earn the rank of Eagle. But, whether or not you would like to earn the BSA’s most prestigious rank, one of the most useful merit badges that you can ever earn is the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. Boy scouts are known for their discipline and ability to provide first aid and other kinds of emergency assistance to people. Earning an Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge would be a great advantage to any scout because it will allow him to be equipped with the needed knowledge and skills to respond before, during, and after a crisis situation. Earning this merit badge, however, will entail a lot of hard work and study, especially if you would like to achieve the rank of Eagle. How to earn a merit badge in general As mentioned earlier, to earn the Eagle rank, one must complete 21 merit badges: 12 non-Eagle badges and 12 Eagle badges. But first, how do you earn a merit badge in general? There are four ways to do it: Summer Camp, Merit Badge University (MBU), Troop Meetings and Campouts, and Individual Study. Summer Camp is an essential part of boy scouting. A boy scout can usually earn up to three to five merit badges in a week of camping. Badges that require practical applications and hands-on activities (such as First Aid, Hiking, Swimming, Emergency Preparedness, etc.) are best to work on at a summer camp. Another great way to obtain a merit badge is by attending a Merit Badge University (MBU), also sometimes known as Merit Badge College or Merit Badge Clinic. Here, you have to attend a one-day event, usually hosted by a Troop or Council, where you can earn an entire merit badge in just one day. The more academically-focused badges (such as Citizenship in the Community, citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World) are best to earn on MBU. There are also times when a Troop will work on a merit badge together at a meeting or campout. For example, you can possibly earn the Forestry merit badge while on an outing at a forest. And lastly, boy scouts can work on certain merit badges individually. How to earn the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge The initial step in getting the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge is to obtain the First Aid Merit Badge. Then, you must discuss with the Emergency Preparedness merit badge counselor the different aspects of emergency preparedness, namely, preparing, responding, recovering, mitigating and preventing emergency situations. After that, you have to make a chart that shows your understanding of each of the aspects of emergency preparedness in requirement 2a (prepare, respond, recover, mitigate) with regard to 10 of the situations listed below. 1. Home kitchen fire 2. Home basement/storage room/garage fire 3. Explosion in the home 4. Automobile crash 5. Food-borne disease (food poisoning) 6. Fire or explosion in a public place 7. Vehicle stalled in the desert 8. Vehicle trapped in a blizzard 9. Flash flooding in town or in the country 10. Mountain/backcountry accident 11. Boating or water accident 12. Gas leak in a home or a building 13. Tornado or hurricane 14. Major flood 15. Nuclear power plant emergency 16. Avalanche (snowslide or rockslide) 17. Violence in a public place Be sure to use situations 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5 and then select another five for a total of 10 situations. After completing this part, you have to discuss the chart with your counselor. Next, you are required to teach your family how to build a kit, make a plan, and educate them about the situations on the chart you created for requirement 2b. Make sure to complete a family plan. Then, you have to meet with your counselor to report about your family meeting, discuss their responses, and share your family plan. You’ll never earn the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge without showing the counselor how you could safely save a person from the following situations: Touching a live household electric wire, a room filled with carbon monoxide, clothes on fire, and drowning using non-swimming rescues (which includes accidents on ice). Also, you have to demonstrate three ways of attracting and communicating with rescue planes and aircraft. Then, with another person, you have to show a good way to transport an injured person out of a remote or rugged area and conserve the energy of rescuers while ensuring the safety and protection of the injured person. These are just a portion of some of the things that you need to accomplish to obtain the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. As stated previously, one will have to through a lot of studying before one can successfully get this particular badge. For a more detailed information on how to earn this Eagle badge, you can visit the Boy Scouts of America website at scouting.org.
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