The Boy Scout Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge requirements fit perfectly with your preparedness efforts. If you’re lucky enough to have a Boy Scout in the house, PUT HIM TO WORK!
If you DO have a Boy Scout in the family, you may have already figured this preparedness tip out. Use your son’s work towards earning the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge to supplement your family emergency preparedness efforts. So that everyone clearly sees the benefit of this, I’ll point out that the goal here is to…
GET SOMEONE ELSE TO HELP WITH THE WORK!
Boy Scouts are virtually self-sufficient — making them an ideal addition to your team.
But don’t stop there. The First-Aid Merit Badge is related as well. In fact, earning the First-Aid Merit Badge is required in order to earn the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge. And the First-Aid Merit Badge requires knowledge of all first-aid requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks. Just like the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge, his work to earn the First-Aid Merit Badge can contribute to the family’s plan. Don’t limit your thinking to just Boy Scouts. All levels of scouting involve activities related to emergency preparedness.
Scouts of ANY age can contribute to the family’s efforts…
The BSA Emergency Preparedness Award is a program sponsored by the Boy Scouts and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). It involves Scouts at all levels. Scouts who participate are rewarded with recognition and the benefit of the activity. Regardless of whether your child is a Tiger Cub, Bear Cub, Wolf Cub, Webelo, Boy Scout, Varsity Scout, or Venturer, the program includes activities specific to their level. All of these activities not only benefit your Scout, but also deliver EXTRA HORSEPOWER to help you prepare the entire family.
The Webelos Readyman Activity Badge is related too!
Don’t have a Scout working on an Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge? A Cub Scout working on his Webelos requirements is the next best thing. Activities for Webelos and below take more parent time since the kids are younger, but the activities are related to what you need for your home emergency preparedness. The Webelos Readyman Activity Badge is about first-aid and safety; your Scout can be involved in preparing your family’s emergency first-aid kits or in the creation of a list of your first-aid kit contents.
Look for similar opportunities in other Scouting organizations.
There are many different scouting organizations, all of which have some preparedness or first-aid requirement that blends with home emergency preparedness. Look for opportunities to use their activities to supplement your own efforts to set up your family emergency plan.
There’s a side benefit to having your Scout involved…
As you use your son’s efforts to earn a Scouting related achievement to supplement the family’s preparedness efforts, you’re involving him in a practical application of the very thing he’s learning about. There’s value in that for him. He’s also contributing to something larger than himself…his family’s well-being. But most importantly, he will become involved in your effort to provide security for his family. It creates additional unity and ownership in the family. That’s just good.
Interested in finding out more about the Boy Scouts?
No experience with the Boy Scouts? I HIGHLY RECOMMEND becoming involved. You and your son will benefit from it. I also recommend becoming a Scout Leader. I have first-hand experience doing so; it will change your relationship with your son in positive ways. Visit the Boy Scouts latest video recruiting website at the Scout Zone to learn more. Have your son browse through it too. There are sections for both parent and kid and it is very well done. You can also find information at the Boy Scouts National Council website.