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First aid kit catch-up

Get to grips with what should be in our first aid kits in this quick game.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • First aid kit, with appropriate contents
  • Table
  • Sheet or blanket

Before you begin

  • Take a look at this information from the St John Ambulance and Scouts about first aid kits in your group.
  • This information from the NHS gives some basic guidance on what to keep in your first aid kit, though the actual contents should be suitable for the activity you’ll be taking part in and match your risk assessment. See here for more on this.
  • This activity is ideal to run in the weeks leading up to an activity, adventure or expedition. Make sure the kits you’re using in this activity are suitable for what you have planned.

What to take?

  1. Everyone should get into small groups. The number of groups should depend on the number of first aid kits you have available. Each group will need one kit.
  2. Explain to the groups that they’re going to be doing an activity, adventure or expedition. This can be real or made up. Everyone should then think about what sort of thing might happen during that activity that they might need the first aid kit for.
  1. When each group has thought about incidents that could take place on the activity, adventure or expedition, they should list the items that might need to be in the first aid kit to deal with each one.

Let’s look

  1. The person leading the activity or a knowledgeable helper should unpack a first aid kit for each group.
  1. The groups should look at the contents of the kit and think about the list of equipment they thought they’d need for the activity, adventure or expedition. See if anyone thinks that an important piece of equipment is missing from the kit, and if they can explain why that piece of equipment should belong in the kit.
  1. Agree on suitable first aid kit contents with each group.

First aid kit Kim’s game

  1. Once you’ve agreed the contents of the kit, lay it out on a table and run a quick version of ‘Kim’s game’ with the groups.
  2. For each group, allow 30 seconds for them to look at the equipment. A leader or helper should then cover the items with a sheet or blanket. The group should then try to name all of the items that they can from the kit. When they think they’ve guessed them all, reveal the kit again to see if there was anything they missed out.
  3. Everyone should think about how we can record what should be in the kit, so that they don’t have to rely on their memory each time. This could be done with a list, which should be updated when items are used so that everyone knows when they need to be replaced.


This activity was about first aid kits and their contents. It’s no use worrying about whether you have the right kit with you for the activity you’re taking part in. Prepare for any outcome before you get started. This can help us to stay calm in emergencies and solve problems when they crop up. Sometimes the best way to think about this is: ‘better to have it and not need it, than not have it and need it.’


Sharp objects

Teach young people how to use sharp objects safely. Supervise them appropriately throughout. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.