The first response course covers the skills and knowledge necessary to enable adults to manage an incident and provide basic first aid
First aid training
Doing things safely is fundamental to everything we do in Scouts, and completing the first aid training - also known as First Response course - is a key part in that.
This course aims to cover the skills and knowledge necessary to enable volunteers to manage an incident and provide basic first aid. Our first response programme has been developed in collaboration with Girlguiding, with a common syllabus, resources and acceptance between the two organisations.
Who should complete this training
You can find out if you're required to complete the first aid training by checking POR Chapter 16: Roles Table.
If this training is required for your role, you are asked complete it in within your first three years of volunteering, and to renew it every three years.
How to complete it
First aid training can be completed face-to-face and online. There are three delivery options available, and in all of them you'll be required to attend a face-to-face practical validation session.
You should check the delivery options available at your County/Area/Region (Scotland), and choose the one that suits you best.
Below you have more information about each delivery option.
Face-to-face first aid training is often done at local Scout meeting places. It contains both theory and practical parts, and can be delivered in one single six hour session or three separate two hour sessions.
In this delivery method, the theory part of the training (10A) is done in three separate two hour online sessions, and the practical validation (10B) in a short (15-20min) face-to-face session, which covers the practical elements of the life support training.
The online sessions are live video calls facilitated by a first aid trainer with theory explanations, knowledge checking exercises and discussions.
Volunteers can only attend the practical validation once the theory part is completed.
The Blended Model combines a 2.5 hour eLearning with a three hour online session for the theory part of the training (10A). The practical validation (10B) is a short (15-20min) face-to-face session, which covers the practical elements of the life support training.
The eLearning can be accessed here, and should be completed first. The online session is a live video call facilitated by a first aid trainer, with some more detailed knowledge checking exercises and discussions.
Volunteers can only attend the the practical validation once the theory part (both eLearning and online session) is completed.
Note: members can access the blended model regardless of the County having signed up and will be linked up to an online session, practical validation will still need to be accessed locally once other elements are complete.
How to book first aid training
First aid training is offered locally by your County/Area/Region (Scotland). To book your training, check your local provision.
Some Counties/Areas/Regions (Scotland) might not offer all three delivery options.
What are the training objectives
By doing this training you will:
- Learn about simple first aid information which is relevant to your role
- Build confidence and skills in coping with emergency and first aid situations
- Know how to manage these emergencies
What's the content
The first aid training - also known as First Response course - focuses on three main areas:
- Life support: The principles of first aid and initial response, emergency life support, CPR, choking, and causes and treatment of unresponsiveness.
- Trauma and injury: Shock, bleeding, fractures and sprains, head injuries, dental incidents, and burns.
- Major illnesses: Asthma, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, seizures, diabetes, sepsis and meningitis.
Additional information about this training
The minimum first aid required for leaders, managers and supporters is First Response (6 hours), but higher levels of qualification are needed if leading certain kinds of activities in remote environments or delivering first aid training.
You do not need to be first aid trained before you become a leader. You'll develop a personal learning plan with your training adviser and this will identify when it is best for you to undertake first aid training.
Any course that is set by a regulated provider, and covers the above criteria, recognition and length requirements can be considered as a suitable alternative to a First Response Certificate. If you have done a course which meets these requirements then you simply need to provide this as evidence to your Commissioner or Training Adviser. There is no list of equivalent qualifications for first response.
Examples of regulated providers include: St John Ambulance, The British Red Cross, British Canoeing, Mountain Training, etc.
Where an external course does not cover an element of the syllabus the member should take the time to make themselves aware of the signs, symptoms and treatment of these conditions, or undertake additional training in order to cover them. It's often possible for participants to request additional topics to be covered during a First Aid course that they are attending or to speak with a local Scouts first aid trainer to cover the final elements.
Undertaking the HSE First Aid at work will provide some of the key skills required for doing first aid in Scouting, however it doesn’t cover the full range of topics members are required to have covered for Scouting first aid. For full details of what is required, view our First Response objectives, content and duration.
The First Response Certificate provided after completing this training is designed specifically for adults in The Scouts and Girlguiding, based on the situations and issues that occur within these organisations. It is not, therefore, externally recognised.
There is no badge available for the completion of the First Response course (6 hours) for volunteers.
Volunteers with an in date first aid qualification (16 hours course, also known as full first aid course) can wear a first aider badge on the left sleeve, as shown on the uniform diagram. This can either be the badge provided by the first aid training provider or the Scouts first aider badge available from Scout Store. Only one badge may be worn.
The Purple card provides support for safe Scouting and guidance in the procedures for dealing with an emergency.Discover Purple card
First Aid Kits
Guidance for the use of first aid kits for section meetings and nights away.Discover guidance for first aid kits
Full First Aid certificate
To fulfil the Full First Aid certificate requirements in POR, volunteers must hold a first aid qualification provided by a regulated body certifying their attendance of a 16 hours first aid course.