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First Aid

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 is developed in collaboration between the Scouts and 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 Chapter 16: Roles Tables in POR. 

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.


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:

  1. Life support: The principles of first aid and initial response, emergency life support, CPR, choking, and causes and treatment of unresponsiveness.
  2. Trauma and injury: Shock, bleeding, fractures and sprains, head injuries, dental incidents, and burns.
  3. Major illnesses: Asthma, anaphylaxis, heart attack, stroke, seizures, diabetes, sepsis and meningitis.

Additional information about this training

Purple card

The Purple card provides support for safe Scouting and guidance in the procedures for dealing with an emergency.

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First aid training during COVID-19

Guidance to support volunteers to participate and deliver first aid training whilst the UK faces restrictions from COVID-19.

COVID safe First Aid training guidance

First Aid Kits

Guidance for the use of first aid kits for section meetings and nights away.

Discover guidance for first aid kits