Leaders, managers and supporters in Scouting must hold a current first aid qualification at the time of gaining their Wood Badge and then renew this at intervals of no more than every three years (see transition guidance in first aid updates).
The minimum first aid required is First Response, but higher levels of qualification are needed if delivering first aid training or leading certain kinds of activities in remote environments.
Who needs first response?
- All adults in scouting holding a Leader, Manager or Supporter appointment.
- The First Response Certificate is designed specifically for adults in The Scouts and Girlguiding, based on the situations and issues that occur within those roles. It is not, therefore, externally recognised.
- Certificate must be valid when Wood Badge is issued and then renew this at intervals of no more than every three years (see transition guidance in first aid updates).
- All groups undertaking activities in remote environments (as defined in POR rule 9.7i) must have immediate access to someone holding a relevant and current Full First Aid Certificate.
- In order to run a First Response course, the trainer is required to be either an externally qualified First Aid trainer, or hold a Full First Aid Certificate and The Scouts Presenting and Facilitating modules.
Criteria for course
All first aid training must cover the below criteria. The level of detail and time spent on each subject will vary, depending on whether it is a First Response or Full First Aid course.
- Principles of first aid and initial response (arriving and managing an incident)
- Initial response to a first aid situation
- Management of an unconscious casualty (child or adult)
- CPR, including technique for children and an explanation of what AED is and how to use it
- Fractures (ambulance imminent and non-imminent) and sprains
- Head injuries
- Dental incidents
- Heart Attack
- Sepsis / Meningitis