BSA Emergency Preparedness Award

No, not the merit badge, the award. It even has a dedicated spot on the uniform, on the left pocket flap. This can be earned by individuals from Tiger Cubs up through council adult volunteers. There are also unit, district, and council awards. Youth awards are approved by the unit leader, so there isn’t much paperwork.

Emergency preparedness award

See the requirements for the different levels for the details. Click through to the application to see the approvals. Your Scout shop or National Supply will have the Emergency Preparedness Pin ($2.49).

The requirements include some unit activities and courses, so they might be hard to do from home. Still, this is a good time to get started and to add it to the annual calendar.

I qualified for my award under the district Scouter requirements. I’ve taken Wilderness First Aid multiple times, which is a superset of a basic first aid course. I’m an ARES/RACES amateur radio volunteer for our city. I’ve taken the FEMA Introduction to Incident Command System course (and others) for my city volunteer work. And so on, the requirements are a good list.

Finally, this is one of those rare awards that is approved for both uniform and civilian wear (“may be worn either on the uniform or on nonuniform wear, centered on left pocket flap” in the Guide to Awards and Insignia). Maybe I need a second pin for my ARES/RACES vest.

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2 thoughts on “BSA Emergency Preparedness Award

  1. From awards central: “ This award has encouraged youth to be prepared, productive, self-reliant adults active in their communities. As of February 2019, elements of the award have been incorporated into other program materials and we will sunset the award. Your can continue to earn the award, but the requirements will not be updated. Please check with your Scout Shop or html icon for pin and pamphlet availability.”


  2. Looking at that decision in March 2020, it doesn’t look so good. I guess that explains why there are no requirements for Lion Cubs. I’m all for streamline and simplify, but…

    I’d much rather see the connections to community emergency preparedness strengthened. Our Scouts are volunteering as victims in local drills. Let’s see some Venture Crews that are doing Teen CERT or ARES/RACES.

    At work, I’m part of a group improving our response to website production incidents. I’ve recommended that key people take IS-100 and IS-200.


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