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SAFETY MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class and the event the class is being held in conjunction with that registration may take a little time.
 

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. (Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you should have forwarded your Blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.) If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.


Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide directions as to where one can find the answers.  It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event.

You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Safety Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Safety Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here.  If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST.

 

 

SAFETY MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Safety Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Explain what safety is and what it means to be safe. Then prepare a notebook to include:

a. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common types and causes of injuries in the home and in the workplace, and how these injuries could be prevented

b. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common types of crimes and ways to avoid being a crime victim

c. Facts you have obtained concerning the frequency of accidents and of crimes in your local area

d. A paragraph or more, written by you, explaining how a serious fire, accident, or crime could change your family life

e. A list of safe practices and safety devices currently used by your family, such as safety practices used while driving or working and safety devices that prevent injuries or help in an emergency

Scouts will need to do the work for this requirement prior to the class.  Scouts should plan on bringing their completed notebook to the class to share with the counselor and the rest of the class.  Only Scout that come to the class with this work completed will have the opportunity to be signed off on this requirement and its components. Be Prepared.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, make an inspection of your home. Explain the hazards found and how they can be corrected

b. Review or develop your family's plan of escape in case of fire in your home. As you develop the escape plan with family members, share with them facts about the common causes of fire in the home, such as smoking, cooking, electrical appliances, and candle

Scouts may use the inspection checklist in the Safety merit badge pamphlet (or make one of their own - which may or may not be acceptable to the counselor) to prepare for sharing their explanation for component 2a during the class.  Scouts who have not done the home inspection prior to the class will not be able to have the opportunity of completing this requirement during the class.

In order to assure the highest potential of completing the 2b component of this requirement, Scouts should bring a note signed by a parent or guardian confirming that you completed this part of requirement 2 prior to the class..

 

3. Do the following:

a. Discuss with your counselor how you contribute to the safety of yourself, your family, and your community

This requirement will be completed in the class, however only Scouts who are able to actively participate in the discussion to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on this requirement component.

b. Show your family members how to protect themselves and your home from accidents, fire, burglary, robbery, and assault

Scouts will need to do this part of the requirement prior to the class.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring some sort of documentation to validate their completion of this requirement component (a note from your parent or guardian should suffice).

c. Discuss with your counselor the tips for online safety. Explain the steps individuals can take to help prevent identity theft

d. Discuss with your counselor the three R's of Youth Protection and how to recognize child abuse

Requirement components 3c and 3d will be discussed during the class, however Scouts should review the Safety merit badge pamphlet prior to the class to ensure they are prepared for the discussion and get signed off on these requirement components.

 

4. Show your family the exits you would use from different public buildings (such as a theater, municipal building, library, supermarket, shopping center, or your place of worship) in the event of an emergency. Teach your family what to do in the event that they need to take shelter in or evacuate a public place

Scouts will need to have done this requirement prior to the class. It is recommended that a note from a parent or guardian clearly stating that this requirement has been completed which will help the merit badge counselor verify completion of this requirement.

 

5. Make an accident prevention plan for five family activities outside the home (at your place of worship, at a theater, on a picnic, at the beach, and while traveling, for example). Each plan should include an analysis of possible hazards, proposed action to correct hazards, and reasons for the correction you propose in each plan

Time will be allocated during the class to work on this requirement, however Scouts wanting to ensure they have the highest possibility of completing this requirement during the class should prepare ahead of time some examples. Every effort will be made to complete this requirement during the class, however those Scouts coming unprepared or without any examples, may find it difficult to complete.

 

6. Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for your home, school, place of worship, place of employment, or community

Scouts may work on this requirement prior to the class and bring their work (with supporting documentation and proof of completion) for review and consideration by the counselor.  Scouts attending the class not having done this requirement will not be able to complete this requirement in the class.  Scouts should understand that the only projects that the counselor finds acceptable will be considered for sign off on this requirement - review your merit badge pamphlet for ideas.

 

7. Explain what the National Terrorism Advisory System is and how you would respond to each type of alert.

Scouts will find that reviewing the Safety merit badge pamphlet prior to the class will help them easily prepare for the class discussion.

 

8. Learn about three career opportunities in the field of safety. Pick one career and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this choice with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you

Scouts should review this requirement and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - February 2016