Safety Merit Badge Pamphlet Safety Merit Badge


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2007.

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Until April 1, 1999, this Merit Badge was Required to earn the Eagle Scout Rank

The word "burglary," in item 3b,
does not appear in Boy Scout Requirements 2007, 2008 or 2009,
but is in the Safety Merit Badge pamphlet (33347B), as shown below.

  1. Prepare a safety notebook to include:
    1. Newspaper and other stories, facts, and statistics showing common types kinds and causes of accidents injuries in the home and in the workplace, and how these injuries could be prevented.
    2. Newspaper and other stories , facts, and statistics showing common types kinds of crimes against families like yours and ways to avoid being a crime victim..
    3. Facts you have obtained concerning the frequency of accidents and of crimes involving families in your locality in your local area.
    4. A paragraph or more, written by you, explaining how your family life could be changed by a serious fire, accident, or crime could change your family life.
    5. A list of safe practices and safety devices currently used in your home and automobile by your family, such as safety practices used while driving or working and safety devices that prevent injuries or help in an emergency.
  2. Do the following:
    1. Using a safety checklist approved by your counselor, make an inspection of your home. Explain the hazards found and how they can be corrected.
    2. Review or develop your family's plan of escape in case of fire in your family's home.
  3. Do the following:
    1. Discuss with your counselor how you contribute to the safety of yourself, your family, and your community.
    2. Show your family members how to protect themselves and your home from accidents, fire, theft burglary, robbery, and assault.
    3. Discuss with your counselor the tips for online safety. Explain the steps individuals can take to help prevent identity theft.
    4. Discuss with your counselor the three R's of Youth Protection and how to recognize child abuse.
  4. Show your family the exits you would use from different public buildings (such as a church, 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 of a panic that they need to take shelter in or evacuate a public place.
  5. Make a plan for an accident prevention programs plan for five family activities outside the home (at your place of worship church, at a theater, on a picnic, at the a beach, and while traveling , for example). Each plan should include an analysis of possible hazards, proposed action to correct hazards, and reasons for the corrections correction you propose in each plan.
  6. Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for in your home, school, place of worship church, place of employment, or community. Include in your plan an explanation of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Advisory System and appropriate actions to take for each threat level.
  7. 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.

BSA Advancement ID#: 12
Requirements last updated in: 2007
Pamphlet Publication Number: 33347B
Pamphlet Revision Date: 2006

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