It is very important to have a first aid kit whilst hiking. Your Patrol should carry a Patrol kit, and each Scout should carry a personal kit too!

Personal First Aid Kit

Each Patrol Member should carry their own personal kit. Your personal kit allows you to attend to your own injuries and perform basic first aid on others. It also allows each member’s kit to be combined in an emergency. It should include:

  • 1 x triangular bandage
  • 1 x 75mm elastic crepe bandage
  • 1 x sealed sterile dressing
  • Bandaids
  • Safety pins
  • Sun blockout cream
  • Foil Rescue Sheet
  • Personal medications, both prescription and non-prescription

Patrol First Aid Kit

In addition, each Patrol should carry the following equipment as a Patrol Kit. The Patrol Kit is used for more serious injuries or where it’s not sensible for each Patrol member to carry a piece of equipment.

  • Roll of adhesive dressing strip
  • Pair scissors
  • Packet of gauze squares
  • 2 x non-stick dressings
  • Roll of adhesive tape (25mm)
  • ‘Wound Dressing’ (2 x No 14)
  • “Stingose”
  • Serile gloves (x 2 pairs)
  • Betadine liquid / other antiseptic LIQUID
  • Fine point tweezers
  • Paper and Pen/Pencil
  • Gaffer tape (emergency repairs for packs, tents etc)
  • Basic First Aid instructions

If you are interested in learning more about first aid, or want to complete your Outdoor Adventure Skills (OAS) first aid requirement, Sydney North Region Scouts offers First Aid Courses for Scouts, Venturers, Rovers and Leaders in partnership with St Johns Ambulance.