A Scavenger Hunt to Save Lives

Any Scout who has completed the Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge knows that a key element of being prepared for the unknown is to have an Emergency Kit stocked and ready to go. Be Prepared is the Scout motto for a reason!

That being said, your Scout doesn’t have to wait until officially beginning his or her E-Prep Merit Badge to get that kit together! With the October theme of Scavenger Hunt, there is a perfect opportunity to create an activity out of the theme: During a Den, Pack, Troop of Crew meeting, set a timer and have each Scout find as many items on their Emergency Preparedness list as they can find! You can even use these great and comprehensive example supply lists from Boys’ Life to get started:

Family Emergency Kit

[In case you must evacuate your home with little notice]

  • Three-day supply of water
  • Nonperishable foods (including pet food) and a nonelectric can opener
  • Eating utensils
  • Special foods for any dietary restrictions, including baby foods
  • Family first-aid kit
  • Battery- or cranked-powered radio
  • Flashlight
  • Extra batteries (rotate these out regularly so they don’t go stale in your closet)
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Blanket or sleeping bag for each family member
  • Extra clothing
  • Face masks for air filtering
  • Soap, wipes, antibacterial gel
  • Toilet paper
  • Copies of important family documents in waterproof containers
  • Signal whistle
  • Local maps
  • Cash

Major Disaster Preparedness Items

[If you can safely stay in your home during an emergency ]

  • Fire extinguisher
  • Tool kit (with ax, shovel, broom, screwdriver, pliers, hammer, coil of rope, coil of bailing wire, duct tape, razor blades, adjustable wrench for turning off gas or water)
  • Chart showing location of shutoff valves in your home, including the main electrical switch
  • Portable fire escape ladder for homes or buildings of more than one floor
  • Portable butane or charcoal stove (to be used outdoors away from the garage)
  • Gloves and cloths for cleaning up dangerous spills
  • Covered containers for storing waste
  • Garden hose kept near an outside faucet

Personal Emergency Service Pack

[If you and your troop are called out to serve during an emergency]

  • Poncho or raincoat with hood
  • Change or underwear and socks
  • Small bag with toiletries
  • Sleeping bag and waterproof ground cloth
  • Map of area where you’re going
  • 50 feet of No. 5 sash cord
  • Hand ax, folding saw or pocketknife
  • Water treatment equipment
  • Cook kit and canteen
  • Flashlight
  • Battery-powered radio
  • Extra batteries
  • Hard hart
  • Personal first-aid kit
  • Matches in waterproof container
  • Emergency ration
  • Pencil and small notebook
  • Handkerchief
  • Compass and map of the area (and GPS if you have one, with extra batteries)
  • Watch
  • Facial tissues
  • Work gloves
  • Face masks for air filtering

Remember that you can always adapt these lists or create one to fit a specific emergency as well! For example, if you live near wildfire areas, what supplies should be at the ready?

Make it more interactive – before the Hunt have the Scouts list as many items that can be on an emergency preparedness list and then send them on the hunt with the list they made!

Once everyone is back from their Hunt talk about the importance of these items. This is a great way to get the Scouts thinking and moving. If you try it out, be sure to tag @DenverBoyScouts and tell us all about it! You can even share your list below.

Happy Hunting!

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