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Red Card training is a requirement for 9 different merit badges including two Eagle required, Swimming and Lifesaving. Red Card is not a certification but is intended to familiarize your scout with CPR.

Since a Red Card is not a certification it can be taught by anyone in a medical field. If you don't already know someone, ask around. Here are a few hints on how to find someone: 
  • Check the Merit Badge directory for someone who is a counselor in one of these fields and see if they may be able to help you or know someone who can. 
  • Is there a parent in the troop who is a doctor, nurse, EMT, firefighter, First Responder or any certified CPR instructor? Any of these people are able to teach a Red Card course.
Red Card PDF


Will you be prepared for an emergency? What about your Scouts? The Greater St. Louis Area Council and the American Red Cross would like to make sure you can answer yes to both of these questions.
The Greater St. Louis Area Council offers training for Adult Leaders in the spring and fall that will help adult leaders be prepared for anything from a minor burn to a serious medical emergency.
Why do I need these training courses?
FIRST AID - This training is beneficial not only in your Scout troop but in your day to day life. Whether you are on a troop hike, at a child's sporting event, at the office or just at home, knowing how to calmly handle everything from cuts and scrapes to poisonings can help save a life.
CPR - This training helps you recognize and respond to emergency situations and care for life-threatening respiratory or cardiac emergencies in adults (persons over 8 years of age). You will learn to care for conscious and unconscious choking victims, perform CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) and use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED).
WILDERNESS FIRST AID - These courses are designed to meet the needs of those who go into areas that are beyond the reach of urban EMS.  This course has a certification process.  It is approximately 16 hours of training for situations when help is delayed.  This course is offered through the Red Cross.  It is required for those units going to Philmont, Sea Base or Northern Tier and is recommended for back country camping, hiking, canoeing, or other high adventure. The certification is good for two years.
First Aid/CPR 

Call 314-361-0600 and ask for the Training department for more information.

You may email the American Red Cross at
or call (314) 516-2740 for any upcoming training opportunities.

Wilderness First Aid Training
Due to the popularity of this training, this is limited to those who are attending Philmont, Sea Base or Northern Tier in 2014. If you are planning on attending Philmont or Northern Tier, call our Camping Department at (314) 361-0600 or email to see if there are any opening left. For more information about this training, go to the Wilderness First Aid page.

If you would like to conduct a CPR certification class through the Boy Scouts of America, you will need to be a certified instructor. If you are interested in certification, you will need to contact an accredited organization that is offering instruction. You can check on the links at the bottom of the page.

If you plan to conduct CPR certification or Red Card training you will need CPR mannequins. The Greater St. Louis Area Council has 10 CPR mannequins available for your use. To use the dummies, there is a charge of $5.00 per dummy plus the cost of any other materials you require like first aid kits, face shields, books, etc. We also require a major credit card to reserve the dummies.
We require that you reserve the mannequins and materials at least one week ahead of time. Please call the Training department at (314) 256-3126 to reserve a date.
Use the links below to find out how to how to prepare yourself and your scouts for an emergency.