Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Safety Merit Badge






  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 kinds 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.
  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 these 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 candles.
  3. Do the following:
        A. Discuss with your counselor how you contribute to the safety of yourself, your family, and your
        B. Show your family members how to protect themselves and your home from accidents, fire, burglary,
              robbery, and assault.
        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.
  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.
  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.
  6. Plan and complete a safety project approved by your counselor for your home, school, place of worship, 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.

Safety Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.