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RENO, Nev. With high-tech navigation tools readily available, many people are able to self-evacuate from remote areas. But the critical skills of SAR are still essential to saving lives. Scouts aiming to earn the Search and Rescue merit badge will first learn the important differences between a search and rescue. A search is an emergency situation requiring a team of trained searchers to locate, access, stabilize, and transport a lost person to safety.
January, Requirements for the Search and Rescue merit badge: Do the following: Explain to your counselor the hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in search and rescue SAR activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards. Discuss first aid and prevention for the types of injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in SAR activities, including: snakebites, dehydration, shock, environmental emergencies such as hypothermia or heatstroke, blisters, and ankle and knee sprains. Demonstrate knowledge to stay found and prevent yourself from becoming the subject of a SAR mission. How does the buddy system help in staying found and safe? How can knowledge of the area and its seasonal weather changes affect your plans?