American Red Cross and Boy Scouts of America Training Agreement

Is your unit, district, or council taking full advantage of the national agreement that the Boy Scouts of America has with the American Red Cross?

Here are the benefits:

Convenience. The primary goal of the agreement is for each council to become self-sufficient with its own instructors and trainers of those instructors so that BSA staff and volunteers are available to teach the courses whenever and wherever it best meets local Scouting needs.

A Scout Is Thrifty.  A Scout Is Thrifty. It's just a small fee for each person trained ($5 per participant in most cases), plus the cost of materials. This could result in up to a 90 percent savings over other comparable classes.


NOTE (1/2012 update): The American Red Cross has centralized receiving course records to its national Training Support Center. To ensure you are charged the $5 fee rather than the higher standard fee, be sure to include the following statement in the “Comments” section of the course record: 

This course was taught to Boy Scouts of America youth members and/or adult leaders under the BSA-Red Cross Authorized Provider National Account agreement for which the fee is $5 per person.

There may be mistakes for a while because the system is not yet set up with all councils to identify all instructors teaching for the BSA. If you are doing this for the first time, or have questions or problems, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767) and select the Health and Safety menu prompt to connect to the Red Cross Training Support Center, where you will be assisted by a member of the Customer Support Team.


Highest Quality. Red Cross training is universally recognized for its effectiveness. It can help ensure that every one from the Boy Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared.

Scope of the Program:

Red Cross training is universally recognized for its effectiveness. It can help ensure that every one from the Boy Scout working on a First Aid merit badge to a Scouter leading a unit on a high-adventure trek is fully prepared.

  • All areas of first aid, CPR, and AED
  • Wilderness first aid
  • Lifeguarding program
  • Emergency response (meets DOT first-responder requirements)
  • Babysitter training
  • Swimming and water safety
  • Emergency preparedness/Be Red Cross Ready
  • Facilitates product availability including:
    • Personal first-aid kits
    • Family first-aid kits (hard and soft cases)
    • Three-day preparedness kits
    • Safety tubes
    • Automated external defibrillators (though Philips Medical)

    How to Get Started:

    Start with your council to determine if a relationship exists and who coordinates the activity in the council. This may be a staff professional (such as the program director) or a volunteer (such as the chairman of the health and safety committee). Also understand there may be separate points of contact for specific programs (such as aquatics). Just starting the process? If you know your zip code, you can find the local Red Cross chapter from the organization's main Web page. Their chief executive officer and your council-designated point of contact can initiate a dialog.

    Best Practices/Model BSA Council–Red Cross Chapter Relationships:

    The Sam Houston Area Council has been successful in a big way with the Greater Houston Area Chapter, including chapter-sponsored Venturing crews. See their special websites here and here. A good person to contact at the chapter to start a conversation about the experience is Gidget Swift at GSWIFT@ghac.org and 713-313-1606.

    The Suwannee River Area Council (point of contact is field director Kevin McMurrian) and the Capital Area Chapter (in Tallahassee, Florida) of the American Red Cross have an initiative to "Build Disaster-Resistant Scout Troops." Based on the chapter's Disaster Resistant Neighborhood Program and Community Emergency Response Team training, the initiative is designed to prepare Boy Scouts and their families for the next disaster.

    Still Have Questions?
    For immediate response, contact your local council service center with questions regarding Scouting safely.

    Click here to email questions specific to health, safety, or risk management to the national council.