Red Cross and Boy Scouts Sign Historic Training Agreement
Written by Bonnie
Gillespie, Staff Writer, RedCross.org
12, 2003 — Demonstrating an ongoing commitment to
readiness education, the leaders of the American Red Cross and
the Boy Scouts of America recently formalized a national
training agreement that establishes the Boy Scouts as an
authorized provider of Red Cross health and safety programs.
American Red Cross President and CEO Marsha J.
Evans, Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams (center)
and Scott Conner (far left), Vice President of Health
and Safety, Youth and Community Services, are encircled
by members of the Boy Scouts "Report to the Nation"
delegation at the historic signing ceremony.
"The Scout motto to 'Be prepared' complements the mission
of the American Red Cross to help people prevent, prepare for
and respond to emergencies," said Marsha J. Evans, President
and CEO of the American Red Cross, during a commemorative
ceremony at Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington,
"We are taking an important step toward achieving this
common mission today with the signing of this training
agreement that will equip more than three million youth and
1.2 million adult Scouting volunteers with the skills they
need to save lives," said Evans.
A century of cooperation spans the history of the
organizations, and the agreement signed on Feb. 11 is the
culmination of two years of collaborative efforts to develop a
comprehensive program for Scout leaders and youth members
As a result, instructors and instructor trainers will be
established in more than 300 Boy Scout Councils. Training
areas include Red Cross Life guarding, First Aid/CPR/AED, and
Emergency Response. Preventing Disease Transmission and
Babysitter's Training are also part of the program, along with
Wilderness First Aid and CPR for the Professional Rescuer.
"The Boy Scouts will help the American Red Cross reach even
more people with health and safety training and save more
lives," said Scott Conner, Vice President of Health and
Safety, Youth and Community Services for the Red Cross.
Jonathan Nagata of Santa Monica, Calif.,
received a Boy Scout Heroism award for administering
first aid at the scene of a multi-car accident. Nagata
was trained in Red Cross lifesaving procedures.
Along with Evans and Chief Scout Executive Roy L. Williams,
members of the Boy Scout "Report to the Nation" delegation
took part in the event, including winners of Boy Scout Heroism
awards. Among the young heroes recognized was Boy Scout
Jonathan Nagata, who administered Red Cross first aid
techniques at the scene of a multi-car accident.
"The signing of this training agreement between our
organizations will create even more heroes like Jonathan . . .
by preparing Scouts across the country to render aid when
lives are at stake," said Evans.
Troop members will now receive both Red Cross and Boy Scout
certifications upon training completion, in addition to
benefiting from the most current course materials available.
The historic agreement also represents the potential for
future combined educational efforts in areas such as disaster
response and endeavors complimentary to the Red Cross and Boy
Scout commitment to community service and volunteerism.
"The agreement will help the Red Cross benefit from the creativity
and talents of individuals in the Boy Scout organization who
may wish to put their training to work as Red Cross volunteers,"
Evans said. "We all share a responsibility to be prepared
to help others in an emergency."
Red cross numbers
910-692-8571 Moore County, North Carolina
all red cross chapters
Boy Scout numbers
1-800 662 7102
Moore County, North Carolina