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    • My son is taking wilderness first aid in a few weeks.  He wants to do this for his own knowledge, he's not doing any high adventure.  He has to bring a wilderness first aid kit with him.  I'm wondering what he will do with it in class and how thorough it needs to be?  Will he be using his supplies in the class?  We've got several first aid kits and I could combine them and probably make a decent size kit, more than enough gauze and misc. but he wouldn't have things like a tourniquet.  The class isn't cheap.  I don't really want to go out and buy a bunch of expensive stuff we are likely to never use but I also don't want him to be embarrassed if he doesn't have something he needs.  I need some input from anyone that has advice.  Of course the troop has a nice big kit with lots of goodies but this is not a troop function.  Thank you.
    • I certainly wouldn't phrase it as an accusation.  I would simply tell them that certain questions are bound to be raised when the scout is up for eagle, and it would be better to organize the answers now, rather than putting them off until the review.  Be Prepared.
    • As far as verifying some of the requirements, he is active in the troop and I'm sure has done a lot of the requirements through participation.  I'll see what I can find out.   Still troubles me that almost nothing was signed off prior to November.
    • I don't know, as the town where this person lives is about an hour from us and is in a different council.  To be clear, it wasn't his dad that signed them, but the someone with the same last name.  The blue cards date back to 2016, but only two of them have any partials recorded on other dates.  They're all marked the same day in November of last year for completion.  Six of the nine are for Eagle required merit badges. I haven't heard back from our CC.  I'm leaning toward just emailing the scout and his dad and asking them about it, but I don't even know what to say.  "Excuse me, but are these fake news?"  LOL.  Seriously, though, this seems very shady.  If the scout says (as I expect he might) that they're all legit, then what?  Should I find out which council it is and call first?  Ugh.
    • Ah yes; common sense and logic rear their head; good to see they are not dead, only apparently dormant much of the time.
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