Sunday, October 7, 2012

Pill bottle First Aid Kit

Last weekend our Brownie troop went on their first overnight camping trip.  We had a fantastic time together, though I feel like I am still trying to catch up on my sleep!  To earn a Brownie badge, girls must complete five steps.  They have a choice of three tasks for each step.  Details for each badge can be found in The Brownie Girl's Guide to Girl Scouting and in the three additional Badge Activity Sets.  During our overnight camping trip, our troop earned the Hiker badge.  They also completed some of the steps for the Senses badge, Snack badge, Girl Scout Way badge, and First Aid badge.

One required step for the First Aid badge involves making a first aid kit.  The Co-leader of our troop was a Girl Scout when she was younger.  She remembered making a pill bottle first aid kit.  I had also come across this pill bottle first aid kit while I was bumping around Pinterest.  It seemed like a perfect project for our camping trip.

I stopped by the pharmacy at our local Sam's Club to ask if they would donate pop-top pill bottles for our troop project.  I was hoping to reuse some empty pill bottles I had collected, but the child-proof lid would obviously have been too difficult for the girls to get on and off quickly.  The pharmacist happily donated the pill bottles.  He also gave us some literature that included a Child ID kit with a place for a photo and fingerprints.  I thought that was quite generous of him.  

I left the store and headed out to collect the rest of the supplies we would need.  Here is a list of what we included in our pill bottle first aid kits:
     alcohol pad
     hand sanitizing wipe
     safety pin
     cotton ball

We only have six girls in our troop, so we did not need great quantities of the supplies.  Most of the items I already had on hand.  I would like to thank my mom for the alcohol pads, and Kristie (one of the moms in our troop) for the hand sanitizing wipes.  I did have to purchase the whistles which were found at Party City ($2.99 for 12).  My husband offered to drill a small hole in the middle of each pill bottle lid.  The whistle string was fed through the hole, allowing the pill bottle first aid kit to be worn as a necklace.  We discussed what should go into a first aid kit and why the items might need to be included.  We let the girls decorate the outside of the pill bottles with Brownie stickers purchased from Michaels for under $2 when a 40% off coupon is used.  The girls were really happy with the finished product.

As an afterthought, our Co-leader suggested adding a cough drop to the kit.  I thought that would be a good idea, so I wanted to be sure to mention it here.
Thanks for reading! 


  1. I like that idea very useful. I enjoyed reading your blog and looking at the photo. Impressive!

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  2. Thank you so much for reading, Amber. I am really happy to hear you found my blog to be helpful.