Additions to these requirements,
which became effective on January 1, 2002,
are shown in Bold Underlined print, similar to this paragraph.
Deletions are shown struck
through in red italics, like this text.Unchanged text is shown like this.
The deletion of the
footnote to item 9b was actually made in 2001, but was never been formally
announced. The change to requirement
4a was actually made in 2000,
but was never formally announced.
To see the current requirements with no
highlighting of the changes,
to see a copy of the letter from the BSA National Office announcing these
changes. (pdf file)
NOTE: These requirements, and those for Tenderfoot and Second Class
may be worked on simultaneously; however these ranks must be earned in
- Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night
without using a compass.
- Using a compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at
least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of
designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.)
- Since joining, have participated in ten separate troop/patrol
activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included
- a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout -- including
one breakfast, lunch, and dinner - that requires cooking. Tell how
the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid
four basic food groups
and meets nutritional needs.
- b. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list
showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and
secure the ingredients.
- c. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be
needed to cook and serve these meals.
- d. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling
and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other
perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp
garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
- e. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook.
Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire.
Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a.
Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.
- Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by
your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant,
principal, teacher) your Constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S.
- Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native
plants found in your community.
- a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings
- b. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and
their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more
poles or staves together.
- c. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
- a. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several
ways it can be used.
- b. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle. and for
injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
- c. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other
person, a person:
- from a smoke-filled room
- with a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards.
- d. Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack.
Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip
- b. Successfully complete the
c. Demonstrate survival
skills by leaping into deep water wearing clothes (shoes, socks, swim
trunks, long pants, belt, and long-sleeved shirt). Remove
shoes and socks, inflate the shirt, and show that you can float using
the shirt for support. Remove and inflate the pants for support.
Swim 50 feet using the inflated pants for support, then show how to
reinflate the pants while using them for support.*
With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender
and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet
from shore in deep water.)
- Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath
(Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Complete your board of review.
*This requirement may be waived by the
troop committee for medical or safety reasons.
NOTE: Alternate Requirements
for the First Class rank are available for Scouts with
physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the
Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 33215E)
Please note that Requirement 12 - (Complete your
Board of Review) MAY be done AFTER the Scout' has reached age 18.
All other requirements must be completed BEFORE the Scout's 18th Birthday.