A version of the first note before requirement 1 was formerly included in each year's edition of Scouts BSA Requirements as a general note for all advancements. That note referred specifically to the requirements and the effective dates which were included in that book. In 2021, since BSA discontinued publishing the Scouts BSA Requirements book, the note was included as an introductory note for each set of rank requirements.
These rank requirements are official as of Jan. 1, 2021. If a Scout has started work toward a rank before that date using requirements that were current before Jan. 1, 2021, except as noted below, the Scout may complete that rank using the old requirements. Any progress toward a rank that is begun after Jan. 1, 2021, must use the requirements as they are presented on this webpage.
All requirements for Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop or as a Lone Scout. If you already completed these requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, simply demonstrate your knowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining the troop.
- Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
- Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
- Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used.
- Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
- Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
- Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
- After attending at least one Scout troop meeting, do the following:
- Describe how the Scouts in the troop provide its leadership.
- Describe the four steps of Scout advancement.
- Describe what the Scouts BSA ranks are and how they are earned.
- Describe what merit badges are and how they are earned.
- Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
- Become familiar with your patrol name, emblem, flag, and yell. Explain how these items create patrol spirit.
- Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a taut-line hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
- Show the proper care of a rope by learning how to whip and fuse the ends of different kinds of rope.
- Tell what you need to know about pocketknife safety.
- With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parents Guide" and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade. 1
- Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
The requirements for the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.
Alternative requirements for the Scout rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book.
1 If your family does not have internet access at home AND you do not have ready internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of the requirement may be waived by your Scoutmaster in consultation with your parent or guardian.
Scout became a rank effective Jan. 1, 2016. All requirements for the Scout rank must be completed as a member of a troop. If you have already completed these requirements as part of the Webelos Scouting Adventure, simply demonstrate your knowledge or skills to your Scoutmaster or other designated leader after joining. Upon joining, a Scout must still meet the age requirements. The Scout must be a youth who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
Source: BOY SCOUT REQUIREMENTS 2018