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Rank Advancement

While all of the requirements for rank advancement in the BSA can be accomplished during normal troop and patrol activities, there are several requirements that can also be completed through self-study or through efforts outside of troop activities. The following table includes simple worksheets that can be used (with Scoutmaster approval) to complete many of these requirements or to report the completion of requirements to troop leadership. A list of all requirements for each rank, merit badge, and other award can be found at www.meritbadge.org.

As new requirements come into effect in 2016, this page will be updated as needed.

Click on the requirement number for the requirement worksheet.

Scout Badge Requirements (10 requirements total)
  7 Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath, Law, Motto, and Slogan, and The Outdoor Code.
  8 Describe the Scout badge.
  9 With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide".
Tenderfoot Requirements (15 requirements total)
  5 Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if you are lost.
  9 Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is an how you should respond to one.
  11 Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
Second Class Requirements (13 requirements total)
  2 Discuss the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3e Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both.
  5 Participate in an approved (minimum one hour) service project.
  6 Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
  8a Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
  9b Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
  10 Earn an amount of money agreed upon by you and your parent, then save at least 50 percent of that money.
First Class Requirements (14 requirements total)
  1 Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
  2 Using a map and 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).
a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid 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.
  4d 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.
  6 Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.
  8d Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9a Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
  10 Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop's activities. Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.
  11 Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to the use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
Star Requirements (7 requirements total)
  4 While a First Class Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
Life Requirements (8 requirements total)
  4 While a Star Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  6 While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout the skills from ONE of the [several] choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader's satisfaction.
Eagle Requirements (7 requirements total)
  5 While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 521-927, in meeting this requirement.

Additional help: Eagle Scout Service Project Planning Guide by Randall C. Smith.

Merit Badges

One of the difficulties in successfully completing merit badges is locating and working with a qualified merit badge counselor. To locate a counselor who has volunteered to work with the troop, please access Troopmaster via the web or smartphone app.

Leadership Positions of Responsibility

A key aspect of the scouting program is to provide scouts an opportunity to learn and practice leadership qualities. Service in various Positions of Responsibility are required for ranks in the Boy Scout program. Follow this link for a quick list of the various Positions of Responsibility and a short description of each.


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