First Class Rank Requirements

First Class Requirements

First Class Requirements

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When the First Class rank is attained, a scout has learned all the basic camping and outdoors skills of a scout. He can fend for himself in the wild, lead others on a hike or campout, set up a camp site, plan and properly prepare meals, and provide first aid for most situations he may encounter. A First Class scout is prepared.

Individual requirement items for Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously depending on your program offerings but the ranks must be earned in the proper sequence.

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First Class
First Class Rank Requirements:
  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.).
  3. Since joining, have participated in 10 separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight. Demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
    1. 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 MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model and meets nutritional needs.
    2. 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.
    3. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
    4. 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.
    5. 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.
  4. 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. citizen.
  5. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.
    1. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then 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.
    2. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
    1. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.
    2. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
    3. 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
    4. Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
    1. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
    2. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
    3. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
  6. 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. (Use This Worksheet to fulfill this requirement added in 2006)
  7. Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
  8. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used for Tenderfoot requirement 13 and Second Class requirement 11) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  9. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  10. Successfully complete your board of review for the First Class rank.

Alternate requirements for First Class Rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks

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 Jun 18, 2013 - Wendy
For requirement #10, does the invited boy actually have to attend a troop activity?
Jun 18, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Wendy - No, he does not.
Nov 11, 2013 - Teresa
Are there any options for a boy who has a phobia against water?  He has learned how to handle being in water and can swim with his head out of water but he suffers a panic attack if his head goes under water (so jumping in over his head is out of the question).  He has had 4 years of swim lessons to get this far.  He loves being a scout and has been involved from Tigers.  Will this end his scouting career at 1st class?
Nov 12, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Teresa - There is a link above to alternate requirements for scouts with permanent physical or mental disabilities.  A fear of water is typically not 'permanent' and the scout needs to overcome that fear to advance.  As you said, he has improved over 4 years.  I expect he will continue to improve and eventually reach his goal.

Nov 18, 2013 - Stacie
Do you have any insight on how to complete 1st class requirement 9c? It is all that is left for my son & the only video I could find online is not super helpful in terms of how to actually tie the rope, role as tender vs rescuer, etc. The troop is not currently planning any events where he can complete this. Thanks!
Nov 18, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Stacie - Your son should be talking this over with his Scoutmaster to figure out a way to complete it.  He'll need 2 other people and at least a big, deep swimming pool.  He should look on page 199 of his 12th edition Scout Handbook for information about the required skills.
Dec 05, 2013 - Jason
I have a scout who went over budget for his patrol for a weekend camping trip?  Do I discuss with him how a scout is "thrifty" and the importance of sticking to his budget and then sign off for the requirement (he did everything else well), or do I have him do it again.  Just looking for suggestions if anyone else has dealt with this.  thanks
Dec 05, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Jason - I assume you are asking about requirement 4b.  It is not a requirement that the scout come in under budget.
I think having him identify why he was over budget and how that can be prevented would be a good discussion.  If he was grossly over budget, like 25% or more, it seems the planning did not happen and then another chance might be in order for 4b.
Mar 13, 2014 - brenda
i was just wondering about the camping says since joining to have at least 3 camping overnight. Does this mean participating in 3 seperate campouts or is there a reqired number of nights they need. Thanks
Mar 13, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@brenda - It means three of the ten activities must include camping overnight.  So, the minimum number of nights would be three, and each of those would be on a separate activity, not just 1 or 2 campouts.
Mar 15, 2014 - brenda
Can summer camp be counted as one of the activities? So, a minimum or 3 nights as long as they are on seperate 4 different campouts at different times for a total of 12 nights camping would qualify for the camping requirements, correct?? sorry about all this, im just confused because i have one leader telling me that 12 nights isnt enough but another leader telling me that it is and noone will sign it as complete in my sons book..      also, if i might ask another there anyother way to get the cooking requirements without doing it on a campout?  i was able to get my sone to go on those 4 trips but don't see him doing any more, he had a really hard time at night to which we would receive a phone call each night with him crying...thank you very much for all of you assistance and help.
Mar 16, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@brenda - (The email you entered is incorrect and I can't send you responses directly.)
Yes, summer camp can be counted - if he went there with his troop or patrol and demonstrated LNT principles there.

4 different campouts, with at least 1 overnight of camping on at least 3 of them would fulfill the requirement.

I don't understand how a leader can be saying that 12 nights is not enough when the requirement is only 3 nights.

Requirement 4e says "On one campout..." so I would expect it to be completed while on a campout.

If your son is not ready to enjoy camping with the troop, he (and you) may just need to wait to advance to First Class rank when he is ready.
Mar 17, 2014 - brenda
Thank You very much for your assistance.
Aug 12, 2014 - Bryce
Can someone clarify, the 5 activities for 2nd class and the 10 activities from 1st class should not overlap, correct?
Aug 12, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Bryce - the 10 for 1st class includes those from 2nd class.  It is not a total of 15, just 10

Aug 13, 2014 - Bryce
Makes it much easier, glad I asked.  Thank you for the quick response Scouter Paul!
Sep 04, 2014 - Wanda
What does "successfully complete" the BSA swim test meant?  Does it mean the boy must be classified as a swimmer?  What if he completes the test but is classified as a beginner?
Sep 04, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Wanda - Completing means passing.  If the scout completes each requirement in the test, then he passed the test.  He would be classified as a beginner if he could not complete all the test requirements.

The test is:  Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.

Sep 22, 2014 - Mari
Can I get examples of activities to do this?
"Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass."
Sep 22, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Mari - See directions with no compass for some methods.
Sep 23, 2014 - Mari
For the requirement 4 (a,b,c,d,& e). If the Scout did all of this while he was working for Tenderfoot and 2nd class, does it count? or should be do it again?
Sep 23, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Mari - The cooking/food requirements for Tenderfoot, 2nd Class, and 1st Class are much different.  It starts with assisting, then cooking for yourself, then leading a group.  
If a scout prepared a meal I would NOT have that count for a meal in Tenderfoot, 2nd, and 1st Class advancement requirements.
Sep 23, 2014 - Mari
Thank you for clarify.
Apr 04, 2015 - John Thompson
Who is authorized to sign off on first class requirements 9a, 9b and 9c? Does it need to be a certified lifeguard or can a scoutmaster/asst scoutmaster sign off on it?

thank you
Apr 08, 2015 - Scouter Paul
@John - The scoutmaster, or someone s/he designates, signs off on advancement requirements.   Unless the scoutmaster has made it known that specific other people can sign off, then it is his/her responsibility to observe and sign off.

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