Tenderfoot Rank Requirements

Tenderfoot Requirements

Tenderfoot Requirements

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Tenderfoot is the first rank earned as a Boy Scout. The requirements of becoming a Tenderfoot provide basic skills to begin preparing the scout for higher adventure outings. Earning badges and receiving recognition can be very satisfying to boys. However, keep in mind that the badge is only a representation of a valuable set of skills that a scout has learned and demonstrated. The skills, wisdom, and experience gained through the activities of the scouting program are of much more value than a small badge.

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.


How to Join:

  1. Go to BeAScout.org
  2. Click the 'Boy Scouts' tab.
  3. Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
  4. Click on a Troop near you to see its contact info so you can call the Troop or your local Council about joining.
  5. Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Scoutmaster of the Troop you choose.

Tenderfoot Rank Requirements:
  1. Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before going on an overnight camping trip. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
  2. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
  3. On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
  4. a. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
    b. Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
    c. Using the EDGE method, teach another person how to tie the square knot.
  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.
  6. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
  7. Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.
  8. Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
  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 and how you should respond to one.
  10. a. Record your best in the following tests:
    SkillCurrentAfter 30 days
    Push Ups____________________
    Pull Ups____________________
    Sit Ups____________________
    Standing Long Jump____________________
    1/4mile walk/run____________________
    b. Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.
  11. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
  12. a. Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.
    b. Show first aid for the following:
    - Simple cuts and scrapes
    - Blisters on the hand and foot
    - Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first degree)
    - Bites or stings of insects and ticks
    - Venomous snakebite
    - Nosebleed
    - Frostbite and sunburn
  13. Demonstrate Scout Spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  14. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  15. Successfully complete your board of review for the Tenderfoot rank.

Alternate requirements for Tenderfoot 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

More Boy Scout Information to Use:
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  Boy Scout Activities - great scout activity ideas
  Boy Scout Awards - see what awards are available to Boy Scouts
  Boy Scout Ceremonies - a few ceremony ideas
  Boy Scout Games - patrol or troop games
  Boy Scout Graces - fun meal graces
  Boy Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
  Boy Scout Projects - community projects for Boy Scout patrols or troops
  Boy Scout Recipes - tasty food recipes for scout camping
  Boy Scout Skits - skits that Boy Scouts like to do
  Boy Scout Songs - songs for scouts
  Boy Scout Stories - stories that Boy Scouts will enjoy and understand
  Boy Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
  Boy Scout Tests - online tests for Boy Scouts to test their knowledge
  Boy Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach First Class rank in 12-18 months
  Eagle Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach Eagle Scout
  Boy Scout Monthly Themes

Achieving Tenderfoot rank is an important step on the Boy Scout Trail. If the scout joins a troop around March or April, he should try to earn this first rank advancement by completing the tenderfoot requirements before August or September. This will set him well for reaching his First Class rank by the next summer.

 Jun 10, 2013 - Bob
I was wondering if the Physical Fitness requirements for Tenderfoot can be used as the requiremtns for the Personal Fitness Merit badge.  They are very similar in nature.
Jun 10, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Bob - I don't see any similar requirements between Tenderfoot and Personal Fitness, except that sit-ups, pull-ups, and push-ups are done.  Even those requirements are specifically different.  The 12-week fitness program is certainly different than any Tenderfoot requirement.

Jun 11, 2013 - Bob
I guess I was just asking if a Scout fiished the 30 day requirement for his Tenderfoot (push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups) if he could just continue on from there for his Personal Fitness requirment of if he needed to start all over.  I know they aren't the same... (1/4 mile run versus 1 mile run etc) but I dind't know if he had to wait to finish Tenderfoot before he started Personal Fitness or if he could could carry on for the remaining 8 weeks?
Jun 13, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Bob - A scout can start a merit badge at any time, so he doesn't need to finish Tenderfoot before starting Personal Fitness.  The physical fitness activity for Tenderfoot is much different than the Personal Fitness merit badge requirements and would not count towards that merit badge.
Dec 20, 2013 - Deela Hicklen
My son is trying to get his tenderfoot. My question is when it ask "to demonstrate" can he demonstrate to us ( his parents), we are not leaders? My next question is while he is trying to finish his tenderfoot but does something at camp that is on the second class list , can he still mark it off of the first class checklist , or does he have to be completely finished with tenderfoot?

Dec 20, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Deela - The person signing off that his requirement was completed needs to be sure that the requirement was actually done.  Since the signer is the Scoutmaster, an assistant, or someone else s/he has designated, that person normally is present when the requirement is completed.  So, I would generally answer "No" to your first question.

Secondly, please read the 2nd paragraph of this page.
Mar 05, 2014 - Rob
@Deela, your son's Patrol Leader or any First Class scout should be signing him off on Tenderfoot & 2nd Class requirements.
Mar 05, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Rob - That is not quite right.  The "unit leader" has responsibility for signing off advancement requirements - that is the Scoutmaster.  The Scoutmaster may designate others to sign off on some requirements and it is the Scoutmaster's responsibility to ensure that designee performs the task appropriately.

Some troops allow any scout of a higher rank to sign off on lower rank requirements.  Other troops allow Eagle or Life scouts to sign off.  Others have a select group of specifically trained youth that can sign off.  Others allow any Asst. Scoutmaster to sign off.  Others allow only the Scoutmaster.  
It is ultimately the Scoutmaster's responsibility and s/he decides who else is designated to perform the task.
Jul 23, 2014 - Eric
Does the personal fitness requirement have to be done in the Troop setting or can the Scout record them, keep records and then show the records at the end of the 30 days?  We are getting a lot of flack on this.  My son did that, showed the patrol leader, who is a designee, and was signed off.  He had his Scoutmaster Conference, and was signed off, and now the Committee Chair/Advancement coordinator, says that he had to start and finish the requirement in a Troop setting.  She did give him the test and he did show improvement over his final from before, but now still has to do it again is 30 days. Does this sound right?  Overkill? or is this normal?
Sep 28, 2014 - Bob
10b.  Most of my scouts can't to a pull up.  Do they have to show improvement in All categories?  what if they can get half way up, but don't get to a full 1 on the pull up after 30 days.  Do they have to restart the 30 days, or can they try 7 days later?
Sep 29, 2014 - Scouter Paul
@Eric - The person that signs off on a requirement is giving their word that it was fulfilled.  I would not sign off on a scout having done the initial or final performance without having been there to see him do it myself.  If another designated authority signed that a scout did 2 pull-ups on day 1 and then I witnessed him do 3 pull-ups on day 31, I would sign off on that one.

@Bob - I have only seen the requirement interpreted as improvement in each and every category.  If a scout only does one more sit-up than he did at the start, but no improvement in the other tests, then that is not "improvement in the activities".
The requirement says to show improvement after practicing for 30 days.  If a scout actually practices for 30 days, it's difficult NOT to show improvement.  But, if he doesn't show improvement, he can try again at 31 days, then 32 days, ... until there IS demonstrated improvement.  Each of those attempts would be after practicing 30 days.
Dec 18, 2014 - Patrick
My biggest regret is i left scouting as a youth after earning advancement to Scout because of a miserable clique of boys, who also became the school bullies, made it a bad experience.  Instead i focused on sports and later joined the military.  Now my son is in scouting, i am proud of him and i hope to see him one day attain the Eagle rank.

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