These are old Tenderfoot requirements. See the 2016 requirements.
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:
- Go to BeAScout.org
- Click the 'Boy Scouts' tab.
- Enter your zipcode and click the arrow button.
- Click on a Troop near you to see its contact info so you can call the Troop or your local Council about joining.
- Complete a BSA Youth Application and Health Record and give them to the Scoutmaster of the Troop you choose.
- 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.
- Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
- Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.
- Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
- 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.
- a. Record your best in the following tests:
Skill Current After 30 days Push Ups __________ __________ Pull Ups __________ __________ Sit Ups __________ __________ Standing Long Jump __________ __________ 1/4mile walk/run __________ __________
- Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
- 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
- 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.
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
- 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 Scouting Information to Use:
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Scout Awards - see what awards are available to scouts
Scout Ceremonies - some ceremony ideas
Scout Games - patrol or troop games
Scout Graces - fun meal graces
Scout Jokes - funny, gross, and silly jokes for scouts
Scout Projects - community projects for Scouts BSA patrols or troops
Scout Recipes - tasty food recipes for scout camping
Scout Skits - skits that scouts like to do
Scout Songs - songs for scouts
Scout Stories - stories that scouts will enjoy and understand
Scout Uniform - make sure you put all those badges and patches in the right spots
Scout Tests - online tests for scouts to test their knowledge
Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach First Class rank in 12-18 months
Eagle Scout Schedule - sample schedule to reach Eagle Scout
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.
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