First Class Scout

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, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously depending on your program offerings but the ranks must be earned in the proper sequence. Next rank to be earned after First Class is Star Scout.


  1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
  2. Using a 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 ten separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight.
  4. Accomplish the following:
    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 meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid 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.
    6. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.
  5. 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.
  6. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native plants found in your community.
  7. Accomplish the following:
    1. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings
    2. 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.
    3. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
  8. Accomplish the following:
    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:
      1. from a smoke-filled room
      2. 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).
  9. Accomplish the following:
    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 rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
  10. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  11. 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.
  12. Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
  13. Participate in a Scoutmaster Conference.
  14. Complete your Board of Review.

Note: These requirements, and those for Tenderfoot Scout and Second Class Scout may be worked on simultaneously; however these ranks must be earned in sequence.

Scout Spirit

  • A first class Scout Spirit Scout must never complain about weather, or work, or cleanup, and must never gripe or "whine" when a leader makes a decision they do not like.
  • A Scout must never criticize others harshly, or make fun of other Scouts whose skills aren't as good.
  • Do you handle normal personal tasks and patrol tasks (cooking, camp setup and tear down, getting water, etc.) without being asked?
  • Do you keep an eye on others in the troop and help them out - like pickup their garbage, or quietly returning stuff they forgot or left out, so that the Scoutmaster doesn't get it?
  • Do you sometimes lend a hand teaching new Scouts some of the basics (and you can do it without yelling)?
  • Are you starting to help out your patrol leader & troop by offering ideas for events, and helping to organize and call people when needed?
  • Do you listen & learn well when a Scoutmaster or more advanced Scout tries to teach you something, or do you play "know-it-all"?
  • Do you show Scout Spirit at home and in school?
  • Do you also meet the requirements for Second Class Scout?

Scout Spirit adapted from Hatboro Troop 81 website.

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