Second Class Scout

Second Class scouts work on building their outdoor survival and camping skills. Compass work, nature observation, camp tools, and swimming are areas where new skills are mastered and demonstrated. A second class scout, having completed all the requirements, should be able to lead a hike, care for his own equipment, set up a campsite, and perform basic first aid.

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.


  1. Accomplish the following:
    1. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map sy# mbols mean.
    2. Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.**
  2. Accomplish the following:
    1. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight.
    2. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.
    3. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
    4. Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
    5. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both..
    6. Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove.
    7. On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
  3. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity.
  4. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.
  5. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
  6. Accomplish the following:
    1. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
    2. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
    3. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
      1. Object in the eye
      2. Bite of a suspected rabid animal
      3. Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
      4. Serious burns (partial thickness, or second degree)
      5. Heat exhaustion
      6. Shock
      7. Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
  7. Accomplish the following:
    1. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
    2. Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
    3. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
  8. Accomplish the following:
    1. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family.
    2. Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
  9. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  10. Participate in a Scoutmaster Conference
  11. Complete your Board of Review

** If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute "trip" for "hike" in requirement 1b.

Note: These requirements may be worked on simultaneously with those for the Tenderfoot and First Class ranks; however these ranks must be earned in sequence.

Scout Spirit

  • Do you participate in lots of troop activities regularly (better than 50%, and better than 75% for Troop Officers and Patrol Leaders)?
  • Do you come to "work" activities like service projects and meetings, as well as fun nights?
  • Do you try not to complain or put other people down, even when you feel bad or you have to do a task like cleanup?
  • Are you willing to try new things, and keep trying even when you don't succeed at first?
  • Do you pay attention when we need you to, and know when to stop what you're doing to help out?
  • Do you come prepared for campouts? Do you keep track of your stuff, or lose it a lot?
  • Do you never bully, harass, or joke around with other Scouts unless they are willing & happy participants?

Scout Spirit adapted from Hatboro Troop 81 website.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.5 License.