Rank Requirements

This page was assembled by Chris P. our Advancement Chairman.  We use this information to help the incoming WEBELOS parents adjust to the Boy Scouts.
 
 

TROOP 402 TULLAHOMA

BOY SCOUTS

 The Boy Scout program is for 11 – 17 year old boys and focuses on achieving the BSA’s three-fold mission of developing character, citizenship and personal fitness through a vigorous program focused on outdoor activities.  It is here that the Parents role becomes fully supportive.  You are no longer required to attend meetings or activities.  Your son will begin learning leadership and teamwork skills on his own.  A Scoutmaster will be leading your boys in all activities.  Your basic function here is to make sure they get to where they need to be and provide them with all the resources they need.

 What resources do they need?  They will need to have the proper clothing and equipment for campouts and hikes.  They may have food assignments for campouts that not only affect them, but the other scouts who were counting on them.  They need to have good things to eat – don’t send them off on a 3-day campout with only a box of Hostess Cupcakes and some Hershey Bars!  As Scouts get older, they can become distracted by other activities like driving a car, dating, sports or any number of other activities.  This is why only 4% of all Scouts ever become Eagles.  Your job as a parent will be to lovingly remind them of their goals.  I imagine there would be far fewer Eagle Scouts if parents had not kept after their Scouts to finish the program.

 I have yet to meet a parent who was not proud of their Eagle Scout.  It is an accomplishment that shows true character.  Show me an Eagle, and I will show you a person who can set and achieve difficult goals.  Show me an Eagle, and I will show you a responsible, valuable citizen.  Show me an Eagle, and I will show you a parent who has assisted, supported and nurtured a little boy all the way through the ranks of Scouting so that he could stand on his own.
 
 

The Four Steps of ADVANCEMENT for a Boy Scout are:

1. THE BOY SCOUT LEARNS. A Scout learns by doing. As he learns, he grows in ability to do his part as a member of the patrol and the troop. As he develops knowledge and skill, he is asked to teach others; and in this way he begins to develop leadership.

2. THE BOY SCOUT IS TESTED. His patrol leader, Scoutmaster, assistant Scoutmaster, a troop committee member, or a member of his troop may test a Scout on rank requirements.  The Scout's merit badge counselor teaches and tests on the requirements for merit badges.

3. THE BOY SCOUT IS REVIEWED. After a Scout has completed all requirements for a rank, he has a board of review. Members of the troop committee conduct the review, except for the Eagle Scout board of review, which is conducted with help from outside the troop.

4. THE BOY SCOUT IS RECOGNIZED. When the board of review has certified a boy's advancement, he receives recognition at a formal court of honor.
 
 


Boy Scout Joining Requirements

  1. Meet age requirements: Be a boy who is 11 years old, or one who has completed the fifth grade or earned the Arrow of Light Award and is at least 10 years old, but is not yet 18 years old.
  2. Complete a Boy Scout application and health history signed by your parent or guardian.
  3. Find a Scout troop near your home.
     (To find a troop, contact your local Boy Scout Council.  The Council name, address and phone number can be found on BSA's Council Locator Page.)
  4. Repeat the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. Demonstrate the Scout sign, salute, and handshake.
  6. Demonstrate tying the square knot (a joining knot).
  7. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or PromiseLawmotto, and slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
  8. Describe the Scout badge.
  9. Complete the Pamphlet Exercises. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet "How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse: A Parent's Guide".
  10. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian, then participate in a Scoutmaster conference.


 
 

Tenderfoot Scout 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.
    1. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
    2. Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
    3. Using the EDGE method teach another person how to tie the square knot.
  4. 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.
  5. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
  6. Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout OathLawmotto, and slogan.
  7. Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
  8. 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.
    1. Record your best in the following tests:
      • Push-ups
      • Pull-ups
      • Sit-ups
      • Standing long jump
      • 1/4 mile walk/run
    2. Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.
  9. Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
    1. Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.
    2. 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 and stings of insects and ticks
      • Venomous snakebite
      • Nosebleed
      • Frostbite and sunburn
  10. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) 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.
  11. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  12. Complete your board of review


 
 


Second Class Scout Rank Requirements

    1. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols 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.*
  1. Discuss the principles of "Leave No Trace"
    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. Explain what factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
    3. 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 3c 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. In an approved place and at an approved time, demonstrate how to build a fire and set up a lightweight stove. Note: Lighting the fire is not required.
    7. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
  2. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity. Explain to your leader what respect is due the flag of the United States.
  3. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.
  4. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
    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:
      • Object in the eye
      • Bite of a suspected rabid animal
      • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
      • Serious burns (partial thickness, or second degree)
      • Heat exhaustion
      • Shock
      • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
    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.
    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, and explain the dangers of substance addictions.
    2. Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
  5. Earn an amount of money agreed upon by you and your parent, then save at least 50 percent of that money.
  6. 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) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  7. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  8. Complete your board of review.


First Class Scout 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 ten 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 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. 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 ten 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 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.
  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. Complete your board of review.


 
 


Star Rank Requirements

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a First Class Scout.
  2. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn 6 merit badges, including 4 from the required list for Eagle.*
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  4. While a First Class Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least 6 hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively 4 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop):

  6. Boy Scout troop.
    • Patrol leader,
    • assistant senior patrol leader,
    • senior patrol leader,
    • Venture patrol leader
    • troop guide,
    • Order of the Arrow troop representative,
    • den chief,
    • scribe,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • bugler,
    • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor ,
    • troop Webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer.
    Varsity Scout team.
    • Captain,
    • cocaptain,
    • program manager,
    • squad leader,
    • team secretary,
    • Order of the Arrow team representative,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • den chief,
    • team Webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer.
    Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
    • President,
    • vice president,
    • secretary,
    • treasurer,
    • den chief,
    • quartermaster,
    • historian,
    • guide,
    • boatswain,
    • boatswain's mate,
    • yeoman,
    • purser,
    • storekeeper,
    • crew/ship Webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer.
  7. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference
  8. Complete your board of review.


 
 


Life Rank Requirements

1.

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 6 months as a Star Scout.
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Earn 5 more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any 3 more from the required list for Eagle
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    ___________________________________(required for Eagle)*
    ____________________________________________________
    ____________________________________________________
  4. While a Star Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least 6 hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster.
  5. While a Star Scout, serve actively 6 months in one or more of the positions of responsibility listed in requirement 5 for Star Scout (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop).
  6. While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout the skills from ONE of the following seven choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader's satisfaction.
    1. Second Class - 7a and 7c (first aid)
    2. Second Class - 1a (outdoor skills)
    3. Second Class - 3c, 3d, 3e, and 3f (cooking/camping)
    4. First Class - 8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d (first aid)
    5. First Class - 1, 7a, and 7b (outdoor skills)
    6. First Class - 4a, 4b, and 4d (cooking/camping)
    7. Three requirements from one of the Eagle-required merit badges, as approved by your unit leader.
  7. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference
  8. Complete your board of review.


 
 


Eagle Rank Requirements

  1. Be active in your troop, team, crew, or ship for a period of at least 6 months after you have achieved the rank of Life Scout.
  2. Demonstrate that you live by the principles of the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life. List the names of individuals who know you personally and would be willing to provide a recommendation on your behalf, including parents/guardians, religious, educational, and employer references.
  3. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following:
    1. First Aid
    2. Citizenship in the Community
    3. Citizenship in the Nation
    4. Citizenship in the World
    5. Communications
    6. Personal Fitness
    7. Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving
    8. Environmental Science
    9. Personal Management
    10. Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling
    11. Camping, and
    12. Family Life*
  4. While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of 6 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility: 
    Boy Scout troop.
    • Patrol leader,
    • assistant senior patrol leader,
    • senior patrol leader,
    • Venture patrol leader,
    • troop guide,
    • Order of the Arrow troop representative,
    • den chief,
    • scribe,
    • librarian,
    • historian,
    • quartermaster,
    • junior assistant Scoutmaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor,
    • Webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer
    Varsity Scout team.
    • Captain,
    • cocaptain,
    • program manager,
    • squad leader,
    • team secretary,
    • Order of the Arrow team representative,
    • librarian,
    • historian
    • quartermaster,
    • chaplain aide,
    • instructor, or
    • den chief.
    • Webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer
    Venturing crew / Sea Scout ship.
    • President,
    • vice president,
    • secretary,
    • treasurer,
    • quartermaster
    • historian
    • den chief,
    • guide
    • boatswain,
    • boatswain's mate,
    • yeoman,
    • purser,
    • storekeeper
    • Webmaster, or
    • Leave No Trace trainer
  5. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project plan must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, No. 521-927, in meeting this requirement.
  6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  7. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review.


  Gold Eagle Palm pin
Eagle Palm Rank Requirements

After becoming an Eagle Scout, you may earn Palms by completing the following requirements:

  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout or after the award of last Palm.*
  2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
  3. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability.
  4. Earn five additional merit badges beyond those required for Eagle or last Palm.**.
  5. Take Part in a Scoutmaster conference.
  6. Complete your board of review.



 


LIST OF MERIT BADGES--2010



 
 

TROOP 402 TULLAHOMA

 Adult Leaders

Scouting is a boy-run program.  However, learning how to lead and plan does not usually come naturally.  The boys need guidance in their efforts.  This does not mean that they need to follow all the suggestions given to them by adults; it means that they probably could use some suggestions so that they can begin to make up their own minds. 

Scoutmaster

The primary adult providing leadership and training for the boys is the Scoutmaster. The Scoutmaster is the adviser to the Patrol Leaders’ Council (PLC) and reserves the right to veto anything that he believes would be harmful to the troop or contrary to the Rules and Regulations of the Boy Scouts of America.  The wise Scoutmaster, however, will seldom have to exercise this authority.  He should guide the patrol leaders’ council with careful suggestions and mature insights.  In this way the council will be trained to appreciate good judgment in activities and programs, as well as planning and executing the programs that it creates. 

The Scoutmaster also conducts Junior Leader Training (JLT) twice a year for all scouts taking a new leadership position.  Every six months the troop conducts elections for the new troop positions.

Assistant Scoutmasters

The first line of adult support for the Scoutmaster is the Assistant Scoutmaster.  In Troop 402, the Assistant Scoutmasters are adults that: 

Other Registered Adults

All adults are encouraged to become registered members of the troop.  When registering for the first time, they are registered as Committee Members.  In Troop 402, the Committee Member position can be a stepping stone to an Assistant Scoutmaster position by doing the steps mentioned under Assistant Scoutmaster.  Or the Committee Member can be an adult who works under the direction of the Committee Chairman whose primary responsibility is supporting the Scoutmaster in delivering a quality troop program and handling troop administration.
Committee Member

A common position for a new adult leader planning to work with the boys is that of Patrol Advisor (both Assistant Scoutmasters and Committee Members can be Patrol Advisors).  A Patrol Advisor is an adult who provides guidance to a patrol - the Advisor does not run the patrol.  The goal is to have an Advisor for each patrol.  This will usually be a parent whose son is in that patrol.

Adult Assignments

Responsibilities of Assistant Scoutmasters and Patrol Advisors depend on the qualifications and interests of the respective adult.  Examples of responsibilities include: 

 

Updated: 5-Feb-11