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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:
- 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.
- Complete your board of review.
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:
Merit Badges - requirements and aids
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
Secondly, please read the 2nd paragraph of this page.
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.
@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.
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