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How to Earn the Rank of Second Class

  • Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.

  • Using a compass and a map you've drawn, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles on bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.

  • Since joining, have participated in 5 separate Troop/Patrol activities (other than Troop/Patrol meetings), 2 of which included camping overnight.

  • On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.

  • On a camp out, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of knife, ax, and saw, and describe when they should be used.

  • Use the tools listed above to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.

  • Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both.

  • Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove.

  • On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the four basic food groups. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.

  • Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or Troop activity.

  • Participate in an approved service project (minimum of 1 hour).

  • Identify or show evidence of at least 10 wild animals found in your community.

  • Show what to do for hurry cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning.

  • Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a trip.

  • Show first aid for the following:
    • Object in the eye
    • Bite of a suspected rabid animal
    • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail and fish hook
    • Serious burns (second degree)
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Shock
    • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
  • Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. Demonstrate your ability to jump feet first 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.*

  • 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.

  • Participate in a school, community, or Troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, tobacco, and other practices that are harmful to your health. Discuss your participation with your family.

  • Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life.

  • Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

  • Complete the board of review.

  • * This requirement may be waived by the troop committee for medical or safety reasons.

For information on Cub Scouts & Boy Scouts,
call the National Council on Scouting at
(972) 580-2000

Here are the Ranks of the Boy Scouts
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Scout Tenderfoot 2nd Class 1st Class Star Life Eagle

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