Boy Scout Tenderfoot Badge

Tenderfoot Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts

The first rank earned by a Boy Scout is Tenderfoot. (Upon meeting the joining requirements, new Scouts receive a Scout badge, but this is not a true rank.)

New Boy Scouts in a Troop will find rank advancement quite different than Cub Scouts. Instead of being guided by a den leader, they must take much more responsibility for their advancement. Hopefully the troop has good youth leadership, including Troop Guides and Instructors, to help them out.

The requirements for Tenderfoot mostly introduce the new Scouts to the basic skills they should know now that they are Boy Scouts. They are completely age appropriate for a typical 10, 11, or 12 year old.

The Tenderfoot requirements may be worked on simultaneously with the requirements for Second Class and First Class ranks; these ranks must still be earned in sequence though.

More helps for the Tenderfoot rank

Requirements for the Tenderfoot Rank for Boy Scouts

  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.
  4. Do the following:
    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.
  5. 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.
  6. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
  7. Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.
  8. Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
  9. 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:
      1. Push-ups ______________
      2. Pull-ups ______________
      3. Sit-ups ______________
      4. Standing long jump ______________
      5. 1/4 mile walk/run ______________
    2. Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.
      1. Push-ups ______________
      2. Pull-ups ______________
      3. Sit-ups ______________
      4. Standing long jump ______________
      5. 1/4 mile walk/run ______________
  11. 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:
      1. Simple cuts and scrapes
      2. Blisters on the hand and foot
      3. Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first degree)
      4. Bites and stings of insects and ticks
      5. Venomous snakebite
      6. Nosebleed
      7. Frostbite and sunburn
  13. 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.
  14. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  15. Complete your board of review
Get a printable checkoff list of these requirements for use with your patrol.

2 Responses to Tenderfoot Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts

  1. Bush September 21, 2014 at 7:26 PM #

    Scouting is for losers

    • Scouter Mom September 29, 2014 at 12:13 PM #

      It is comments like these which demonstrate the need for youth development programs like Scouting and Venturing. Maybe these programs aren’t for everyone, but why actively discourage others from getting involved. Scouting and Venturing teach youth to respect and celebrate each person’s individual talents and accomplishments, even if they are different than our own.

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