When preparing for a campout, one of the most common questions from less experienced campers is “What should I bring?” This article from Boy’s Life magazine is a good list of must haves for that campout.
Boy Scout Second Class Rank
The Second Class requirements may be worked on simultaneously with the requirements for Tenderfoot and First Class; these ranks must still be earned in sequence though.
Helps for specific requirements:
The High Adventure troop program feature for Boy Scouts will help a PLC plan a month of activities based on a high adventure campout. The campout should enourage Scouts to get out of their comfort zones and try something new
A reader asks about cutting the corners from a Whittling Chip card when the owner commits a safety infraction.
A reader’s son has been asked to wait two months for his board of review. This does seem like a long delay for rank advancement.
A reader asks if Scout skills can only be learned at Scout events. While this is typical, if a Scout learned the skill elsewhere and can fulfill the requirement then it should be signed off.
Can a troop place requirements on how a Board of Review must be requested? For example, can a troop require that the Scout request the BOR by phone rather than in person?
Scott sent in this question: My son is home schooled and has to do the requirement for second class 9a. The drug awareness part. do you have any suggestions on what he can do to meet this requirement?
This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Boy Scout troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.
A reader asks about what to do with the grommets after a flag retirement ceremony. What are your opinions?
Karen asked this question: “How many boys from a Patrol does there need to be to qualify as doing “anything” as a Patrol?”
This wilderness survival program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with a focus on outdoor skills and survival techniques.
What should be on a service hours form for Scouts or units wanting to record their participation in service projects?
This cooking program feature for Boy Scouts offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with food and cooking theme. The featured activity for this month is a patrol feast.
Reader Shelley asked “I’m a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?” Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions.
This science program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with a weather and energy theme.
This question was sent to me by reader Barbara: It has come to my knowledge that one of my boys (Webelos) is being bullied in school. Now, one of my new recruits is one of the bulliers. I would like to do a den meeting on bullying awareness. Maybe you can be of some help. […]
This athletics program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with an athletics theme.
The Special Cooking Troop Program Feature offers the opportunity to explore cooking with special equipment and techniques, including Dutch oven cooking, foil packs, and camp stoves.
If you are out with a goal oriented group and you want them to take some time to explore, consider adding one or more additional hiking activities.
This program feature offers the opportunity to explore different aspects of leadership. This would be an especially relevant program theme if your troop youth leadership elections are approaching.
The forestry program feature offers the opportunity to introduce natural resource management and conservation in a Boy Scout troop setting.
Basic instructions for a very simple closing flag ceremony. This simple closing flag ceremony is appropriate for a den, pack, or other meeting.
The physical fitness troop program feature offers the opportunity to introduce concepts of exercise diet, and healthy habits in a troop setting.
The citizenship troop program feature offers the opportunity to introduce concepts of history, flag etiquette, and responsibilities in a troop setting.
What is the best way to treat a knife cut? This article from Boy’s Life magazine explains how to stop the bleeding, clean the cut, and dress the wound.
The Totin Chip certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. Recently it also proved to be a great way to recruit new Scouts for our troop.
Knowledge of fire safety and the fire triangle is an essential outdoor skill. Scouts should understand the science of fire when camping. Understanding the way fire works and what is required to start and sustain a fire not only helps them build fires. It also helps scouts know how to contain fires and put them […]
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Safety troop program feature for August 2012. This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce kids to safety programs in a troop setting.
Comparing the 10 Commandments to the Boy Scout Law is an interesting activity for any Boy Scout group.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Health Care troop program feature for Boy Scouts for June 2012. BSA provides the troop program feature guides as a resource for Boy Scout troops.
Our troop recently camped at Johnson Shut-Ins State Park in southern Missouri. While we were there, we took a day trip to Taum Sauk Mountain State Park and hiked the Mina Sauk Falls Trail.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests an Emergency Preparedness troop program feature for Boy Scouts for May 2012.
This is a self contained camp stove which burns twigs, charcoal, wood pellets, etc. It has a small battery powered fan to draw air.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Camping troop program feature for Boy Scouts. The focus of this program feature is on outdoor skills.
Second Class is the second rank a Boy Scout can earn. He earns it after Tenderfoot. The Second Class rank requirements for Boy Scouts continue to teach the youth to the skills he needs to advance in Boy Scouting.
A major concern in this country is vanishing wildlife and wildlife habitat. Some of this loss comes from a lack of knowledge about the creatures of nature.
Skits can be a great way to start an instruction program. They get everyone’s attention focused. This is a skit I saw at a camporee, but it would also work as an introduction to a session on fire building.
Our council has a “Toasted Chit” training for pressurized fuel use. I believe this is a local requirement, but I thought the organization of the material might be helpful to anyone doing pressurized fuel instruction.
Our troop was asked to help set up for a blood drive at our church. The only hitch – it had to be set up by 7:30 AM! Getting Scouts to arrive that early can be difficult. It’s not necessarily the boys who are the hold up either. Many of the parents don’t enjoy getting […]
The focus in this program feature is citizenship and service. Younger Boy Scouts can work on flag etiquette, flag ceremonies, and their rights and duties as US Citizens. Older Scouts could work on the Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, and Citizenship in the World merit badges.