Boy Scout Tenderfoot Rank

Tenderfoot is the first rank a Boy Scout can earn. The requirements for Tenderfoot introduce the youth to the skills he needs to get started in Boy Scouting.

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

Compassion

Public Service Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts

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.

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

Trustworthy Tommy Song

Trustworthy Tommy is a song to help Webelos and new Boy Scouts learn the Scout Law. Webelos need to memorize the law to earn the Arrow of Light. New Boy Scouts must memorize it for the Tenderfoot rank. Some boys who have trouble with rote memorization will find that learning the song helps it stick […]

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Boy Scout Bingo

Boy Scout Bingo

A lot of the requirements for Arrow of Light have to do with learning about Boy Scouts. So to make this more fun, I made up a set of picture bingo cards.

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US Flag

Simple Indoor Opening Flag Ceremony

Many of our kids have not been exposed to flag etiquette before their first flag ceremony, so take the time to give them some basic instruction. This is a very simple flag ceremony for Cub Scouts to use at Den and Pack meetings.

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US Flag

Displaying the US Flag with Other Flags

The US Flag is the symbol of our country. Scouts should know how to fold it, fly it, and handle it. Flag etiquette is part of many of the Scout requirements. In many cases, the rules are pretty straightforward. But in other cases, you just need to know the rules. For example, it gets more […]

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An unofficial guide to help parents, new leaders, and even scouting youth to better understand scouting goals and participate in Boy Scouting

Book Review: Beginning Boy Scouts

The subtitle is “An unofficial practical guide to Boy Scouting for parents and new leaders.” And that describes the book perfectly. If you know somebody who is new to the Boy Scout program, then this would be a great resource to give them an overview of the program. Note that this book only covers the […]

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Boy Scouts of America

Help for Boy Scout Early Rank Requirements

Boy Scouts working on their Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks might want to check out the early rank requirements videos from the BSA. Troop Instructors will also find these videos helpful when preparing to teach younger scouts a skill. These videos give step by step instructions for all of the requirements for these […]

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US Flag

How to Fold the US Flag

The US flag is the symbol of our country and every Scout should know how to handle it. One thing I emphasize when working with Scouts on flag etiquette is that the most important thing is respect. Scouts are going to make mistakes from time to time, but they should always do their best to […]

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Uniform and Flag

Boy Scouts and Uniforms

Beth asked, “I realized once again that, as proud as he is to wear the uniform at a Scout function, he still feels uncomfortable wearing it in public. I have seen this with many other boys as well. Has anyone else noticed this trend, and what can be done? These guys are the future of […]

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Summer Camp

Camp Programs for First Year Boy Scouts

Summer camp is usually the highlight of the Scouting year. It can be particularly exciting for first year Boy Scouts. It can also be a little intimidating. A program designed specifically for new Scouts will help them adjust to camp life.

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

BSA Methods – The Patrol Method

A patrol is a small group of Boy Scouts within a troop. They elect a patrol leader and function almost like a family within the troop. They divide up the chores to be done and work together as a group to meet their goals. They develop a patrol spirit and take pride in their accomplishments […]

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

BSA Methods – Uniform

Wearing a uniform identifies youth as Boy Scouts. It give them a sense of belonging to a group. The Boy Scout uniform is associated with the ideals of Scouting.

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Forest Hike

60 Hikes Within 60 Miles Book Series

We are coming up on some prime hiking season. In the spring the temperatures are mild and it isn’t buggy yet. So I am reviewing my favorite hiking book – 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles. Hopefully there is one available in your area.

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Klutz Book of Knots

My Favorite Knot Book

This book was recommended a few years ago when I went to Cub Scout BALOO training. I am not a “knot person”. I can watch someone do a knot and repeat it, but an hour later it is forgotten.

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Camping Equipment

Camping Log for Boy Scouts

Camping is an essential part of the Boy Scout program and Scouts need to keep track of how much camping they have done. There is a space for this in the back of their handbook, but as a Camping merit badge counselor, I know that there are some other aspects of their campouts they need […]

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

Patrol Activities in a Boy Scout Troop

One thing we’d like our youth leadership to consider is patrol activities. We have a pretty active troop program, but the patrols never do anything on their own. They could hike or get together to work on a requirement or even go on a campout.

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Tree

The Outdoor Code

Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

What Is a Board of Review?

When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he must appear before a board of review. A board of review is NOT the same as a Scoutmaster Conference but just with more people.

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Norman Rockwell's Boy Scout painting

What Is a Scoutmaster Conference?

One thing which sometimes throws new Scouts (and their parents) off guard is the Scoutmaster Conference. What in the world is a Scoutmaster Conference? Am I going to have to tie knots? What if I get nervous and forget how?!!!

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Helps and Requirements for the Tenderfoot Rank

Tenderfoot is the first rank a Boy Scout can earn. The requirements for Tenderfoot introduce the youth to the skills he needs to get started in Boy Scouting.

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Forest Hike

Hiking Safety (Front Country)

These guidelines are appropriate for a front country adventure in an area like a park. That is the only type of hiking which is appropriate for Cub Scouts. If you are going on a back country hike, then you need to consider some other safety rules, like bringing a fire source and knife.

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Rope

Knot Terminology

It is helpful to go over the terminology with Scouts before working on learning a knot. That way we have a common vocabulary to start with.

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First aid

First Aid for Tick Bites

Scouts like to get outdoors, but in many areas that brings the danger of tick bites. While most tick bites won’t cause more than minor irritation, if treated incorrectly complications can occur.

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First aid

First Aid Demonstration for Cuts

When you are doing first aid instruction, it is best to demonstrate it as much as possible. Here is a way they showed us at a Pow Wow a few years ago. I did this with my previous Webelos den and they really enjoyed it.

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Camping Equipment

Camping Packing List

One thing new scouts (and new leaders) often ask the first few times they go camping is “What do I need to bring?” Download a suggested list of personal camping gear.

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