Life is the fifth rank a Boy Scout can earn. It is earned after Star. A Scout working on the rank of Life continues to develop leadership, participates in service projects, and earns merit badges. He must also share his skills by using the EDGE method to teach another Scout.
Life Requirement 6 - EDGE Method
While a Star Scout, use the EDGE method to teach a younger Scout the skills from ONE of the following seven choices, so that he is prepared to pass those requirements to his unit leader’s satisfaction.
- Second Class – 7a and 7c (first aid)
- Second Class – 1a (outdoor skills)
- Second Class – 3c, 3d, 3e, and 3f (cooking/camping)
- First Class – 8a, 8b, 8c, and 8d (first aid)
- First Class – 1, 7a, and 7b (outdoor skills)
- First Class – 4a, 4b, and 4d (cooking/camping)
- Three requirements from one of the Eagle-required merit badges, as approved by your unit leader.
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.
The latest Boy Scout requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the EDGE method. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scouting’s Teaching EDGE.
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.