Boy Scout Archives: Second Class Requirement 1 – Map Reading and Five Mile Hike
- Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
- Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian. * If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute “trip” for “hike” in requirement 1b.
Where Do Boy Scouts Learn Skills? 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.
Backpacking Troop Program Feature 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.
Wilderness Survival Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts 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.
Science Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts This science program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month's worth of troop activities with a weather and energy theme.
Backpacking Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts A backpacking programs feature offers the opportunity to learn the skills to successfully plan and carry out a backpacking trip.
Hiking Activities 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.
Leadership Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts 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.
Forestry Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts The forestry program feature offers the opportunity to introduce natural resource management and conservation in a Boy Scout troop setting.
Physical Fitness Troop Program Feature for Boy Scouts The physical fitness troop program feature offers the opportunity to introduce concepts of exercise diet, and healthy habits in a troop setting.
Bear Grylls Survival Series Ultimate Kit Nylon pouch, multi-tool, miniature light, hand saw, signaling mirror, survival blanket, fire starter, waterproof matches, cotton ball fire tinder, snare wire, emergency cord, waxed thread, fishing kit, sewing kit, pocket survival guide, and rescue instructions.
Walking Stick (From 41 to 58 inches for correct sizing) This walking stick comes in 4 different lengths so you can get the correct size for your height, resulting in more comfortable hiking.
60 Hikes Within 60 Miles (Multiple Locations Available) This is great for Scout units, because you can pick up the book and know you are going to be able to find something within a reasonable driving distance.
The Scoutmaster's Other Handbook Proven ideas for building strong, successful, sustainable troops that truly achieve the promise of Scouting - from meetings and outings to administration.
Review - Mina Sauk Falls Trail at Taum Sauk State Park 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.
BSA Methods - The Outdoors One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the outdoors”. Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.
Second Class Rank Requirements for Boy Scouts 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.
Powdered Sports Drink Recipe Sports drinks like Gatorade or Power Aid are designed to replenish the water and salt your body loses when you are active or exercising. You can mix up your own powdered mix to accomplish this for a fraction of the cost of purchasing these drinks by the bottle.
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 three ranks.
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.
Personal Measurement Log for Orienteering When you go on an orienteering course, you need to have some ways to measure things. Some of the methods used require you to have something of known length for comparison. A personal measurement log will help you with this.
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.
Helps and Requirements for the Second Class Rank Second Class is the second rank a Boy Scout can earn. He earns it after Tenderfoot. The requirements for Second Class continue to teach the youth to the skills he needs to advance in Boy Scouting.
Maps, Compasses, and Declination Scouts will be interested to learn that the north indicated by their compasses is not really true north. Instead it points to the magnetic north pole, which is not fixed. The difference between true north and magnetic north is called declination.