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.
Tenderfoot Requirement 4 – Whip and Fuse Rope, Hitches, and Teach Square Knot using EDGE
- Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
- Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
- Using the EDGE method teach another person how to tie the square knot.
Many outdoor activities require extensive knowledge of knots: camping, climbing, rappelling, spelunking, and more.
What steps can a parent take in encouraging a new Boy Scout who has just joined a troop with little or no previous Scouting experience?
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 […]
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.
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.
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.