Scouting’s Teaching EDGE (BSA Edge Method)

Scouting’s Teaching EDGE

The Scouts BSA requirements for Tenderfoot and Life ranks require the Scout to use the BSA EDGE method to help somebody else learn a skill. This is a four step method for teaching a skill. It is sometimes called Scouting’s Teaching EDGE.

EDGE is very basic, but it really does work. It will help Cub Scouts learn and retain skills also.  So it is not only for Scouts BSA and Venturers, but for den leaders also.

The BSA EDGE Method

The EDGE method is a four step method for teaching a skill:

  • Explain
  • Demonstrate
  • Guide
  • Enable

Explain

First explain what you will be doing. Tell them the steps involved. Visual aids might be helpful for this step. Use questions to gauge their understanding.

Demonstrate

Show them how to do the skill. Demonstrate the steps using the actual materials. Describe what you are doing.

Guide

Let them practice the skill. Guide and coach them as they try to do it themselves. This step will take the most time.

Enable

Enable them by letting them do the skill themselves without any intervention.

Example of an Teaching EDGE Exercise

At an ILSC training, our Crew president did an exercise with paper airplanes to help the participants understand the Teaching EDGE:

  • Explain: He explained how they would make a paper airplane.
  • Demonstrate: He got out a piece of paper and showed them how to make the paper airplane.
  • Guide: He gave each of them a piece of paper and described each step. As he described the step, they did it with their pieces of paper.
  • Enable: He gave them each another piece of paper and told them to make a paper airplane on their own.

Resources

Scouts BSA Advancements which require the EDGE Method

Scouts BSA Tenderfoot Leadership Requirements

Scouts BSA Life EDGE Method Requirement

The Right Way to Teach a Skill

ScoutCast explains why the BSA Edge Method is the best way to learn a skill. This is a podcast episode.

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Comments

40 responses to “Scouting’s Teaching EDGE (BSA Edge Method)”

  1. bigb Avatar
    bigb

    thanks that helped me with my tenderfoot rank

  2. caleb Avatar
    caleb

    this will help me with my tenderfoot too!Thanks!

  3. Person Avatar
    Person

    Thanks this is helping get my life. that sounds weird.

  4.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    Thks u helped me get life rank( new requirement)

  5. Also anonymous Avatar
    Also anonymous

    Thanks, you helped meget Life rank too, because all of the sudden we are supposed to know this, but it isn’t in our issued handbooks, and no one told us about it.

  6.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    Thanks, my scoutmaster got semi-pissed at me when I asked him what EDGE was, thanks for the help.

  7. Nathan Avatar
    Nathan

    Thanks, this is helping me get my tenderfoot rank (I’m a noob)

    1. rattlesnake Avatar
      rattlesnake

      what troop our yo in I’m 446. Plz tell me if not you don’t have 2 just type no or your troop no.

  8. scout Avatar
    scout

    thanks for helping me get my life rank for BSA!

  9. Cannan Avatar
    Cannan

    This helps! I’m teaching the leadership courses for my troop and this is one of the things i have to teach and demonstrate how to use. This also is helping me get to my Eagle. I have about 7 more months Before i get it. Thanks again.

    1. Jack Avatar
      Jack

      Hey, this is helping me get my Eagle as well!

  10. Anonymous Avatar
    Anonymous

    helped my tenderfoot rank

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    Anonymous

    This helped with me with my Eagle board of review, Thanks!

  12. h Avatar
    h

    this helped me earn my “life” scout rank! thanks a bunch

  13. Matt The Scout Avatar
    Matt The Scout

    I may actually become a Tenderfoot now.

  14. Zach Avatar
    Zach

    I do this as a teaching method anyways…lol. thanks, this is helping me get my life rank 🙂

  15. David Avatar
    David

    I was thankful that you posted this, it helped me all the way to life scout.

  16. Chris Avatar
    Chris

    Great explanation! It amazes me that this is a requirement that our scoutmasters are aware of but it’s never been taught to the boys so they know what is expected of them. So much for us doing our jobs by using EDGE to teach EDGE! I will be fixing that at the next troop meeting. THANKS!

  17. Luke Avatar
    Luke

    My scout master almost killed me when I didn’t know this! Thanks!!!!

  18. Tim Avatar
    Tim

    Thanks it helped me earn my tenderfoot

  19. jose Avatar
    jose

    it helped me get a life requirement.

  20. Ethan Avatar

    Thx! That helped me get my tenderfoot rank

  21. guy Avatar
    guy

    how would i give a presentation on this?

    1. Scouter Mom Avatar

      I added an example at the bottom of the article which describes how our Crew president used paper airplanes to present the Teaching EDGE at our recent ILSC training.

  22. teri Avatar
    teri

    We are changing scout masters and I don’t think our boys who are star and life have any idea how to do this or what it is called. Very helpful, I will pass this along. I like explanation to with air plane!

  23. Weston Reams Avatar
    Weston Reams

    Thanks this helped out with reviewing for my eagle board of review. It’s in a few hours wish me luck!

  24. abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz Avatar
    abcdefghijklmnopqrstuvwxyz

    what are some things i can teach using this

    1. anonymous Avatar
      anonymous

      what are some things i can teach

      1. Scouter Mom Avatar

        If you are using it for one of your Boy Scout requirements, see your handbook for a list of things you can teach. For most recent ILSC, our leader used making a paper airplane to demonstrate the EDGE method. What you teach should fit your audience and any requirement you are trying to fulfill.

  25. Beth Avatar
    Beth

    The paper plane method is used in official BSA Trainers EDGE training. If possible try to use a different skill to model EDGE method. This way if they ever take the training, they are doing something different.

  26. Scoutermom Avatar

    Now I can teach someone how to teach with EDGE with EDGE

  27. Me Avatar
    Me

    Thanks, this will help me get my cyber chip

  28. Caleb Avatar
    Caleb

    This is going to help me earn my life. thank you for reminding of the edge method.

    1. aaron Avatar
      aaron

      this helped me get my tenderfoot 🙂

  29. Scout Avatar
    Scout

    This helped me get my tenderfoot rank done to!!!! Thanks a whole lot!!!!!!!!!!!

  30. Hello Avatar
    Hello

    Thank you my scout master will not pass me to tenderfoot without

  31. Boden Avatar
    Boden

    helped me get my tenderfoot

  32. Jack Avatar
    Jack

    tenderfoot aquiered

  33. Nick Avatar
    Nick

    Thank you so much! This was one of the hardest steps in tenderfoot, because it doesn’t say what EDGE is in the handbook! Thanks again.

  34. Max Avatar

    this helped me with my Tenderfoot Rank ?

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