Scout Rank is the first rank earned by a young man or woman upon joining a Scouts BSA troop. It helps a new Scout learn the basics of Scouting and gets them off on a good start on the path to Eagle Scout.
Find specific helps for some of the requirements for the Scout Rank listed below. (Not all of teh requirements are listed below. For the complete requirements, see your handbook or see the printable help at the bottom of this post.)
First of all if you are a parent and are new to Scouts BSA, you will find it helpful to familiarize yourself with the program so you can support your son or daughter. It is important to understand the role of the parent in this program. It is very different than the role of the parent in Cub Scouts
- Beginning Boy Scouts – Although this book was written before Boy Scouts became Scouts BSA and has the older terminology, it is still a great resource if you are new to the program. The information still applies.
- Where Do Scouts BSA Learn Skills?
- Encouraging a New Scout
1a. Repeat from memory the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan. In your own words, explain their meaning.
1c. Demonstrate the Boy Scout sign, salute, and handshake. Explain when they should be used
1d. Describe the First Class Scout badge and tell what each part stands for. Explain the significance of the First Class Scout badge.
- The Scout Law (for the history of the Scout Law)
- Trustworthy Tommy Song (to help you memorize the Scout Law)
- Scout Law Prayer or A Scouts Prayer by Lord Baden-Powell
- Scout Law Game
- Scouts BSA Basics Crossword Puzzle
- Scouts BSA Trivia Quiz
1b. Explain what Scout spirit is. Describe some ways you have shown Scout spirit by practicing the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Scout motto, and Scout slogan.
1e. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code. In your own words, explain what the Outdoor Code means to you.
1f. Repeat from memory the Pledge of Allegiance. In your own words, explain its meaning.
3a. Explain the patrol method. Describe the types of patrols that are used in your troop.
4a. Show how to tie a square knot, two half-hitches, and a tautline hitch. Explain how each knot is used.
5. Demonstrate your knowledge of pocketknife safety.
6. With your parent or guardian, complete the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children From Child Abuse: A Parent’s Guide and earn the Cyber Chip Award for your grade. (If your family does not have Internet access at home AND you do not have ready Internet access at school or another public place or via a mobile device, the Cyber Chip portion of this requirement may be waived by your Scoutmaster in consultation with your parent or guardian.)
7. Since joining the troop and while working on the Scout rank, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
And here are some printables to help you keep track of your progress: