About the Tenderfoot Rank for Scouts BSA
Tenderfoot is the rank a Scout can earn after Scout. The requirements for Tenderfoot introduce the youth to the skills he or she needs to get started in Scouts BSA.
See helps for the specific Tenderfoot requirements below.
- Tenderfoot Rank Requirements
- Requirement 1: Camping and Outdoor Ethics
- Requirement 2: Cooking
- Requirement 3: Knots and Tools
- Requirement 4: First Aid and Nature
- Requirement 5: Hiking
- Requirement 6: Fitness
- Requirement 7: Citizenship
- Requirement 8: Leadership
- Requirement 9: Scout Spirit
- Requirement 10: Scoutmaster Conference
- Requirement 11: Tenderfoot Board of Review
Help with Answers for Tenderfoot Rank Requirements
Find specific helps for some of the Tenderfoot rank requirements listed below. Some of these resources will just give the answers. Others will provide engaging ways for older Scouts to introduce these concepts to new Scouts.
Requirement 1: Camping and Outdoor Ethics
Requirement 1 Helps and Answers
“What do I need to bring?” Download a suggested list of personal camping gear.
This checklist includes patrol gear in addition to personal gear.
A Campmaster can help a patrol prepare for those weekend campouts by utilizing this planning guide. Older Scouts may want to introduce this to younger Scouts as part of Tenderfoot requirement 1.
Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Scouts BSA, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.
Scouts will need to know how many nights they have camped for later merit badges and rank advancements, so they should start keeping track from the beginning.
This award recognizes Scouts who do a lot of camping and who have the skills to be comfortable and safe at camp.
Prepare for camping
Choosing a Campsite
Requirement 2: Cooking
Requirement 2 Helps and Answers
Why share in cooking and cleanup?
Your patrol is a Scout’s family at camp. It is important that everyone pitch in with the food preparation and cleanup. That way no one person is doing too much and everyone has a chance to enjoy other camp activities too.
Preparing a duty roster beforehand will ensure that everyone rotates through the various duties. This also teaches Scouts new skills they might otherwise be reluctant to try.
Why eat together as a patrol?
When a patrol eats together, they get to know each other better. They can talk about how they are feeling. They can tell funny stories. If one member of the patrol is worried about something, the others can reassure him or her. Eating together opens the lines of communication within the patrol.
When first asked to be in charge of cooking, a common response is “But I don’t know what to do!”. Here are some basic instructions.
Camp cooking can offer some challenges, but it can also be very rewarding. Go beyond hotdogs and hamburgers with these simple recipes.
Put the ingredients in, put some charcoal on the top and bottom, come back later, and voila! you have a delicious dish. See some recipes.
The most typical foil pack ingredients are ground beef, potatoes, carrots, and onions. But don’t get stuck in a rut! Try some new combination
Requirement 3: Knots and Tools
Requirement 3 Helps and Answers
Practical Uses of Square Knot
The square knot can be used to tie something to a backpack or secure a parcel. Don’t use it for anything heavy though as it fails under a large load.
Practical Uses of Two Half Hitches
Two half hitches are very useful at camp. Use them to attach a rope to a tree or post, such as for hanging a clothes line.
Practical Uses of Taut Line
The taut line slides easily making it a really good knot for securing tent lines to stakes.
A Scout who completes the requirement for the Totin’ Chip certification shows that he or she has the knowledge and skills to safely handle wood tools, such as an ax, hatchet, pocketknife, or hand saw.
It is helpful to go over the terminology with Scouts before learning the knots for Tenderfoot requirement 3. That way we have a common vocabulary to start with.
How to Tie the Knots
Tool care and use
Requirement 4: First Aid and Nature
Requirement 4 Helps and Answers
First aid baseball is a fun way to review first aid skills with Scouts. There are instructions for the game and a set of question cards.
When you are doing first aid instruction, it is best to demonstrate it as much as possible. Here is a simple method.
For a more elaborate demonstration for Tenderfoot requirement 4, try this method of making a fake wound on a “victim” or two.
See how to treat those blisters.
Learn how to avoid and treat poison ivy.
Take this online quiz to learn about seven different plants which might cause a reaction such as a rash or itchiness if you come in contact with them.
While most tick bites won’t cause more than minor irritation, if treated incorrectly complications may occur.
Basic First Aid
Personal first aid kit
Requirement 5: Hiking
Requirement 5 Helps and Answers
Scouts need to know what to do if they are accidentally separated from the larger group on a hiking adventure. The STOP acronym will help them remember.
- S: Stay Put
- T: Think
- O: Observe
- P: Plan
Two heads are better than one. Not only can a buddy help if there is a problem, but just having someone there can keep a Scout calm in an emergency situation. Scouts are less likely to make a bad decision if they are calm.
These guidelines are appropriate for a front country area. For backcountry hiking, where first aid is not readily available, you will need to take further precautions.
If you become lost
Requirement 6: Fitness
Requirement 6 Helps and Answers
See if your technique is correct before starting the fitness activities for Tenderfoot requirement 6.
Topics in this program feature include the Get FITT principle, the My Plate Way, Body Mass Index (BMI), and measuring flexibility with a sit and reach box.
Requirement 7: Citizenship
Requirement 7 Helps and Answers
The US Flag is the symbol of our country. Scouts should know how to fold it, fly it, and handle it.
These are some basic rules for raising and lowering the US flag. The most important rule to remember is to always treat the US flag with dignity and respect.
Folding a flag is not difficult if you follow these simple steps. Diagrams are included.
This is a very simple opening flag ceremony for Cub Scouts to use at meetings.
Basic instructions for a very simple closing flag ceremony. This simple closing flag ceremony is appropriate for a den, pack, or other meeting.
When retiring a United Stated flag, some people will say that you must do it this way or that way, but according to the Flag Code, it just needs to be done with dignity.
See some service project suggestions for older Scouts. What have your Scouts done for service hours for Tenderfoot requirement 7?
What Can Scouts Use as Service Hours?
A reader asks about what is an acceptable activity for completing service hour requirements.
Requirement 8: Leadership
Requirement 8 Helps and Answers
Requirement 9: Scout Spirit
Scout spirit is mentioned in several of the requirements for Scouts BSA ranks. But what is Scout spirit and how does a Scout go about demonstrating it?
See the 12 points of the Scout Law and what they mean.
Requirement 10: Scoutmaster Conference
Requirement 10 Helps and Answers
Scouts should not stress over the Scoutmaster conference. If they know a little bit about it beforehand it will not seem intimidating at all.
A Scoutmaster may not add or take away requirements for advancement.
Requirement 11: Tenderfoot Board of Review
When a Scout has completed all of the requirements for a rank, he must appear before a board of review. A board of review is NOT the same as a Scoutmaster Conference but just with more people.
Reader Shelley asked “I’m a new Troop Committee Chair and was wondering if anyone has some great questions that they ask their Scouts during their Board of Reviews?” Sometimes committee members struggle to come up with good Board of Review questions.
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