About the Second Class Rank for Scouts BSA
Second Class is the rank a Scout can earn after Tenderfoot. The requirements for Second Class continue to teach the youth to the skills needed to advance in Scouts BSA.
See helps for the specific requirements below.
- Second Class Rank Requirements
- Requirement 1: Camping and Outdoor Ethics
- Requirement 2: Cooking and Tools
- Requirement 3: Navigation
- Requirement 4: Nature
- Requirement 5: Aquatics
- Requirement 6: First Aid
- Requirement 7: Fitness
- Requirement 8: Citizenship
- Requirement 9: Leadership
- Requirement 10: Scout Spirit
- Requirement 11: Scoutmaster Conference
- Requirement 12: Second Class Board of Review
Help with Answers for Second Class Rank Requirements
Find specific helps for some of the Second Class 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
When selecting a site, consider safety, size, terrain, privacy, permission, and water. Read more.
Leave No Trace
The 7 Principles of LNT:
- Plan ahead and prepare
- Travel and camp on durable surfaces
- Dispose of waste properly
- Leave what you find
- Minimize campfire impacts
- Respect wildlife
- Be considerate of others
Leave No Trace Video:
Requirement 2: Cooking and Tools
Requirement 2 Helps and Answers
Everyone enjoys a fire at camp, but there are some downsides. Sometimes a camp stove is a better option for cooking. Read more.
This BSA certification provides a set of fire safety rules which can be used for training with Scouts.
Newer scouts often struggle to get a fire going. Understanding the fire triangle will help them.
This would work as an introduction to a session on fire building for Second Class requirement 2.
See some tips for purchasing and packing your food for camp. Includes safety information.
Scouts should know how to dispose of water which has been used for cleaning dishes, which is also known as gray water. One easy way to strain dishwater is to use a plastic grocery bag.
Learn more about planning nutritious meals and preparing the food.
See a step by step tutorial of how to tie the sheet bend knot.
See a step by step tutorial of how to tie the bowline knot.
See some fool proof Dutch oven tips and recipes.
Go beyond burgers and potatoes. See some new foil pack combinations and tips for cooking these easy meals.
See some more favorite recipes for camp.
Fire or no fire?
Tinder, kindling, and fuel
Meal planning and food safety
How to tie a sheet bend knot
How to tie a bowline knot
Requirement 3: Navigation
Requirement 3 Helps and Answers
This article covers taking a bearing, aiming off, and declination. These will give a good start to Second Class requirement 3.
You will need to understand the scale, the map symbol, and the contour lines. Read more.
This method only requires a watch and the sun. It can be used for Second Class requirement 3.
This is another explanation of how to orient yourself using a watch.
This article includes several methods, including the needle method and the stick trick.
How to use a map and compass and take a bearing
Use your watch as a compass
Requirement 4: Nature
Requirement 4 Helps and Answers
See some tips for different kinds of evidence and get a worksheet for keeping track of your sightings for Second Class requirement 4.
Requirement 5: Aquatics
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
Water rescue methods are methods used to rescue someone who is in trouble in the water. These must be covered as part of Second Class requirement 5.
Safe Swim and Beginner Test
Requirement 6: First Aid
Requirement 6 Helps and Answers
Learn how to recognize the symptoms and treat these dangerous conditions.
Use the COLD acronym to avoid danger, but learn how to treat these conditions also.
Take this quiz to see if you know how to provide first aid in ten different situations.
First aid baseball is a fun way to review first aid skills with Scouts. This game could be used to reinforce the skill instruction for Second Class requirement 6.
Kim’s game is a traditional Scouting game which was introduced by Sir Robert Baden-Powell. It is based on a game described by Rudyard Kipling.
How to treat burns
How to do the Firefighter Carry
How to do the four handed seat carry
How to treat various injuries
Show what to do for hurry cases
How to reduce injuries
How to respond to accidents and emergencies
Requirement 7: Fitness
Requirement 7 Helps and Answers
See some options for Scouts who don’t do these type of programs at school.
See some tips from Scouting magazine for materials to use with Second Class requirement 7.
Requirement 8: Citizenship
Requirement 8 Helps and Answers
This is a typical way to open a Scout meeting.
This closing is appropriate for a troop meeting.
Instructions and diagrams for folding the American flag. Folding the flag correctly is a way to show respect as part of the instruction for Second Class requirement 8.
A simple and respectful way to retire a flag which has become too worn for display.
See some ideas for service projects and add your own ideas to the comments here.
A reader asks what types of activities can be considered service. Read some answers from Scouters and add your own thoughts.
Respecting the flag
Requirement 9: Leadership
Requirement 9 Helps and Answers
We don’t want to scare youth, but they should know what to do if they feel uncomfortable in a situation. The Three R’s of personal safety should be a part of that discussion.
See a number of programs and fact sheets which are available to help prevent bullying in Scouting. Some of these could be helpful as part of Second Class requirement 9.
To Be or Not to Be Seen
One Good Friend
It’s Not About Me
Getting Into the Game
Back on Track
Requirement 10: 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. Remember to focus on different points for Second Class requirement 10 than you did for Tenderfoot.
Requirement 11: Scoutmaster Conference
Requirement 11 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 12: Second Class 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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