First Class is the rank a Scout can earn after Second Class. The requirements for First Class continue to teach the youth to the skills needed to advance in Scouts BSA.
Find helps for specific First Class requirements below.
- First Class Rank Requirements
- Requirement 1: Camping and Outdoor Ethics
- Requirement 2: Cooking
- Requirement 3: Tools
- Requirement 4: Navigation
- Requirement 5: Nature
- Requirement 6: Aquatics
- Requirement 7: First Aid and Emergency Preparedness
- Requirement 8: Fitness
- Requirement 9: Citizenship
- Requirement 10: Leadership
- Requirement 11: Scout Spirit
- Requirement 12: Scoutmaster Conference
- Requirement 13: First Class Board of Review
Help with Answers for First Class Rank Requirements
Find specific helps for some of the First 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
Requirement 1 Helps and Answers
Learn more about the five TREAD principles:
- T: Travel responsibly
- R: Respect the rights of others
- E: Educate yourself
- A: Avoid sensitive areas
- D: Do your part
See more information on the Tread Lightly! website.
See some recommendations from Scouts and Scouters for a good backpack to take on a one or two night outing.
A reader asks about how many patrol members need to be present to count an activity as a patrol activity. See some answers and add your own to the comments.
See some ideas for pitching tents and building structures to sleep in overnight.
Tread Lightly and Camping
Requirement 2: Cooking
Requirement 2 Helps and Answers
The Scout who is responsible for purchasing the food, packing it, and getting it to camp is often called a grubmaster. See some tips here.
Learn more about planning nutritious meals and preparing the food.
Menu Planning (Printable Mountain Man Breakfast recipe)
Budget and food amounts
Pans, utensils, and gear
Requirement 3: Tools
Requirement 3 Helps and Answers
A simple boot scraper camp gadget for scraping the mud off of the bottom of the boots.
These instructions are for a pot and towel drying rack for camp
This uses lashings to make a handwashing station from straight sticks and an empty gallon milk jug.
The Scout Pioneering website has lots of things you can build using lashings.
Scout Life magazine also has plans for a number of projects you can build for First Class requirement 3.
This is a challenging game which combines lashing skills and teamwork.
This is a traditional Scout lashings game which might date back to Baden-Powell himself. It practices Scoutcraft (lashings) as well as cooperation and problem solving.
It is helpful to go over the terminology with Scouts before working on learning a knot.
Animated knots shows how to make a square lashing.
Animated knots shows how to make a shear lashing.
Animated knots shows how to make a diagonal lashing.
When you should and should not use lashings
Timber hitch and clove hitch
Make a useful camp gadget
Requirement 4: Navigation
Some methods of navigation and measurement used in First Class requirement 4 require you to have something of known length for comparison. A personal measurement log will help you with this.
Beginner’s guide to GPS
How to make the measurements
Judging height and distance with a compass
Measuring height with a stick
Requirement 5: Nature
Requirement 5 Helps and Answers
Enter your zip code to find out about plants near you for First Class requirement 5.
This online course from BSA will help you know how to be prepared for all sorts of weather. Adult leaders who are taking Scouts on outdoor adventures need to take this course.
Identifying Native Plants
Indicators of hazardous weather
Extreme weather conditions
Requirement 6: Aquatics
Requirement 6 Helps and Answers
The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
Safety Afloat is the list of rules for boating activities laid out in the Guide to Safe Scouting.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
Safe Float Trip
How to sit in a boat
Requirement 7: First Aid and Emergency Preparedness
Requirement 7 Helps and Answers
Learn to treat blisters, sprained ankle, broken collarbone, poison ivy, and bleeding.
See a list of symptoms for a heart attack.
Learn about dangers from gas leaks, electrical shorts and surges, water leaks, and carbon monoxide.
Methods include boiling, filtering, and chemical treatment.
Transporting a victim
Signs of a heart attack
Emergency action plan
Potable water in an emergency
Requirement 8: Fitness
Physical activity keeps us mentally healthy too. See some ways to stay fit without going to a gym for First Class requirement 8.
Requirement 9: Citizenship
Requirement 9 Helps and Answers
This site will help you find your federal, state, and local officials so you can contact them.
Learn about your rights and responsibilities as a US citizen beforehand to be prepared for First Class requirement 9a.
Learn how to reduce waste through the three R’s. This site includes practical ideas for putting these into practice.
Citizenship Football Game is a fun game to go with citizenship activity. Teams progress down the field by showing their knowledge of civics. This could be used as an inter-patrol activity.
This word search contains words and phrases related to the United States Constitution.
Visit with official
Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Requirement 10: Leadership
See some ideas for inviting new Scouts to your troop for First Class requirement 10.
Invite a friend
Requirement 11: 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 First Class requirement 10 than you did for Tenderfoot and Second Class.
Requirement 12: Scoutmaster Conference
Requirement 12 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 13: First 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.