A reader asks if Scout skills can only be learned at Scout events. While this is typical, if a Scout learned the skill elsewhere and can fulfill the requirement then it should be signed off.
When a boy or girl joins a Scout troop, the first rank he or she earns is the Scout Rank. The requirements for this rank focus on the basics, such as the Scout Oath, Scout Law, patrol method, and advancement methods. Learning about personal safety is also a requirement.
Printable helps for requirements:
Find helps for the Scout Rank requirements below.
One thing we’d like our youth leadership to consider is patrol activities. We have a pretty active troop program, but the patrols never do anything on their own. They could hike or get together to work on a requirement or even go on a campout.
The Boy Scout Roundtable Planning Guide suggests a Safety troop program feature for August 2012. This program feature offers the opportunity to introduce kids to safety programs in a troop setting.
This backpacking program feature offers the opportunity to learn more about hiking and low impact camping. A Scouts BSA Troop PLC can plan a whole month of activities incorporating a backpacking theme.
I recently started reading a book called A Scout Leader’s Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. I am really impressed by this book.
This program feature offers the opportunity to explore different aspects of leadership. This would be an especially relevant program theme if your troop youth leadership elections are approaching.
This athletics program feature offers the opportunity to plan a month’s worth of troop activities with an athletics theme.
How well do you know the basics? Answer some questions about the Scout Oath, Law, Slogan, Motto, the meaning of the Scout Badge and more. And then find out if your answers are correct. Use this to help with the requirements for the Scouting Adventure for Arrow of Light or for the Scouts BSA Scout rank.
Today I continue reviewing a book called A Scout Leader’s Guide to Youth Leadership Training: Working the Patrol Method. Get a copy and join in the discussion!
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 some helps and ideas for this rank here.