First Class rank

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Boy Scout First Class rank requirement resources include the First Class rank Worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF,
lesson videos showing Outdoor Skills, and First Aid Skills plus Merit Badges, and Scout Awards links.
Troop resources include the Advancement Campout and monthly Troop Program Themes.

First Class Rank

Second Class Rank
Star Rank


First Class rank requirements

NOTE: The requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.

2015 requirements

  1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
  2. Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.)
  3. Since joining, have participated in 10 separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight. Demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
  4. a. Help plan a patrol menu for one campout that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model and meets nutritional needs.
    b. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients.
    c. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
    d. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
    e. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup.
  5. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.
  6. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.
  7. a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
    b. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
  8. a. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.
    b. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
    c. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person:
    • From a smoke-filled room
    • With a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards
    d. Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
  9. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
    b. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*
    c. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
  10. Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your troop's activities. Invite him to a troop outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active.
  11. Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to the use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
  12. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used in Tenderfoot requirement 13 and Second Class requirement 11) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  13. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  14. Successfully complete your board of review for the First Class rank.

NOTE: *For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "team” and "Scoutmaster" with "Varsity Scout Coach." The requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence. Alternate Requirements for the First Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book. (No. 33216)

  • See the Swimming merit badge requirements for details about the BSA swimmer test.

2016 requirements

  • coming soon

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)

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The First Class rank requirements were revised effective January 1, 2008.

Worksheet A FREE workbook for First Class rank is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the First Class rank requirements. has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.
  1. "The requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence."
  2. Alternate Requirements for the First Class rank are available for Scouts with qualifying physical or mental disabilities.
  3. The Advancement Campout includes all of the camping, cooking, first aid, and hiking skills through First Class.

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Requirement resources

1. BSA Video - Navigation - Navigation Without a Compass
2. BSA Video - Navigation - Navigation Without a Compass
3. BSA Video - Outdoor Skills
4a. BSA Video - Cooking Skills - Food Pyramid - Meal Planning - Recipes - Outdoor Cooking - Cooking Gear
4b. BSA Video - The Menu Planning is in the First Class rank Worksheet.
4c. BSA Video - The Gear Planning is in the First Class rank Worksheet.
4d. BSA Video - Food Handling
4e. BSA Video
5. BSA Video
6. BSA Video

7a. BSA Video
7b. BSA Video - Timber Hitch - Clove Hitch - Square Lashing - Shear Lashing - Diagonal Lashing
7c. BSA Video
8a. BSA Video - Bowline
8b. BSA Video - Sprains
8c. BSA Video - Transporting an Injured Person
8d. BSA Video - Heart Attack - CPR

9. Swimming:
9a. BSA Video - Safety Afloat 9b. BSA Video - BSA Swim Test: Diving also has the feetfirst jump in - Sidestroke - Breaststroke - Trudgen Crawl - Backstroke - Swimming Turns - Floating
9c. BSA Video - Reach, Throw, Row, Go

10. BSA Video - What does Scout Spirit really mean? (It's not what you do in your troop!)
11. BSA Video
12. BSA: Bullying Prevention and Intervention Tips for Scout Leaders and Parents
13. BSA Video - Scoutmaster Conference - Explains that you don't "pass" a Scoutmaster Conference and how to appeal.
14. BSA Video - Board of Review - What can they ask? How long can it be? Is the uniform really required? How do you appeal?

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