Second Class rank

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Boy Scout Second Class rank requirement resources include the Second 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.

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


Second Class Rank

 
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Second 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. a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
    b. Using a compass and a map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.*
  2. Discuss the principles of Leave No Trace.
  3. a. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight.
    b. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched. Explain what factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
    c. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
    d. Use the tools listed in requirement 3c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
    e. Explain when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire. At an approved outdoor location and at an approved time, and using the tinder, kindling, and fuel wood from requirement 3d, demonstrate how to build a fire; light the fire, unless prohibited by local fire restrictions. After allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two minutes, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.
    f. Explain when it is appropriate to use a lightweight stove or propane stove. Set up a lightweight stove or propane stove; light the stove, unless prohibited by local fire restrictions. Describe the safety procedures for using these types of stoves.
    g. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
  4. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity. Explain to your leader what respect is due the flag of the United States.
  5. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.
  6. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
  7. a. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
    b. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
    c. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
    • Object in the eye
    • Bite of a suspected rabid animal
    • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
    • Serious burns (partial thickness, or second-degree)
    • Heat exhaustion
    • Shock
    • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
  8. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
    b. Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
    c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
  9. a. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions.
    b. Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
  10. Earn an amount of money agreed upon by you and your parent, then save at least 50 percent of that money.
  11. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used for Tenderfoot requirement 13) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  12. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  13. Successfully complete your board of review for the Second Class rank.

* If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute "trip" for "hike" in requirement 1b.

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 Second Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book.

2016 requirements

Camping and Outdoor Ethics

1a. Since joining, participate in five separate troop/patrol[1] activities, three of which include overnight camping. These five activities do not include troop[1] or patrol meetings. On at least two of the three campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect (such as a lean-to, snow cave, or tepee).
1b. Explain the seven principles of Leave No Trace and tell how you practiced them on a campout or outing. This outing must be different from the one used for "Tenderfoot requirement 1c".
1c. On one of these campouts, select a location for your patrol site and recommend it to your patrol leader, senior patrol leader, or troop[1] guide. Explain what factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.

Cooking and Tools

2a. Explain when it is appropriate to use a fire for cooking or other purposes and when it would not be appropriate to do so.
2b. Use the tools listed in Tenderfoot requirement 3d to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel wood for a cooking fire.
2c. At an approved outdoor location and time, use the tinder, kindling, and fuel wood from "Second Class requirement 2b" to demonstrate how to build a fire. Unless prohibited by local fire restrictions, light the fire. After allowing the flames to burn safely for at least two minutes, safely extinguish the flames with minimal impact to the fire site.
2d. Explain when it is appropriate to use a lightweight stove and when it is appropriate to use a propane stove. Set up a lightweight stove or propane stove. Light the stove, unless prohibited by local fire restrictions. Describe the safety procedures for using these types of stoves.
2e. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Demonstrate how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
2f. Demonstrate tying the sheet bend knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot.
2g. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot. Describe a situation in which you would use this knot

Navigation

3a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Use a map to point out and tell the meaning of five map symbols.
3b. Using a compass and map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.[2]
3c. Describe some hazards or injuries that you might encounter on your hike and what you can do to help prevent them.[2]
3d. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass or an electronic device.

Nature

4. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (such as birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, or mollusks) found in your local area or camping location. You may show evidence by tracks, signs, or photographs you have taken.

Aquatics

5a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
5b. Demonstrate your ability to pass the BSA beginner test: Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
5c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects.
5d. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible. Explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim

First Aid and Emergency Preparedness

6a. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
  • Object in the eye
  • Bite of a warm-blooded animal
  • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
  • Serious burns (partial thickness, or second-degree)
  • Heat exhaustion
  • Shock
  • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
6b. Show what to do for “hurry” cases of stopped breathing, stroke, severe bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
6c. Tell what you can do while on a campout or hike to prevent or reduce the occurrence of the injuries listed in Second Class requirements 6a and 6b.
6d. Explain what to do in case of accidents that require emergency response in the home and backcountry. Explain what constitutes an emergency and what information you will need to provide to a responder.
6e. Tell how you should respond if you come upon the scene of a vehicular accident.

Fitness

7a. After completing Tenderfoot requirement 6c, be physically active at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track of your activities.
7b. Share your challenges and successes in completing Second Class requirement 7a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as part of your daily life and develop a plan for doing so.
7c. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family, and explain the dangers of substance addictions. Report to your Scoutmaster[1] or other adult leader in your troop about which parts of the Scout Oath and Scout Law relate to what you learned.

Citizenship

8a. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or Scouting activity.
8b. Explain what respect is due the flag of the United States.
8c. With your parents or guardian, decide on an amount of money that you would like to earn, based on the cost of a specific item you would like to purchase. Develop a written plan to earn the amount agreed upon and follow that plan; it is acceptable to make changes to your plan along the way. Discuss any changes made to your original plan and whether you met your goal.
8d. At a minimum of three locations, compare the cost of the item for which you are saving to determine the best place to purchase it. After completing Second Class requirement 8c, decide if you will use the amount that you earned as originally intended, save all or part of it, or use it for another purpose.
8e. Participate in two hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster.[1] Tell how your service to others relates to the Scout Oath.

Personal Safety Awareness

9a. Explain the three R’s of personal safety and protection.
9b. Describe bullying; tell what the appropriate response is to someone who is bullying you or another person.

Scout Spirit

10. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived four different points of the Scout Law (not to include those used for Tenderfoot requirement 9) in your everyday life.
11. While working toward the Second Class rank, and after completing Tenderfoot requirement 10, participate in a Scoutmaster[1] conference.
12. Successfully complete your board of review for the Second Class rank.

Footnotes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 For Varsity Scouts working on Boy Scout requirements, replace "troop" with "team" and "Scoutmaster" with "Varsity Scout Coach."
  2. 2.0 2.1 If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute "trip" for "hike."
  • The requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.
  • Alternative requirements for the Second Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities, if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2016 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #621535)

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Notes

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Second 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 Second Class rank requirements.
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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 Second 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.
  4. The BSA Camping Troop Program Feature offers meeting and activity plans to include Second Class rank as one of your monthly themes.
  • Regarding Requirement 8. Please make certain that the parents of your Scouts are fully informed about the scope and content of the material you will be using. This should be an opt-in program, if done by the Troop. Be careful not to usurp parental authority.

Requirement resources

1a. Map & Compass:

1b. Hiking

Layering - Clothing - Food - Hydration - Socks
REI: Compass - Day Hike - Food - Hydration - Insects - Layering - Lightweight - Navigation - Rain - Socks - Sun - Hot/Cold

2c, 2d. Prepare a fire: Can be completed by earning the Totin' Chip and the Firem'n Chit.

2e, 2f., & 2g. Cooking:

3. Flag Ceremonies
4. Service Projects
5. Ecology Resources:

6. First Aid:
6a. Choking - Bleeding - Poisoning
6b. First Aid Kit
6c. Object in Eye - Bites and Stings - Puncture Wounds - Burns - Heat Exhaustion - Shock - Heat Stroke - Dehydration - Hypothermia - Hyperventilation

7. Swimming:
7a Diving (has feet-first entries as well) - Safe Swim Defense
7b Learning to Swim
7c Reach, Throw, Row, Go

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


Boy Scout portal
Varsity Scout portal

Related Awards

1-2: Camping and Outdoor Skills Awards

Outdoor-related awards

5: Ecology Awards

Ecology-related awards

6: Emergency Preparedness Awards

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

7 Aquatic Awards

Aquatic-related awards

See also


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