The First class rank requirements were revised effective January 1, 1998.
The First class rank requirements will be revised
effective April 1, 1999.
NOTE: These requirements, and those for Tenderfoot and Second Class may be worked on simultaneously; however these ranks
must be earned in sequence.
- Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
- Using a compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least 1 mile and
requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon,
- Since joining, have participated in ten separate troop/patrol activities (other than
troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight.
- On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Prepare a breakfast, lunch, and dinner menu
that requires cooking; secure ingredients; supervise your assistants in fire building; and
prepare the meals. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals, and supervise cleanup.
- 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.
- Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.
- Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and the clove hitch and their use in square, shear,
and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
- Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
- Demonstrate tying the bowline (rescue) knot and how it's used in rescues.
- Demonstrate bandages for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and collarbone, and for a
- 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.
- Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in
cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
- Demonstrate your ability to swim 100 yards using one resting stroke and two other
strokes, and to float (rest) as motionless as possible for 1 minute.*
- Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Complete your board of review.
* This requirement may be waived by the troop committee for medical or safety reasons.
NOTE: Alternate requirements for the First Class rank are available for Scouts with
physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed on page 6 of the 1995-97
Boy Scout Requirements book. No. 33218 (See article entitled: Alt. Reqs.for Tenderfoot
Second Class and First Class Ranks)