The Second Class rank requirements will be revised effective April 1,
1999. Scouts may complete Second Class rank using the old requirements until
April 1, 1999 and may complete Second Class rank using these new
requirements beginning January 1, 1999.
NOTE: These requirements may be worked on simultaneously
with those for the Tenderfoot and
however these ranks must be earned in sequence.
- Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient
a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
- Using a compass and a map together, take a
5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by
your adult leader and your parent or guardian.*
(* If you are using a wheelchair or crutches, or
if it is difficult for you to get around, you may
substitute "trip" for "hike" in this requirement.)
- Since joining, have participated in five separate
troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol
meetings), two of which included camping overnight.
- On one of these campouts, select your patrol
site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.
- On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening,
and use of knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be
- Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder,
kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
- Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a
lightweight stove. Discuss the safety precedures for using both.
- Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove.
- On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast
or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the four basic food groups.
Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store,
and prepare the foods you selected.
Participate in a flag ceremony for your school,
religious institution, chartered organization,
community, or troop activity.
Participate in an approved (minimum of 1 hour)
Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of
wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish,
mollusks) found in your community.
- Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped
breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning.
- Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you
on a hike.
- Demonstrate first aid for the following:
- Object in the eye
- Bite of a suspected rabid animal
- Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail,
and fish hook
- Serious burns (second degree)
- Heat exhaustion
- Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia,
Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
- 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. **
(** This requirement may be waived by the troop
committee for medical or safety reasons.)
- 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.
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.
- Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath
(Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life.
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Complete your board of review.
NOTE: Alternate requirements for the Second 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)