The Tenderfoot rank requirements were revised effective January 1,
The Tenderfoot rank requirements will be revised effective April 1, 1999.
NOTE: These requirements may be worked on simultaneously
with those for Second Class and First Class;
however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.
- Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed,
before going on an overnight camping trip. Show
the camping gear you will use. Show the right way
to pack and carry it.
- Spend at least 1 night on a patrol or troop campout.
Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch on a ground bed
you have prepared.
- Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
- Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots
and what their uses are:
two half hitches and the tautline hitch.
- Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on a highway
and cross-country, during the day and at night.
Explain what to do if you are lost.
- Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold
the American flag.
- Repeat from memory and explain in your own words
the Scout Oath, Law, and slogan.
- Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and
describe your patrol flag.
- Explain why we use the buddy system in Scouting.
- Record your best in the following tests:
Standing long jump,
Run/walk approximately one quarter mile.
- Show improvement in the activities listed above
after practicing for 30 days.
- Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat
for exposure to them.
- Demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver and tell when
it is used.
- Show first aid for the following:
- Simple cuts and scratches,
- Blisters on the hand and foot,
- Minor burns or scalds (first degree),
- Bites and stings of insects and ticks,
- Poisonous snakebite,
- Frostbite and Sunburn
- Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
- Complete your board of review.
NOTE: Alternate requirements for the Tenderfoot
are available for Scouts with physical or mental
disabilities if they meet the criteria listed on
page 6 of the 1998 Boy Scout Requirements book.