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On Jan 2016, new requirements went into effect. Boy Scouts and adult Scouters associated with those groups were able to continue to use the old requirements through all of 2016. Since Jan 2017, all Scouts must use the current (new) requirements regardless of rank.
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

 
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The advancement program for Boy Scouts is symbolized by the earning of seven badges each representing a different rank. The program is often considered to be divided into two phases.

The first phase of advancement (from Scout to First Class) is designed to teach the Scoutcraft skills, how to participate in a group, and to learn self-reliance. The Scout rank badge is awarded when the Scout demonstrates a rudimentary knowledge of the Scouting ideals and program, demonstrates basic Scoutcraft skills (knots & pocknetknife safety), and completes a youth protection and internet safety exercise with his parents. Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class have progressively harder requirements in the areas of fitness, citizenship, personal growth, tools, cooking, first aid and emergency preparedness, aquatics, hiking and navigation, nature, outdoor ethics, and Scout Spirit.

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First Class rank requirements


Camping and Outdoor Ethics

1a. Since joining Boy Scouts, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, at least six of which must be held outdoors. Of the outdoor activities, at least three must include overnight camping. These activities do not include troop or patrol meetings. On 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 each of the principles of Tread Lightly! and tell how you practiced them on a campout or outing. This outing must be different from the ones used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c and Second Class requirement 1b.

Cooking

2a. Help plan a menu for one of the above campouts 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 MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout.
2b. Using the menu planned in First Class requirement 2a, make a list showing a budget and the food amounts needed to feed three or more boys. Secure the ingredients.
2c. Show which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
2d. Demonstrate the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Show how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
2e. On one campout, serve as cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in First Class requirement 2a. Supervise the cleanup.

Tools

3a. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings.
3b. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch.
3c. Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
3d. Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure.

Navigation

4a. 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.).
4b. Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, GPS app on a smartphone, or other electronic navigation system. Use GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there. Follow that route to arrive at your destination.

Nature

5a. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your local area or campsite location. You may show evidence by identifying fallen leaves or fallen fruit that you find in the field, or as part of a collection you have made, or by photographs you have taken.
5b. Identify two ways to obtain a weather forecast for an upcoming activity. Explain why weather forecasts are important when planning for an event.
5c. Describe at least three natural indicators of impending hazardous weather, the potential dangerous events that might result from such weather conditions, and the appropriate actions to take.
5d. Describe extreme weather conditions you might encounter in the outdoors in your local geographic area. Discuss how you would determine ahead of time the potential risk of these types of weather dangers, alternative planning considerations to avoid such risks, and how you would prepare for and respond to those weather conditions.

Aquatics

6a. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.[1][2]
6b. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
6c. Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, or other boat. Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar.
6d. Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on the type and size of the vessel. Explain the importance of proper body position in the boat.
6e. 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.)[2]

First Aid and Emergency Preparedness

7a. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
7b. By yourself and with a partner, show how to:
  • Transport a person from a smoke-filled room.
  • Transport for at least 25 yards a person with a sprained ankle.
7c. Tell the five most common signals of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).
7d. Tell what utility services exist in your home or meeting place. Describe potential hazards associated with these utilities and tell how to respond in emergency situations.
7e. Develop an emergency action plan for your home that includes what to do in case of fire, storm, power outage, and water outage.
7f. Explain how to obtain potable water in an emergency.

Fitness

8a. After completing Second Class requirement 7a, be physically active at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track of your activities.
8b. Share your challenges and successes in completing First Class requirement 8a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as part of your daily life.

Citizenship

9a. Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (for example, an elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, or teacher) the constitutional rights and obligations of a U.S. citizen.
9b. Investigate an environmental issue affecting your community. Share what you learned about that issue with your patrol or troop. Tell what, if anything, could be done by you or your community to address the concern.
9c. On a Scouting or family outing, take note of the trash and garbage you produce. Before your next similar outing, decide how you can reduce, recycle, or repurpose what you take on that outing, and then put those plans into action. Compare your results.
9d. Participate in three hours of service through one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. The project(s) must not be the same service project(s) used for Tenderfoot requirement 7b and Second Class requirement 8e. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout Law.

Leadership

10. Tell someone who is eligible to join Boy Scouts, or an inactive Boy Scout, about your Scouting activities. Invite him to an outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Tell him how to join, or encourage the inactive Boy Scout to become active. Share your efforts with your Scoutmaster or other adult leader.

Scout Spirit

11. 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 (different from those points used for previous ranks) in your everyday life.
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12. While working toward the First Class rank, and after completing Second Class requirement 11, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
13. Successfully complete your board of review for the First Class rank.

Footnotes

  1. See the Swimming merit badge requirements for details about the BSA swimmer test.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Under certain exceptional conditions, where the climate keeps the outdoor water temperature below safe levels year-round, or where there are no suitably safe and accessible places (outdoors or indoors) within a reasonable traveling distance to swim at any time during the year, the council Scout executive and advancement committee may, on an individual Scout basis, authorize an alternative for requirements 6a and 6e. The local council may establish appropriate procedures for submitting and processing these types of requests. All the other requirements, none of which necessitate entry in the water or entry in a watercraft on the water, must be completed as written.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Recognition

First Class rank pin
First Class rank pin
When a boy has earned the Scout rank or when a board of review has approved his advancement, the Scout deserves recognition as soon as possible. This should be done at a ceremony at the next unit meeting. His achievement may be recognized again later, during a formal court of honor.
Guide To Advancement § 4.2.1.4 The Scout Is Recognized.

The Scout may be awarded a rank patch or a rank pin.

Notes

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.
meritbadge.org has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks, Webelos workbooks,
Cub Scout workbooks, and Nova Award 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.
2010 First Class Badge.
2010 First Class Badge.

Requirement resources

The PRIMARY resource is the Boy Scout Handbook

Camping and Outdoor Ethics

1a. Tent Types  •  Tent Setup
1b. Tread Lightly!  •  Outdoor Ethics

Cooking

2a. MyPlate  •  Meal Planning  •  Recipes  •  Meal Planning is in the First Class rank Worksheet
2b. Meal Planning is in the First Class rank Worksheet
2c. Cooking Gear
2d. Food Handling  •  Hygiene
2e. Outdoor Cooking

Tools

3a. Lashings  •  When to use knots lashings Adobe Acrobat PDF
3b. Timber Hitch  •  Clove Hitch
3c. Square Lashing  •  Shear lashing  •  Diagonal Lashing
3d. Useful camp gadgets or structures

Navigation

4a. Navigation  •  Navigation Without a Compass  •  Scout Skills: Orienteering
4b. GPS

Nature

5a.
5b. Weather Forecasting
5c. Hazardous Weather Training
5d. Hazardous Weather Training

Aquatics

6a. BSA swimmer test
6b. Safety Afloat
6c.
6d.
6e.

First Aid and Emergency Preparedness

7a. Sprains and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.
7b. Transporting an Injured Person
7c. Heart Attack  •  CPR
7d.
7e. How to make a home fire escape plan (NFPA.org)  •  Escape My House (New Zealand Fire Service)  •  Escape Planner (New Zealand Fire Service)
7f. CDC: Emergency Water Supply Preparation

Fitness

8a. See the fitness logs in the Personal Fitness Workbook
8b. See the sample goals table (#8) in the Personal Fitness Workbook

Citizenship

9a. constitutional rights and obligations of a U.S. citizen.
9b. Outdoor Ethics
9c. Outdoor Ethics
9d. Service projects  •  Scout Law

Leadership

10. Recruiting

Scout Spirit

11. Scout Spirit  •  Scout Oath  •  Scout Law
12. Scoutmaster conference
13. Board of review  •  Uniform
Boy Scout portal

Related Awards

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Outdoor-related awards

5:

Personal development-related awards

6:

Ecology-related awards

8:

Emergency Preparedness-related awards

9:

Aquatic-related awards


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