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

Tenderfoot Rank
First Class Rank


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

  • coming soon

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition (BSA Supply No. 33216 - SKU# 620714)

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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. has PDF and DOC versions of
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.
  • 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. BSA Video: Compass SC1a.m4v - Navigation
1b. BSA Video: Five-mile hike SC1b.m4v - Navigation - Hiking Skills
2a. BSA Video: Five activities SC2a.m4v - Outdoor Skills
2b. BSA Video: Pitch a tent SC2b.m4v - Campsite Selection - Tent Setup
2c. BSA Video: Knife, saw, and ax SC2c.m4v - Knife Skills - Ax and Saw Skills
2d. BSA Video: Prepare a fire SC2d.m4v - Campfires - Campfire Building - Campfire Types - Campfire Starting - Campfire Safety - Firem'n Chit
2e & 2f. BSA Video: Fires and stoves SC2e.m4v - BSA Video: Light a fire and stove SC2f.m4v - Campfire Safety - Backpacking Stoves
2g. BSA Video: Cook a meal SC2g.m4v - Cooking Skills - Meal Planning - Recipes - Food Handling - Outdoor Cooking - Cooking Gear
3. BSA Video: Flag ceremony SC3.m4v - Flag Ceremonies
4. BSA Video: Service project SC4.m4v - Service Projects
5. Ecology Resources: BSA Video: Ten animals SC5.m4v

6. First Aid:
6a. BSA Video: Hurry cases SC6a.m4v - Choking - Bleeding - Poisoning
6b. BSA Video: First-aid kit SC6b.m4v - First Aid Kit
6c. BSA Video: First-aid techniques SC6c.m4v - Object in Eye - Bites and Stings - Puncture Wounds - Burns - Heat Exhaustion - Shock - Heat Stroke - Dehydration - Hypothermia - Hyperventilation

7. Swimming:
7a. BSA Video: Safe swim SC7a.m4v - Diving (has feet-first entries as well) - Safe Swim Defense
7b. BSA Video: Swim test SC7b.m4v - Swimming Strokes - Swimming Turns
7c. BSA Video: Water rescue methods SC7c.m4v - Reach, Throw, Row, Go

8. BSA Video: Drug abuse program SC8.m4v
9. BSA Video: Scout spirit SC9.m4v - What does Scout Spirit really mean? (It's not what you do in your troop!)
10. BSA Video: Scoutmaster conference SC10.m4v - Scoutmaster Conference - Explains that you don't "pass" a Scoutmaster Conference and how to appeal.
11. BSA Video: Board of review SC11.m4v - 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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