Tenderfoot

When you have completed the Scout Badge, you will have the opportunity to work on many new skills and really take part in the troop as part of the Tenderfoot rank. You will go on many troop campouts, learning important skills required to survive, and having fun, too. You may have met your patrol leader already; if not, you will meet him soon. He is the leader of your group of about five boys, and, along with other older scouts, will help give you a firm foundation of skills so that when you become one of them, the cycle will continue.

Take a look at BSA's videos using the link at the bottom of this page. Watch these videos, and you will have a head start and know more about the requirements that you are about to achieve. You can also print out Scouting.org's Tenderfoot Workbook, which has all the information you need to achieve the Tenderfoot rank. Have fun!

Requirements for Tenderfoot:

1 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.
2 Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
3 On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
4a Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
4b Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
4c Using the EDGE method, teach another person how to tie the square knot.
5 Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if you are lost.
6 Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
7 Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.
8 Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
9 Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is and how you should respond to one.
10a Record your best in the following tests: Push-ups, Pull-ups, Sit-ups, Standing long jump, 1/4-mile walk/run. Record them again 30 days later.
10b Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.
11 Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
12a Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.
12b Show first aid for the following:
  • Simple cuts and scrapes
  • Blisters on the hand and foot
  • Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first-degree)
  • Bites or stings of insects and ticks
  • Venomous snakebite
  • Nosebleed
  • Frostbite and sunburn
13 Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
14 Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
15 Complete your board of review.

More information and resources for the Tenderfoot rank

Workbook for Tenderfoot (great resource - use it!)

Videos about the Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks