Projects to Fulfill Boy Scouts of America Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks



  • There are many great projects on Instructables that fulfill requirements for various ranks in the Boy Scouts of America.  This guide pulls together the best Instructables that help meet the requirements below.  Good luck!  And... if you end up doing great projects in scouting, make sure to document them and post them on Instructables so others can do them, too!

    Requirements for Tenderfoot rank with good Instructables:

    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.

    4a. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
    4b. Demonstrate 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.

    Requirements for Second Class rank suited for Instructables:

    1a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
    1b. 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.
    3a. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight.
    3b. 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.
    3c. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
    3d. Use the tools listed in requirement 3c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
    3e. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both.
    3f. In an approved place and at an approved time, demonstrate how to build a fire and set up a lightweight stove. Note: Lighting the fire is not required.
    3g. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from the food guide pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
    7b. Prepare a first-aid kit to take with you on a hike

    Requirements for First Class rank suited for Instructables:

    1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
    2. 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.)
    3. Since joining, have participated in 10 separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight. Demonstrate the principles of Leave No Trace on these outings.
    4.  Help plan a patrol menu for one campout 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 the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs.
    7. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget
    8. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.

    **I got the above text from  Please refer there for the most up-to-date version of the requirements.