Second Class



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.
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.
7a. Show what to do for “hurry” cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
7b. Prepare a personal first-aid kit to take with you on a hike.
7c. 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
8a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
8b. 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.
8c. 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.
9a. 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.
9b. 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 (Promise) 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. Complete your board of review.



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Some questions which might be asked in a Board of Review for Second Class 
This is the your second Board of Review. The process should be familiar, unless it has been some time since the Board of Review for Tenderfoot.   Questions will focus on the use of the Scout skills learned for this rank, without retesting these skills. The Board of Review will try to perceive how the Scout’s patrol is functioning, and how this Scout is functioning within his patrol.   You will be encouraged to work on the remaining requirements for 1st Class; many of the easier ones may have already been completed.  The approximate time for this Board of Review should be 15-20 minutes.

  1. What did your patrol do at its last meeting?
  2. Tell us about a service project in which you participated.
  3. Where did you go on your last Troop campout? Did you have a good time? Why?
  4. How many patrol meetings have you attended in the last 3 months?
  5. How is your Patrol working out? Are you active in the things they do together?
  6. Why is it important to be able to identify animals found in your community?
  7. Tell us about the flag ceremony in which you participated.
  8. What is in your personal first aid kit?
  9. What have you learned about handling woods tools (axes, saws, etc.)?
  10. How are a map of the area and a compass useful on a campout?
  11. Have you ever done more than one “good turn” in a day? Ask for details.
  12. Have you earned any merit badges?

                  If “Yes”: Which ones? Why did you choose them? Who was your counselor?
                  If “No”: Encourage getting started, and suggest one or two of the easier ones.

  1. Did you attend summer camp with our Troop last summer?

If “Yes”: What was your best (worst) experience at summer camp?
If “No”: Why not?

  1. Do you plan to attend summer camp with our Troop next summer?

If “Yes”: What are you looking forward to doing at summer camp?
If “No”: Why not?

  1. Can you tell us who Baden Powell was?
  2. What does it mean to say, “A Scout is Trustworthy”? 
  3. How is it possible to live the Scout Oath and Law in your daily life?
  4. How do you help out at home, church, school?
  5. What class in school is most challenging for you? Why?
  6. One of the requirements for Tenderfoot is to participate in a program regarding drug, alcohol and tobacco abuse. Tell us about the program in which you participated.
  7. Do you like learning Scout skills? Which is your most favorite? How about least favorite? Why?
  8. What suggestions do you have for improving our Troop?
  9. When do you expect to complete the requirements for 1st Class?