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.
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.
14. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
15. Complete your board of review.


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Some questions which might be asked in a Board of Review for Tenderfoot
This is the Scout’s first experience with a Board of Review. The process may require some explanation on the part of the Board of Review Chairperson.   The first few questions in the Board of Review should be simple. The Board of Review should try to gain a sense of how the Scout is fitting in to the Troop, and the Scout’s level of enjoyment of the Troop and Patrol activities.   Encourage advancement to 2nd Class. Point out that the Scout may have already completed many of the requirements for 2nd Class.   The approximate time for this Board of Review should be 15-20 minutes.

  1. When did you join our Troop?
  2. What do you think about your troop?
  3. Tell us about your last Troop campout
  4. Where did you go on your hike? How did you choose the location?
  5. If you were on a hike and got lost, what would you do?
  6. Why do we whip or fuse the ends of a rope?
  7. What does it mean for a Scout to be “Kind”?
  8. What does it mean to a Tenderfoot to  “Be Prepared” ? 
  9. How many Troop meetings have you attended in the last two months?
  10. What did you do at your last patrol meeting?
  11. What is the “Buddy System” that we use in Scouting? When do we use it?
  12.  What “good turn” have you done today? 
  13. If you could be “King Scout” for a Day what would you change in the troop to make it better?
  14. Where did you learn how to fold the American flag? Tell us about your first experience with this skill.
  15. How would the first aid skills you must know for Tenderfoot help on a campout?
  16. How would you avoid poison oak (poison ivy, sumac)?
  17. Which is the hardest of the 12 points of the Scout Law for you to live up to? Which is the easiest?
  18. Please give us an example of how you obey the Scout Law at home (school, church)?
  19. Why do you think there are physical fitness requirements (push-ups, pull-ups, etc.), and a retest after 30 days, for the Tenderfoot rank?
  20. Who is your favorite older Scout? Why?
  21. Do you feel that you have done your best to complete the requirements for Tenderfoot? Why?
  22. When do you plan to have the requirements completed for 2nd Class?
  23. Do you have any special plans for this summer? The Holidays?