Scout Rank Requirements and Resources for Scouts BSA
About the Scout Rank for Scouts BSA
Scout Rank is the first rank earned by a young man or woman upon joining a Scouts BSA troop. The Scout rank requirements help a new Scout learn the basics of Scouting and get them off on a good start on the path to Eagle Scout.
If you are a parent and are new to Scouts BSA, you will find it helpful to familiarize yourself with the program so you can support your son or daughter. It is important to understand the role of the parent in this program. It is very different than the role of the parent in Cub Scouts.
Help with Answers for Scout Rank Requirements
Find specific helps for some of the Scout rank requirements listed below. Some of these resources will just give the answers. Others will provide engaging ways for older Scouts to introduce these concepts to new Scouts.
Learn some of the history of the Scout Law and see a longer explanation of each point.
Learn what is meant by the term “Scout Spirit”.
Learn the Outdoor Code and how to follow it on your outdoor adventures.
The First Class Scout Badge
- The three points at the top of the Fleur de Lis is like the north on an old compass. These stand for the three points of the Scout Oath. (Duty to God, Duty to Others, Duty to Self). Like a compass showing the way to a mariner at sea, these point the Scout in the right direction in life.
- The stars remind us of the outdoor aspects of the program. There are two stars, representing to ideals: truth and knowledge.
- The eagle represents the United States and stands for freedom, which we should be ready to defend.
- The scroll has the Scout motto: “Be prepared.”
- The ends of the scroll are turned up like a smile which a Scout should have when doing cheerful service.
- The knot at the bottom is a reminder of the Scout Slogan:”Do a Good Turn Daily”.
This song will help you memorize the 12 points of the Scout Law
This game provides another way to learn the Scout Law.
This is a nice commentary on what the words in the pledge of allegiance really mean.
These two prayers incorporate the Scout Law:
Introduce these concepts with a crossword puzzle.
Test your knowledge with an online quiz.
Another fun way to learn the Scout Law.
A Scouts BSA troop is led by the youth. Learn more about the various youth leadership positions.
- The Scout learns
- The Scout is tested
- The Scout is reviewed
- The Scout is recognized
The Patrol Method
Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scouting movement, believed strongly in the patrol method. That is why this is covered as part of the Scout rank requirements.
A patrol is a small group of Scouts BSA within a troop. They elect a patrol leader and function almost like a family within the troop. They divide up the chores to be done and work together as a group to meet their goals. They develop a patrol spirit and take pride in their accomplishments as a team.
A patrol has a Patrol Leader and sometimes an Assistant Patrol Leader. These leaders provide direction to the patrol. All patrol members are expected to contribute though. For example, if the patrol is going camping a couple members might organized the gear, another might purchase the food, and so on. Usually assignments are made via a duty roster so that the jobs are fairly distributed.
A very small troop might only have a single patrol. A large troop will have many patrols. Working within a group of this size ensures that everyone gets to participate and learn leadership skills.
Before starting knot tying for the Scout rank requirements, it is helpful to know the terms commonly used.
How to Tie the Knots
Watch this video:
The Cyber Chip portion can be completed online. The requirements depend on the age level:
- Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 4-5
- Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 6-8
- Cyber Chip Requirements for Grades 9-12
New Scouts might be a little intimidated by the Scoutmaster Conference, but they should not be. It helps to understand what it is and just think about it as a conversation. Read about it at What Is a Scoutmaster Conference?
More Resources for Scout Rank Requirements
These bingo cards for Scouts BSA help familiarize Scouts with the Scout Law, Eagle required merit badges, some of the fun adventures they can look forward to, ranks, and more. Use them to help new Scouts familiarize themselves with the concepts for the Scout rank requirements.
If you know somebody who is new to the Scouts BSA program, then this would be a great resource to give them an overview of the program. Note that this book only covers the Scouts BSA program, not Cub Scouts or Venturing. Also the name reflects that it was written before the Boy Scout program name changed, but the information all still applies.