First Class

Scoutcraft, physical fitness, citizenship, personal growth and Scout Spirit

The first four ranks, ending with First Class, focus on essential outdoor skills.  These skils ensure a scout's ability to be comfortable camping, to enjoy the outdoors and to be prepared to learn high adventure skills.

Ranks and merit badges may be earned by any registered Boy Scout or Varsity Scout until their eighteenth birthday. You advance through the ranks from Scout through First Class by completing the requirements for each rank, as specified in your Boy Scout Handbook. Completion of each requirement is indicated by having it signed off in your Scout Handbook. Once all the requirements for a rank are signed off you have a Scoutmaster Conference, and then a Board of Review. It is the individual Scout’s responsibility to request requirements be signed off, request a Scoutmaster Conference, and request a Board of Review.

Signing off on requirements

  • As you complete the requirements for Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class, ask your patrol leader or another Scout of First Class rank or above, to sign and date the Scout Handbook. (Usually it will be your Patrol Leader or Troop Guide) The person signing must both understand the requirement and have personally witnessed your accomplishment.
  • The requirement for demonstrating Scout Spirit can only be signed off by the Scoutmaster. (He'll only sign if he believes you have demonstrated Scout Spirit, including that you live by the Scout Oath and Scout Law.) He'll do this during your Scoutmaster Conference.
  • Your parent cannot sign off on any requirement.
  • Items must be dated and initialed legibly in your Scout handbook by the person who is signing off.

Scoutmaster Conference

  • When all requirements for a rank are completed (other than Scout Sprit, Scoutmaster Conference, and Board of Review) you must bring your Scout Handbook to a meeting and request a Scoutmaster Conference.
  • You must wear your complete and correct Class A uniform to the Scoutmaster Conference!  Come to the Scoutmaster conference with your Scout Handbook and any other materials that you may need to demonstrate you have mastered the required skills, such as a map, compass, rope, etc.  If the entire troop is allowed to be wearing Class B uniforms, that will also be acceptable for the Conference.
  • As you progress through the ranks, you should be prepared to demonstrate or discuss any and all prior rank requirements with your Scoutmaster, showing your continued proficiency in your Scout skills.
  • If the Scoutmaster believes you have met the requirements, he will sign off in your Scout Handbook for the Scout Spirit and Scoutmaster Conference requirements, and will initial and date the Advancement report.

Board of Review

  • After you have signatures for the Scout Spirit and Scoutmaster Conference, you may ask the Advancement Chairman for an appointment for a Board of Review.
  • You must wear your complete and correct Class A uniform to the Board of Review!  Come to the Board of Review with your Scout Handbook and any other materials that you may need to demonstrate you have mastered the required skills, such as a map, compass, rope, etc.  If the entire troop is allowed to be wearing Class B uniforms, that will also be acceptable for the Board of Review.