Tenderfoot Rank Patch

Rank Requirements

Requirements were REVISED effective as an option on August 1, 2022, and will become required on January 1, 2023.

To see the changes which were made, Click here.

For the previous requirements, Click here

On June 24, 2022, BSA announced a set of Minor Modifications to Scouts BSA Rank Requirements. To see the announcement, click here.

Beginning August 1, 2022, these minor modifications to the Scouts BSA requirements for the ranks of Scout through Star took effect. Scouts may continue using the existing requirements for the rank on which they are currently working, or they may choose to use the new requirements. Scouts must use the new requirements once they advance to their next rank. On January 1, 2023, all Scouts must use only the new requirements.

An additional requirement (5d) was added, without notice. It did not appear in the list of changes mentioned above, nor in the draft 2023 Scouts BSA Requirements book, but was added to the requirements that are listed in the newest Scouts BSA Handbooks.

These rank requirements are official as of August 1, 2022. If a Scout has started work toward a rank before that date using requirements that were current before August 1, 2022 except as noted below, the Scout may complete that rank using the old requirements. Any progress toward a rank that is begun after January 1, 2023, must use the requirements as they are presented on scouting.org.

      1. Present yourself to your leader prepared for an overnight camping trip. Show the personal and 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. Explain how you demonstrated the Outdoor Code and Leave No Trace on a campout or outing.
    The requirements for Cooking merit badge include the following note immediately before requirements 4, 5, & 6.
    Note: The meals prepared for Cooking merit badge requirements 4, 5, and 6 will count only toward fulfilling those requirements
    and will not count toward rank advancement or other merit badges. Meals prepared for rank advancement or other merit badges
    may not count toward the Cooking merit badge. You must not repeat any menus for meals actually prepared or cooked in requirements 4, 5, and 6.
    Therefore, The meals prepared for Tenderfoot rank requirement 2 may not count toward Cooking merit badge, requirements 4, 5, or 6.
    Meals prepared for Cooking merit badge requirements 4, 5, and 6 may not count toward Tenderfoot rank requirement 2.
      1. On the campout, assist in preparing one of the meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal preparation and cleanup.
      2. While on a campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve, and eat a meal.
      3. Explain the importance of eating together as a patrol.
      1. Demonstrate a practical use of the square knot.
      2. Demonstrate a practical use of two half-hitches.
      3. Demonstrate a practical use of the taut line hitch.
      4. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax. Describe when each should be used.
      1. 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 or ticks
        • Venomous snakebite
        • Nosebleed
        • Frostbite and sunburn
        • Choking
      2. Describe common poisonous or hazardous plants, identify any that grow in your local area or campsite location. Tell how to treat for exposure to them.
      3. Tell what you can do on a campout or other outdoor activity to prevent or reduce the occurrence of injuries or exposure listed in Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b.
      4. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.
      1. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and where you live. Use the buddy system while on a troop or patrol outing.
      2. Explain what to do if you become lost on a hike or campout.
      3. Explain the rules of safe and responsible hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night.
      4. Explain why it is important to hike on trails or other durable surfaces, and give examples of durable surfaces you saw on your outing.
      1. Record your best in the following tests:
        Pushups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Situps or curl-ups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Back-saver sit-and-reach ________ (Record the distance stretched)
        1 mile walk/run ________ (Record the time)
      2. Develop and describe a plan for improvement in each of the activities listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a. Keep track of your activity for at least 30 days.
      3. Show improvement (of any degree) in each activity listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a after practicing for 30 days.
        Pushups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Situps or curl-ups ________ (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds)
        Back-saver sit-and-reach ________ (Record the distance stretched)
        1 mile walk/run ________ (Record the time)
      1. Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the U.S. flag.
      2. Participate in a total of one hour of service in one or more service projects approved by your Scoutmaster. Explain how your service to others relates to the Scout slogan and Scout motto.
    1. Describe the steps in Scouting's Teaching EDGE method. Use the Teaching EDGE method to teach another person how to tie the square knot.
    1. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived four different points of the Scout Law in your everyday life.
    2. While working toward Tenderfoot rank, and after completing Scout rank requirement 7, participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
    3. Successfully complete your board of review for the Tenderfoot rank.


The requirements for the Scout, Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks may be worked on simultaneously; however, these ranks must be earned in sequence.

Alternative Requirements for the Tenderfoot rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book.

Please note that Requirement 11 - (Successfully complete your board of review for the Tenderfoot rank.) MAY be done AFTER the Scout' has reached age 18. All other requirements must be completed BEFORE the Scout's 18th Birthday.

Worksheet for use in working on these requirements: Format
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Blanks in this worksheets table appear when we do not have a worksheet for the badge that includes these requirements.

Source: SCOUTS BSA REQUIREMENTS 2022  (SKU 656269) and

Page updated on: January 25, 2023

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