The Seven Months Between Joining and First Class

Created by: William O’Brochta July 16, 2011 Purpose: At the request of the BRMC Advancement Committee, I have revised a comprehensive, step-bystep plan to turn scouts that have just joined into First Class scouts. The guide has been fully updated for the twelfth edition of the BSA Handbook. This plan requires a lot of time and effort from the Senior Troop Guides, Troop Guides, and scouts, but with that effort, the new scouts should be able to achieve the rank of First Class in about seven months. Glossary of Terms: DC: Den Chiefs TG: Troop Guides STG: Senior Troop Guides Meeting: refers to a regular scout meeting, during which, the items listed should be completed. Rest meetings are built-in. After the items are completed, scouts participate in activities with the troop, if time allows. Outing: event, where the new scouts or whole troop, go somewhere to participate in an event. Several outings are built in, although there may be more outlined in the yearly schedule. Outing times may be adjusted depending on the troop’s interests. Timeline: Estimated time from start to finish: six to eight months depending on the frequency of meetings. (best case scenario) Requirements in the Twelfth Edition of the BSA Handbook: Scout1. Meet age requirements 7. Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan, Outdoor 2. Complete application Code 3. Find scout troop 8. Scout Badge 4. Repeat Pledge of Allegiance 9. Child Abuse 5. Sign, Salute, Handshake 10. Scoutmaster Conference 6. Square knot Tenderfoot1. Prepare for camping trip 8. Know patrol name, yell, flag 2. Night in tent 9. Buddy system, identify bullies 3. Cook meals 10. Fitness 4. Knots a. Current and 30 days later a. Whip and fuse rope b. Show improvement b. Two half hitches and taut-line 11. Poisonous plants hitch 12. First aid c. EDGE method a. Heimlich maneuver 5. Safe rules for hiking b. Applied first aid 6. American flag i. Cuts and scratches 7. Memorize Oath, Law, Motto, Slogan ii. Blisters Revision 4.1 7/16/11

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Second Class1. Orientation a. Compass and map b. Five mile hike 2. Leave No Trace 3. Trips a. Five activities b. Patrol site c. Knife, saw, ax d. Cooking fire e. Safety f. Light a fire g. Cook over fire 4. Flag ceremony 5. Service 6. Ten animals 7. First aid a. Hurry cases b. Personal kit c. Applied first aid i. Object in eye ii. Bite from rabid First Class1. Directions 2. Orienteering 3. Ten activities 4. Cooking a. Planning b. Cost c. Needed materials d. Safe handling meats e. Patrol cook 5. Constitutional rights 6. Ten native plants 7. Knots a. When to use lashings, timber and clove hitches b. Useful gadget 8. First aid

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Water safety a. Precautions b. Swimming ability c. Rescue methods Illicit Substances a. DARE program b. Three R’s Earn and save money Live by Oath and Law Scoutmaster conference Board of review a. Bowline b. Sprained ankle and head problems c. Transport d. CPR Water a. Safe trip afloat b. BSA swim test c. Line rescue Invite a boy Internet cyber bullying Live by Oath and Law, four examples in everyday life Scoutmaster conference Board of review


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First Class Plan: Note: For this plan to work, Patrols should have monthly outings. Requirements are taken from the twelfth edition of the handbook. 1) Crossover a) New scouts are crossed over into Troop 17. b) Troop 17 Den Chiefs (DC) are at the crossover to welcome new scouts into troop. c) Den Chiefs inform scouts of meeting times and dates and suggest that they come to the next meeting. 2) Meeting 1 a) Guides make sure scouts know about meeting times and dates. • Date: every Monday • Time: 7-8 PM b) At meeting Senior Troop Guide (TG) meets with Troop Guides to explain this document. c) Troop Guides are assigned to 1 or 2 new scouts to work on advancement with them. d) Troop Guides then take new scouts to empty room and work on Scout requirements. • Finish all requirements. e) Guides Assign Homework. • Talk with parents about Child Abuse. 3) Meeting 2 a) Scouts should get Scout requirements signed off. • Guides prep new scout for Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. • Explain process followed. • Tell personal experience Guide has had. b) Guides help scout sign up and participate in Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. c) Guide introduces the advancement program to scout. d) Guides assign Homework: read scout book focusing on advancement and begin Tenderfoot requirement 10a. 4) Meeting 3 a) Guides, within assigned groups, begin working on basic Tenderfoot requirements using the following procedure: • Work on requirements begins after announcements and continues until all requirements are completed. • Scouts work within groups. • Guide reads background information on requirement and asks a question pertaining to the requirement to see if the scout is skilled in the requirement. • Guide asks scouts to answer; one correct answer does not suffice. Each scout should try to answer the question. (Do not pressure the scouts!) • If one or more of the answers given is correct, the requirement is marked to be signed off for the scouts that got the requirement correct. • For the scouts that did not get the requirement correct, the requirement is marked as incorrect. Revision 4.1 7/16/11

questions. • At the end of the session, Guide reviews questions missed with scouts and may mark them correct if the scout gives the right answer. • All requirements marked correct are signed off by either the Troop Guide, with approval from the Senior Troop Guide (STG), or the Senior Troop Guide. 5) Outing 1 (Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader, along with Guides, plan outing) a) Preparation i) Guide helps scouts prepare with the troop for the outing. ii) Senior Troop Guide holds a meeting in which he discusses the trip. • He reiterates the purpose of the outing and tells what the benefits of going on it are. • With his prepared list, he explains the items to bring on the trip. • The Troop Guides help assign tent partners. • The STG explains and helps prepare the scouts to finish the cooking requirement on the outing (if applicable, if not done on Outing 2). • TG’s answer any questions. • Guides Assign Homework: Following the meal plan list created at the general troop preparation meeting, scout buys food and prepares for meal that he will make on the Outing. b) Outing i) Guides help new scouts find cars to ride in. ii) Guides help scouts set up tents and do a tent inspection to make sure tents are set up properly. iii) Guides answer any questions the scouts may have. iv) During any free time, TG’s gather their group of scouts and work on Tenderfoot requirements. • Requirements to Focus On. • Tenderfoot 1,2,3,9,11 • Second Class 2, 6 • Guides help ease scouts into troop and patrol method by telling about personal experiences and giving suggestions. • Scouts meet with Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leaders, Troop Guides, and Senior Troop Guides to get to know them better. • Scouts act on the plan that was formed at the prep meeting, have each scout prepare (or help prepare) a meal for the patrol. • Guides make sure scouts have fun on the outing and encourage them to go on all the others. 6) Meeting 4 a) Outing discussion • Each scout tells about what he liked during the outing and what he didn’t like. • Guides answer questions and provide suggestions to scouts to make future outings Revision 4.1 7/16/11

• The answer is reviewed and the Guide elaborates on the answer, possibly asking more

more enjoyable. b) Reflection • Where is the scout now? The Guides need to know. The STG needs to know. The Scoutmaster needs to know. During the Outing discussion, look at each scouts book and see where they are. • Have the Guides report to the STG about progress. • The STG then tells the Scoutmaster and Committee how the scouts are doing. c) Requirement Work i) Scouts continue working on Tenderfoot requirements using the system outlined above. Each TG should be involved. ii) Requirements to Focus on • First Aid/ Safety • Tenderfoot 12a, 12b, 5 • Second Class 7a, 7c, 8a, 9b iii) Guides assign Homework: Second Class 7b, due at Meeting 5. 7) Meeting 5 a) Catch-Up • Any requirements that have not been completed by the scout should be done now. b) Guides check progress on fitness requirement. c) Scouts prepare for New Scout Outing • Outing to swimming pool to work on swimming and knot tying. 8) Outing 2 (Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader, along with Guides, plan outing) a) Guides help scouts work on water requirements • Second Class review 8a, 8b, 8c • First Class 9a, 9b, 9c b) Guides teach knots • Tenderfoot 4a, 4b, 4c • First Class 7a, 7b, 8a 9) Meeting 6 a) Scouts should finish requirement 10a for Tenderfoot and get 10b completed. b) Requirement Work taught by Guides • Basic Skills • Tenderfoot 6, 7, 8 • Second Class 1a, 4 c) Scouts should participate in a Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review for Tenderfoot if ready. 10) Meeting 7 and 8 a) Rest weeks. b) Time is allotted for Troop activities and requirements that have not been completed from the above list. c) Guides Assign Homework: Bring in proof that Scout has completed Second Class 9a (DARE or equivalent).

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11) Meeting 9 a) All scouts that have not earned Tenderfoot should go for their Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. b) Requirement Work • First Class 1, 5 (needs prep by Guides), 8d 12) Meeting 10 a) Requirement Work i) First Class 6, 2 (requires prep) ii) Prep for Outing, lead by Guides • Use plan outlined above. • Outing should be a hike to fulfill Second Class 1b. (5+ miles) • Basic troop Preparation • During prep, each scout should work on First Class 4a, 4b, 4c 13) Outing 3 (Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader, along with Guides, plan outing) a) All new scouts hike at least five miles. b) At camp, requirements to work on. • Second Class 3b, 3c, 3d, 3e, 3f, 3g • First Class 4c, 4d, 4e 14) Meeting 11 a) Guides and scouts recap Outing 3 • Finish any undone requirements from Outing 3. b) Requirement Work • First Class 8b, 8c, 11 c) Scouts should have another outing to do a one hour service project (Second Class 5) • Prep needed should be done at this meeting. 15) Outing 4 (Scoutmaster and Senior Patrol Leader, along with Guides, plan outing) a) Scouts participate in service project to fulfill requirement 5. 16) Meeting 12 a) Rest/ recap meeting. b) Guides Assign Homework: Second Class 10, First Class 10 17) Meeting 13 a) Scouts should have enough outings to fulfill requirement Second Class 3a. b) Scouts should sign up and have a Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. 18) Meeting 14 a) Extended patrol meeting. • Scouts should have participated in four troop outings and about three to four patrol outings, which brings the outing total to between seven and eight outings. Two to three more outings are needed. Patrols should plan these outings. 19) Meeting 15 a) Guides check progress. How many outings have the scouts been on? 20) Meeting 16 a) This meeting should take place after all (or most) scouts have been on ten outings. (Lag of a couple of meetings) b) Scouts should participate in Scoutmaster Conference and Board of Review. Revision 4.1 7/16/11

At this point the scout is First Class. The above process, if followed rigorously, will result in First Class scouts in about seven months. Now the scout should be able to work by themselves on merit badges with a couple of introductory meetings. After First Class Plan: 21) Meeting 17 a) Introduction to Merit Badges • Now each scout should be proficient in skills, but there is much more to learn. • Guides tell each scout how the merit badge program works. • Each scout should pick a merit badge they are interested in working on. • The group decides on one badge to work on. • Guides find/ invite councilor to work on the badge. 22) Meeting 18 a) Scouts work on merit badge with councilor. 23) Meeting 19 a) Scouts continue work on merit badge with councilor. 24) Meeting 20 a) Scouts are finished with merit badge. b) Discussion • Scouts meet with STG, Patrol Leaders, Senior Patrol Leaders, and TG to discuss their first merit badge. 25) Meeting 21 a) Scouts are asked to work on one merit badge, doing the work on their own. b) Guides Assign Homework: Find merit badge and contact councilor/ find councilor. 26) Meeting 22 a) Guides check progress. b) They announce that scouts should finish up the merit badge with the councilor. 27) Meeting 23 a) Recap • Guides talk about the scouts’ first two merit badges. • Guides announce that two more meetings will take place. 28) Meeting 24 a) Guides or older scout give insight into leadership positions in the troop. • They have a presentation to show. (Troop Guide makes it or I can make it) • Guides or older scout answer questions. b) Presenter should encourage scouts to run/ be elected to a leadership position (some may already have been elected, if so ask them to tell what they have learned and achieved in office) 29) Meeting 25 a) Major Recap Revision 4.1 7/16/11

this program. Have them share their experiences. b) Guides make it known that anyone in the troop is ready and willing to answer questions and help the scouts whenever they need it. c) Invite an Eagle Scout to give a short presentation about becoming an Eagle and encourage the new scouts to do so.

• Scouts should have been on many outings and learned many things over the course of

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