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(Knoxville, Tennessee)
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Boy Scout Ranks

Scout Joining

Scout Rank

The first rank of Boy Scouting which can be earned quickly after a boy joins a troop, especially if he has earned his Arrow of Light as a Webelos scout. 

Tenderfoot Requirements

Tenderfoot Rank

Tenderfoot is the second rank earned as a Boy Scout and is earned after at least one campout, showing first aid skills, and some physical fitness.

Second Class Requirements

Second Class Rank


Second Class scouts work on building their outdoor survival and camping skills.

First Class Requirements

First Class Rank


When the First Class rank is attained, a scout has learned all the basic camping and outdoors skills of a scout.

Star Rank

Star Rank

The Star rank is attained with participation, leadership, service, and self-directed advancement through merit badges.

Life Rank

Life Rank

A Life Scout is expected to be a role model and leader in the troop, providing guidance to new scouts and helping the troop however he can.

Eagle Scout Rank

Eagle Scout Rank


Attaining the Eagle rank is often the end goal of a scout and his parents. The Eagle rank is a major advancement milestone, but not the culmination of scouting.

And more information about the ranks can be found @

Rank Requirements

The following workbooks are not required, but may help you organize your thoughts as you prepare to meet with your Troop Leaders on rank.
Icon File Name Comment  
Eagle Rank Workbook.pdf Workbook for the highest rank in Scouting - Eagle  
Eagle-Palms Workbook.pdf Work book for Eagle Palms - after earning the Eagle rank  
First-Class Rank Workbook.pdf Workbook for First Class rank  
Life Rank Workbook.pdf Workbook for Life rank  
Scout Rank Workbook.pdf Workbook for Scout rank  
Second-Class Rank Workbook.pdf Workbook for Second Class rank  
Star Rank Workbook.pdf Workbook for Star rank  
Tenderfoot Rank Wookbook.pdf Workbook for Tenderfoot rank  

Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

When making a promise or oath, be sure you know what you are promising...


On my honor
You are stating your promise backed by your own personal worth.
I will do my best
Only you know what your best truly is. Do not measure yourself against the accomplishments or laziness of peers - strive to surpass your own high standards and be proud when you know you've put in your best effort.
To do my duty to God
Your duty to God is to follow the teachings of your religious leaders always.
and my country
Every citizen has responsibilities to understand, defend, and improve his community. Duties include serving in public office, voting, protecting natural resources, and learning about our government system.
and to obey the Scout Law;
You are promising to follow these twelve points, not only in scouting, but in all areas of your life. You will use the Law as a compass to guide your decisions and actions.
To help other people at all times;
You will look for opportunities to help and will not pass someone by that you are capable of aiding. You will use your skills to assist anyone you meet and seek additional help if needed.
To keep myself physically strong,
You will nurture and protect your body, eating healthy food, exercising, getting rest, and avoiding harmful habits like drugs, tobacco, and alcohol. Maintaining your physical strength is required to do your best and fulfill the other points of this promise.
mentally awake,
You will exercise your mind by doing your best in school. You will explore your world and try to continually learn and then share your knowledge with others.
and morally straight.
You will maintain honest and open relationships with others. You will hold yourself to a high moral standard and be clean in your speech and actions while being faithful to your religious beliefs.

The Boy Scout Oath has three main clauses which are good to remember and may help you understand that the oath is meant to cover all parts of your life:

The core of your being is your relationship with God. Your family and religious leaders teach you about knowing and serving God and you do your duty by following their teachings and being a good family member. Your duty to your country is being a good citizen, obeying the laws, working to make it a stronger nation, and defending it and its principals.
Doing your Good Turn each day, looking for people that could use a hand, and providing aid for community services are all ways to help others. We are obligated to help those that can not help themselves and helping with a cheerful spirit builds our own character.
Caring for yourself physically, mentally, and morally will result in a more rewarding life. Only you can control how you respond to challenges, hardships, and pleasures - and being strong in body, mind, and spirit will aid you in handling anything that comes your way.



The Scout Law

A Scout Is...
A Scout tells the truth. He keeps his promises. Honesty is part of his code of conduct. People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.
A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He seeks to understand others. He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for unforeseen needs. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean. He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals. He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.

Scout Motto

Be Prepared
The Scout motto means that you are always ready to do what is necessary to help others. It also means you are ready, willing, and able to do what is necessary in any situation that comes along. You are also being prepared to live a full and worthwhile life, being a physically fit, honorable citizen of strong character.

Scout Slogan

Do a Good Turn Daily
This does not mean that you should do just one Good Turn during the day and then stop. It means you should always be looking for extra opportunities to help others, quietly and without boasting. Remember that a Good Turn is an act of kindness, not just something you do because it is good manners. Good Turns should be done for family, friends, adults, children, and especially for those that are not able to do the task themselves.

Outdoor Code

As an American I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners
I will treat the outdoors as a heritage.
I will take care of it for myself and others.
I will keep my trash and garbage out of lakes, streams, fields, woods, and roadways.
Be careful with fire
I will prevent wildfire.
I will build my fires only where they are appropriate.
When I have finished using a fire, I will make sure it is cold out.
I will leave a clean fire ring, or remove all evidence of my fire.
Be considerate in the outdoors
I will treat public and private property with respect.
I will use low-impact methods of hiking and camping.
Be conservation minded
I will learn how to practice good conservation of soil, waters, forests, minerals, grasslands, wildlife, and energy.
I will urge others to do the same.

Boy Scout Knots

Thoughts on Backpacking

Icon File Name Comment  
BACKPACKING 1 NIGHT Camping Gear.pdf  
Backpacking Breakfasts.pdf  
Backpacking Dinners.pdf  
Backpacking Lunch and Snacks.pdf  
Five Lightweight Backpacking Dinner Recipe1.pdf