Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Second Class



Second Class Scout Rank

Second Class scouts work on building their outdoor survival and camping skills. Compass work, nature observation, camp tools, and swimming are areas where new skills are mastered and demonstrated. A second class scout, having completed all the requirements, should be able to lead a hike, care for his own equipment, set up a campsite, and perform basic first aid.

NOTE: These requirements may be worked on simultaneously with those for Second Class and First Class; however these ranks must be earned in sequence.


  1. a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
    b. Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your
        adult leader and your parent or guardian.*
  2. Discuss the principles of "Leave No Trace"
  3. a. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings),
        two of which included camping overnight.
    b. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched. Explain what
        factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
    c. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they
        should be used.
    d. Use the tools listed in requirement 3c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
    e. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety
        procedures for using both.
    f. In an approved place and at an approved time, demonstrate how to build a fire and set up a lightweight
        stove. NOTE: Lighting the fire is not required
    g. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from the food pyramid.
        Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you
  4. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity. Explain to your leader what respect is due the flag of the United States.
  5. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project.
  6. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
  7. a. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
    b. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
    c. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
            * Object in the eye
            * Bite of a suspected rabid animal
            * Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
            * Serious burns (partial thickness, or second degree)
            * Heat exhaustion
            * Shock
            * Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
  8. a. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
    b. Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet
        on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
    c. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable
        object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted
        when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should
        avoid contact with the victim.
  9. a. Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and
        tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the
        program with your family.
    b. Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
  10. Earn an amount of money agreed upon by you and your parent, then save at least 50 percent of that money.
  11. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used for Tenderfoot requirement 13) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  12. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  13. Complete your board of review

Second Class worksheet for use in working on these requirements.

Boy 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.

Boy 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.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
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.