Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Training


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

               For more information on the Scout Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

Tenderfoot Rank

Tenderfoot is the first rank earned as a Boy Scout. The requirements of becoming a Tenderfoot provide basic skills to begin preparing the scout for higher adventure outings.

                For more information on the Tenderfoot Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

Second Class 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.

               For more information on the Second Class Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

First Class Rank

When the First Class rank is attained, a scout has learned all the basic camping and outdoors skills of a scout. He can fend for himself in the wild, lead others on a hike or campout, set up a camp site, plan and properly prepare meals, and provide first aid for most situations he may encounter.

               For more information on the First Class Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

Star Rank

Up through First Class rank, a scout was busy learning skills and becoming a self-sufficient scout. He now moves from being a learner to being a leader. The Star rank is attained with participation, leadership, service, and self-directed advancement through merit badges.

               For more information on the Star Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

Life Rank

Continuing to develop leadership skills, the Life Scout rank is earned by fulfilling additional leadership positions, service hours, and merit badges. 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. Being a good
             leader can only be learned by doing and troop leadership positions allow the scout to make
             decisions, lead discussions, and encourage others.

               For more information on the Life Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

Eagle Rank

Attaining the Eagle rank is often the end goal of a scout and his parents. It looks good on a resume and shows commitment to a program over an extended span of time. But, just like each rank advancement before it, the Eagle rank is a major advancement milestone, but not the culmination of

               For more information on the Eagle Rank Requirements CLICK HERE

Scouting Skills

       Compass & Map

       What is a Map: This skill is to help the scout learn the basics of different types of maps and how
              to use it. Printable Version
       What is a Topographic (Topo) Map: This skill is to help the scout learn the basics of Topographic
               (Topo) maps and how to use it. Printable Version
       Contours and Landforms: This information will help you better understand how the Topographic
              Map and the land compare.
       How to use a Compass without a Map: This skill is to help the scout learn the basics of what a
               compass is, how it works and how to use it without a map. Printable Version
       How to use a Compass With a Map: This skill is to help the scout learn the basics of compass
              and map working together. You will need the ability to read a map and know the basic use of a
               compass first before learning compass with a map. Printable Version

Merit Badges


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.