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All Scout Examinations for passing the different rank-requirements of the Boy Scouts of America should be given either in person or under the direction or supervision of one or all the members of the Local Court of Honor. In communities where the Local Council has not yet been formed, the examination should be conducted by a neighboring Scout Master, or by one or two representative citizens who have been instructed in the nature and extent of the work covered. The Tenderfoot examinations are very simple, but from that point the requirements grow more complex and difficult, and it will certainly lend weight and dignity to the importance of the occasion if the examination for the upper Scout ranks and for the qualification of Merit Badges are conducted by as many members of the Court of Honor and experts or with as marked attention as possible.

In some cities Scouts are allowed to take examinations in the various requirement tests as soon as they are ready to pass them. Sometimes preliminary tests are made. In other places the candidate must qualify in all of the tests at the time set for the examination. This latter policy, it would seem, would be productive of best results and better order in systematic Scout work, unless a complex system of records, exact in all details, is made use of. Certain definite dates should be determined upon for examinations. More interest should be aroused thereby, and the number of participants would most likely be increased. In any event such a course should prove of advantage in helping to standardize examinations and Scout records.

Suggested Examinations

Methods of conducting the examinations are suggested in the Chapter on "Programs for Scout Masters" of this Manual. A paper is also submitted by the Court of Honor or Examining Committee of one of the Local Councils. In this it is to be noted that the examination (for Second Class Scouts) is divided into two parts; and that one is to be written and the other given orally or by demonstration.


1. Give date of your becoming a Tenderfoot.

2. Describe how to apply and bandage a splint to a broken bone in the forearm.

3. What is a compound fracture?

4. What is a triangular bandage and what is its use? 

5. Describe how to apply a tourniquet to upper arm.

(a) When vein is cut.

(b) When artery is cut.

6. When is a stimulant administered to a person who is bleeding badly, and what is given?

7. Describe how a roller bandage is, used.

8. How did you earn $I.00 and in what bank is it deposited?

9. Draw a diagram showing the sixteen points of the compass and name each.

(a) Give degrees of the following points: - North - South - East - West.

10. Give six rules for:

(a) Proper use of the knife.

(b) Proper use of the ax.

11. Name the twelve points of the Scout Law.


1. Describe treatment for the following:

(a) Fainting.

(b) Shock.

(c) Fracture.

(d) Bruises.

(e) Sprains.

(f) Injuries in which the skin is broken.

(g) Burns.

(h) Scalds.

2. Signal the following by the method or code you have learned:

(a) Be Prepared.

(b) He is absent from Camp.

(c) Now is the time for all good people to come to the aid of the party.

(d) Absent.

3. Deliver a message at the distance of one mile at Scout's pace in 12 minutes.

4. Satisfy the examiner that you can lay and light a fire without paper, using only two matches.

5. Upon the fire just lighted cook two potatoes and a quarter of a pound of beef. (Use of ordinary kitchen utensils is not allowed, but mess kit permitted.)

Suggested Methods of Marking for Use in Inter-Patrol Contests.

As inter-patrol competitions are held during the year in the city from which these suggestions come, the examination papers, as above, are marked as follows:

(1) Scouts passing with a percentage of from 85 to 100 will be awarded an " H," which means that the Scout has passed with honor, and his patrol will be credited with 25 points.

(2) Scouts passing with an average of from 70 to 85 percent. will be given a " C," which shows creditable work, and his patrol will be awarded 15 points.

(3) Scouts passing with a percentage of from 60 to 70 will be given a " P," which means he has been successful and passed the examination. This patrol will be awarded 5 points.

(4) Any Scout receiving a percentage of between 50 and 60 will be marked with an "F," which means that he has failed to meet the standard of requirements. However, he will be allowed to take the next regular examination given by the Court of Honor.

(5) Any Scout failing to receive a percentage of at least 50 will be marked "FF" and his patrol will have to forfeit 10 points. He will not be allowed to take the next examination, but may take anyone succeeding that.

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See Also:

Tenderfoot Scout Examinations

Handbook for Scout Masters, First Edition, pages 64-67






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