1st Class, 1927-1940




Search  Inquiry Net

Back ] Home ] Up ] Next ]

Climbing the Mountain
Woodcraft Badges
1st Class, 1927-1940
Woodcraft Coups&Degrees
Advancement Ceremonies
Tracking Sheets
Webelos Transition
Traditional Scouting
Bushman's Cord
Senior Scouts
Do Program!
Traditional Award Badges
1st Year Summer Camp
TF-FC Requirements in 1911
Journey Requirements

Scout Books

Site Contents

1st Class Scout requirements from the 3rd ed. of Handbook for Boys (1927), 32nd printing (May, 1940):

The third edition is significant in the history of Traditional Scouting because it was the last time that BSA First Class rose to the standard of Baden-Powell's real-world test of Tenderfoot through First Class Scoutcraft skills called the "First Class Journey" (requirement #5).

Requirement #4 is interesting because it includes the "Manual Alphabet for the Deaf" and "Indian Sign Language Code" as optional signaling requirements.  This contradicts the common wisdom that the requirement was dropped because of advances in technology.

(1) At least two months' service as a Second Class Scout and be able to identify the rank, length of service and position of leadership of Scouts and local Scouters by means of their Badges and Insignia.

(2) Swim fifty yards. (Jump overboard, feet first into water slightly over his head, swim twenty-five yards, make a sharp turn about, and return to the starting point.)

(3) Earn and deposit at least $2 in a public bank or other savings institution (premiums paid on life insurance, are accepted if earned), or plant, raise and market a farm crop or earn and contribute at least two dollars or the equivalent to the family budget or to welfare work in the community.

(4) Send and receive a message by Semaphore Code, including conventional signs, thirty letters per minute, or by the General Service Code (International Morse) sixteen letters per minute, including conventional signs; or by the Indian Sign Language Code, thirty signs per minute; or the Manual Alphabet for the Deaf thirty letters per minute.

(5) Make a round trip alone (or with another Scout) to a point at least seven miles away (fourteen miles in all), going on foot, or rowing a boat, and write a satisfactory account of the trip and things observed.

(6) (a) Tell what First Aid is and what are its limitations. (b) Review Second Class First Aid requirements including demonstrations. (c) Show what to do for-(1) frost-bitten foot; (2) snake bite on hand; (3) mad dog bite; (4) heat exhaustion and sunstroke, describing difference in appearance. (d) Tell what to do for-(1) internal poisoning from food or drug; (2) freezing; (3) poisoning caused by poison ivy, poison sumac, or poison (e) Show how to-(1) use triangular bandage as sling, and as directed for four of the following injuries-head, eye, hand, chest, hip, knee, foot (in each case with dressing over wound); (2) apply splint to broken upper arm and place properly in cravat sling; (3) immobilize broken collar bone; (4) use neckerchief over shoe to support sprained ankle; (5) apply finger pressure (digital) to control arterial bleeding of wrist, ankle and temple; (6) apply tourniquet on upper arm and upper leg at correct pressure points, and (7) control venous bleeding below knee. (f) Explain necessity for immediate use of finger pressure control of bleeding; its advantages over tourniquet, and danger and necessary precautions in use of tourniquet. (g) Demonstrate with another person: (1) four-hand carry and (2) blanket or coat-litter carry; (3) a two-man carry with a chair; (4) with three other persons, method of lifting and transporting through a door and through a narrow passage a man who is unconscious the Scout himself acting as captain of the team; (5) Fireman's drag (h) Describe symptoms of various degree of shock, when to expect and how to deal with them.

(7) Prepare and cook satisfactorily in the open, using camp cooking utensils, at least one of each of the following three classes of food, as be directed: (1) Eggs and bacon, hunter's stew, fish, fowl or game (2) pancakes, cornbread, biscuit or "twist" baked on a stick; (3) oatmeal or other hot cooked cereal. Give an exact statement of the amount and cost of materials used, and the number of persons intended to serve.

(8) Read a map correctly, and draw from field notes made on the spot, an intelligible rough sketch map, indicating by their proper marks important buildings, roads, trolley lines, main landmarks, principal elevations, etc. Point out a compass direction without the help of the compass.

(9) Use properly an axe for felling or trimming light timber; or produce an article of carpentry, cabinet-making, or metal work, made by himself; or demonstrate repair of a decaying or damaged tree. Explain method followed.

(10) Judge distance, size, number, height and weight within 25 percent.

(11) Be able to identify in the field (1a) 10 species of trees or plants, including Poison Ivy, noting such characteristic things as bark leaves, flowers, fruit, and scent; or (1b) 6 species of wild birds noting such characteristics as plumage, notes, tracks and habits; or (1c) 6 species of native wild animals, noting characteristic form, color, call, track and habits. (2) Be able to point out the North Star, and be able to name and point out at least 3 constellations of stars.

(12) Furnish satisfactory evidence that he has put into practice in his daily life the principles of the Scout Oath and Law.







Additional Information:

Peer- Level Topic Links:
Climbing the Mountain ] Woodcraft Badges ] [ 1st Class, 1927-1940 ] Woodcraft Coups&Degrees ] Advancement Ceremonies ] Tracking Sheets ] Webelos Transition ] Traditional Scouting ] Bushman's Cord ] Senior Scouts ] Do Program! ] Traditional Award Badges ] 1st Year Summer Camp ] TF-FC Requirements in 1911 ] Journey Requirements ]

Parent- Level Topic Links:
Traditional Scouting ] Patrol Method ] Adults ] Advancement ] Ideals ] Leadership ] Uniforms ] Outdoor Skills ]

The Inquiry Net Main Topic Links:
 [Outdoor Skills]  [Patrol Method [Old-School]  [Adults [Advancement]  [Ideals]  [Leadership]  [Uniforms]

Search This Site:

Search Amazon.Com:

When you place an order with Amazon.Com using the search box below, a small referral fee is returned to The Inquiry Net to help defer the expense of keeping us online.  Thank you for your consideration!



Amazon Logo



Scout Books Trading Post

Dead Bugs, Blow Guns, Sharp Knives, & Snakes:
What More Could A Boy Want?

Old School Scouting:
What to Do, and How to Do It!

To Email me, replace "(at)" below with "@"

If you have questions about one of my 2,000 pages here, you must send me the "URL" of the page!
This "URL" is sometimes called the "Address" and it is usually found in a little box near the top of your screen.  Most URLs start with the letters "http://"

The Kudu Net is a backup "mirror" of The Inquiry Net.  

2003, 2011 The Inquiry Net, http://inquiry.net  In addition to any Copyright still held by the original authors, the Scans, Optical Character Recognition, extensive Editing,  and HTML Coding on this Website are the property of the Webmaster.   My work may be used by individuals for non-commercial, non-web-based activities, such as Scouting, research, teaching, and personal use so long as this copyright statement and a URL to my material is included in the text
The purpose of this Website is to provide access  to hard to find, out-of-print documents.  Much of the content has been edited to be of practical use in today's world and is not intended as historical preservation.   I will be happy to provide scans of specific short passages in the original documents for people involved in academic research.  


Last modified: October 15, 2016.