First Year Guide

Welcome to the Troop Guide Handbook for Training New Scouts.

This document is a complete guide for achieving several ranks (Scout to First Class) in your first year as a Boy Scout. It provides important “How-To’s” such as camping basics, fire safety, cooking, first aid, knots, etc.

It also provides provides an outline for the Troop Guide position. The Troop Guide is a senior scout who provides training, advise, and guidance to new scouts. “The main goal [of a Troop Guide] is to make the first year of scouting a successful, fun, growing experience for the newest scouts in our troop. Our aim is to support new scouts in reaching First Class, as much as we can by providing training and fun to help them advance.”

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Sample First Class Advancement Schedule

J: Joining requirement         T: Tenderfoot         S: Second class         F: First class
Month Activities
March Individually:

  • Do J1,2,3, with a parent to join a troop.
  • Meet with Scoutmaster to join and get a Scout Handbook.
  • Practice J4-9 at home with a parent.
  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference for Joining.

1st Troop Meeting:

  • Receive Scout badge if requirements are complete.
  • T1, 5 – safe hiking and camping gear

Patrol Meeting:

  • T7, 8, 9 Discuss Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan and begin memorizing them.
  • Discuss buddy system.
  • Create patrol name, yell, and flag design.

2nd Troop Meeting (Court of Honor):

  • Watch First Class scouts advance.
  • T2, S3b – pitch tent, select campsite.
  • Discuss upcoming camping trip – packing list, uniform expectations, and duty roster.
  • Create menu for trip.

Troop CampOut:

  • Do T1, 2, 3 – dress for campout, sleep in tent, prepare meal.
April Individually:

  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference for Joining

1st Troop Meeting:

  • Receive Scout badge, if requirements are complete.
  • Arrive early and do T10a before meeting – each scout records first attempt
  • T6, S4, S9b, F5 – flag etiquette, personal safety, citizenship

Patrol Meeting:

  • T11, T12, S7b – first aid.
  • Finish patrol flag and practice yell

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Do T8 – bring patrol flag and give yell for troop.
  • Receive Scout badge, if requirements are complete.
  • Arrive early and do T10a before meeting – each scout records first attempt

Troop CampOut:

  • Do T1-3, S3c, e, f – Totin’ Chip, Firem’n Chit
May 1st Troop Meeting:

  • T3, S3g – cooking, prepare menu for campout.
  • Arrive early and do T10a or T10b before meeting – each scout records first or final attempt

Patrol Meeting:

  • T4b-c, T5, T11:
    • Go on a short hike and practice rules of safe hiking.
    • Review buddy system and use it on hike.
    • Practice tying square knot, two half-hitches, and taut-line hitch on a break while hiking.
    • Look for poisonous plants and talk about their treatment.
    • Practice first aid for T12 – do not practice the Heimlich maneuver.

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Do S1a – map and compass
  • Arrive early and do T10a or T10b before meeting – each scout records first or final attempt

Troop CampOut:

  • Do T1-4, T6, S3g – packing, campsite, tent, knots, flag skills, cook a meal

Service Project:

  • Do S5 – 1 hour service
June 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do S8a, S9a – Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat.
  • Arrive early and do T10b before meeting – each scout records final attempt

Patrol Meeting:

  • Practice first aid. Do S7b – make a first aid kit.
  • Go on a hike and do T12 – have senior scouts role-play injuries along the hike and sign off if new scouts show correct first aid.

Individually:

  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference for Tenderfoot.
  • Arrange Board of Review.

2nd Troop Meeting (Court of Honor):

  • Do S4 – flag ceremony.
  • Receive Tenderfoot badge if all requirements are complete.

Troop CampOut :

  • Do S1, F1 – 5-mile hike, directions without compass.
  • S3g – plan and cook meal.
July 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do T10b before meeting – each scout records final attempt.

Patrol Meeting:

  • Do F2 – orienteering course.

Summer Camp:

  • Do S8b-c, F9b-c – swimming and water rescue, swimmer test.
  • Complete left-over Tenderfoot requirements.
  • T11 – Find poisonous plants.
  • S3g – plan and cook meal.
August 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do S3, S7c – flag ceremony, first aid.

Patrol Meeting:

  • S7c – practice serious first aid.
  • Do S7a – make a first aid kit if missed earlier.

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Do S3, S7a – flag ceremony, hurry cases.

Troop CampOut:

  • Do S6, F6 – animal identification, plant identification.
  • Do F1 – direction without compass.
  • Do S3g – cook own meal.

Individually:

  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference for Tenderfoot or Second Class.
  • Arrange Board of Review.
September 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do F4a,c,d (1 scout per campout) – plan menu, list cooking gear, explain safe food handling.

Individually:

  • Do F4b (1 scout per campout) – food costs, amounts, and purchase for campout.

Patrol Meeting:

  • F7a-b – knots and lashings.

2nd Troop Meeting (Court of Honor):

  • Receive Tenderfoot or Second Class badge.

Troop CampOut:

  • Do F1 – direction without compass.
  • Do F4 – (1 scout per campout) – use This worksheet. In patrols of 6 or more scouts, you could break into two groups so a different scout could serve as cook for each.
October 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do F4a,c,d (1 scout per campout) – plan menu, list cooking gear, explain safe food handling.

Individually:

  • Do F4b (1 scout per campout) – food costs, amounts, and purchase for campout.

Patrol Meeting:

  • Do F8a, F8c – bowline and victim transports.

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Review Tenderfoot and Second Class skills with more advanced helping slower ones.

Troop CampOut:

  • Do F7a,b – lashings, knots, camp gadget.
  • Do F4e – (1 scout per campout)

Individually:

  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference for Second Class.
  • Arrange Board of Review.
November 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Troop Merit Badge – Invite Merit Badge Counselor to meeting

Patrol Meeting:

  • Work on Troop Merit Badge requirements
  • Do F8b – Bandages.

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Work on Troop Merit Badge requirements
  • Do T12b, S7a,c, F8b,c – have older scouts role-play injuries and then sign off if new scouts show correct first aid.

Troop CampOut:

  • Work on Troop Merit Badge requirements

Individually:

  • Work on Troop Merit Badge requirements
  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Arrange Board of Review.
December 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do F8d – CPR

Patrol Meeting:

  • Practice advanced first aid skills for F8.

2nd Troop Meeting (Court of Honor):

  • Receive Second Class badge

Troop CampOut:

  • First Class cooking

Individually:

  • Complete Troop Merit Badge requirements
January 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Do S7, F8 – Stage an emergency situation for the new scouts to handle.

Patrol Meeting:

  • Requests by scouts for any requirement demonstrations.

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Do F8c,d – injury transport, heart attack. Or, stage an emergency situation for the new scouts to handle.

Troop CampOut:

  • First Class cooking

Individually:

  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Arrange Board of Review.
February 1st Troop Meeting:

  • First Class Olympics – knot relays, first aid relays, compass use, fire building, animal/plant identification, …

Patrol Meeting:

  • Open

2nd Troop Meeting:

  • Open

Troop CampOut:

  • Open

Individually:

  • Schedule a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Arrange Board of Review.
March 1st Troop Meeting:

  • Open

Patrol Meeting:

  • Open

2nd Troop Meeting (Court of Honor):

  • Receive First Class badge.

Troop CampOut:

  • Open