Scouting Ranks



Tenderfoot Scout


2nd Class Scout

2nd Class

1st Class Scout

1st Class

Star Scout


Life Scout


Eagle Scout


Scouting Knowledge

Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country, to obey the Scout Law, to help other people at all times, to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake and morally straight.

Outdoor Code

As an American, I will do my best to...
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors,
and Be conservation minded.

Scout Motto

"Be Prepared"

Scout Law

A Scout is...
and Reverent.

Scout Slogan

"Do a good turn daily"

First Class Scout Badge

1. The three point design is like the North point of the old mariner’s compass, and stand for the three parts of the Scout Oath.
2. Just as that compass points the way at sea, the Scout is able to point the right way in life.
3. The stars are a reminder of the outdoor lifestyle, and represent two ideals…truth and knowledge.
4. The eagle with the shield is a symbol of the United States…it stands for freedom, and the readiness to defend that freedom.
5. The scroll at the bottom bears the Scout Motto “Be Prepared”. The ends of the scroll are turned upwards, like a smile that a Scout should have when following the Scout Slogan “Do a good turn daily.”
6. The knot at the base is our reminder to “Do a good turn daily”.
Many people mistakenly believe that Eagle Rank is the “goal” of every Scout, when it is actually achieved by only a small percentage. A closer description would be that First Class rank represents a “complete” outdoorsman…a Scout who is recognized for having a full set of skills and is ready to assume leadership roles, go on high adventure activities, etc. I know of no office or activity in Scouting that holds a pre-requisite of a rank higher than First Class. A Scout who attains First Class rank within his first year is significantly more likely to stay in Scouting longer, and will thus absorb, and live out, Scouting’s principles in life. (

Scout Leadership

Patrol Method

Scout Advancement

Whip Rope

Scouting Knots

Scout Leadership

Scout Leadership