This page will document the requirements for First-Class Rank. Items that are already signed off in my Scout Book Handbook will not be documented here. I will use this page to capture items that need additional documentation.
Section 1b - Explaining Tread Lightly! Principles
Explain each of the principles of Tread Lightly! and tell how you practiced them on a campout or outing. This outing must be different from the ones used for Tenderfoot requirement 1c and Second Class requirement 1b.
The mission - Tread Lightly! promotes responsible outdoor recreation through ethics education and stewardship programs.
Source - https://treadlightly.org/learn/
Section 2a - Plan a Menu
Help plan a menu for one of the above campouts that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout. Help plan a menu for one of the above campouts that includes at least one breakfast, one lunch, and one dinner, and that requires cooking at least two of the meals. Tell how the menu includes the foods from MyPlate or the current USDA nutritional model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout.
Section 2b - Purchase the Food
Using the menu planned in First Class requirement 2a, make a list showing a budget and the food amounts needed to feed three or more youth. Secure the ingredients. Using the menu planned in First Class requirement 2a, make a list showing a budget and the food amounts needed to feed three or more youth. Secure the ingredients.
Section 4a - Orienteering
Using a map and compass, complete an orienteering course that covers at least one mile and requires measuring the height and/or width of designated items (tree, tower, canyon, ditch, etc.).
On Aug 27, 2022, I worked on an orienteering course at the Peterson Lake Nature Center Arboretum at the W. C. Johnson Park. Using the Arboretum map provided on the Collierville Park system, I created a path to navigate to some of the tree markers in the park. Using my orienteering compass, I created the following:
Section 8a - Physical Activities
After completing Second Class requirement 7a, be physically active at least 30 minutes each day for five days a week for four weeks. Keep track of your activities.
Section 8b - Physical Activities Challenges
Share your challenges and successes in completing First Class requirement 8a. Set a goal for continuing to include physical activity as part of your daily life.
Being involved in the Collierville Tennis team really helped me to be active. We had a few weeks of intense training that allowed me to be active. One of the biggest challenges was to remain active during rainy days. Another success was being active with church activities - my friends and I played a lot of games in the gym at church.
Section 9a - Constitutional Rights
Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (for example, an elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, or teacher) the constitutional rights and obligations of a U.S. citizen.
Section 9b - Environmental Issue
Investigate an environmental issue affecting your community. Share what you learned about that issue with your patrol or troop. Tell what, if anything, could be done by you or your community to address the concern.
In Collierville, TN, there is a closed battery factory called Smally-Piper that is responsible for leaking battery chemicals into the local water supply. The abandoned factory (closed in 2007) is considered a SuperFund site by the US government to track the management and cleanup of the spills. Due to the steps taken by the EPA and the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC), citizens are no longer in danger of contaminated water.
Section 9c - Recycling Observations
On a Scouting or family outing, take note of the trash and garbage you produce. Before your next similar outing, decide how you can reduce, recycle, or repurpose what you take on that outing, and then put those plans into action. Compare your results.
On our trip to Florida for our annual vacation, I took note of our trash output. There were eleven people that shared a house for a week. The house that we stayed in did have trash and recycling containers. Most of our trash was generated from meals. After each meal, any remaining food scraps were thrown in the trash. Any paper/cardboard, glass, and aluminum cans were washed and added to the recycling bin. Throughout the week, we threw away about fifteen bags of trash. The recycle bin was emptied twice while we were there.
Section 10 - Invite a Friend
Tell someone who is eligible to join Scouts BSA, or an inactive Scout, about your Scouting activities. Invite this person to an outing, activity, service project, or meeting. Provide information on how to join, or encourage the inactive Scout to become active. Share your efforts with your Scoutmaster or other adult leader.
I invited a friend from the neighborhood that was interested in Boy Scouts to a meeting in August 2022. The boy named Brock is considering joining our troop.
Section 11 - Scout Spirit
Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath and Scout Law. Tell how you have done your duty to God and how you have lived four different points of the Scout Law (different from those points used for previous ranks) in your everyday life.
Discussed with Mr. Reynolds during my scoutmaster conference
First Class Sign Offs