Physical Fitness

Start working on Requirement 6 and 8

6a. Record your best in the following tests:

  • Pushups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
  • Situps or curl-ups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
  • Back-saver sit-and-reach (Record the distance stretched.)
  • 1-mile walk/run (Record the time.)

6b. Develop and describe a plan for improvement in each of the activities listed in Tenderfoot requirement

  • 6a. Keep track of your activity for at least 30 days.
  • 6c. Show improvement (of any degree) in each activity listed in Tenderfoot requirement 6a after practicing for 30 days.
  • Pushups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
  • • Situps or curl-ups (Record the number done correctly in 60 seconds.)
  • Back-saver sit-and-reach (Record the distance stretched.)
  • 1-mile walk/run (Record the time.)
    8. Describe the steps in Scouting’s Teaching EDGE method. Use the
    Teaching EDGE method to teach another person how to tie the
    square knot.


Aaron on Scouting:

Here’s a simple way of setting up a dining fly in an open field

A dining fly is one of the first structures you should put up at camp. But what if you’re in an area away from trees, how do you secure one?

For the next couple of weeks, we’ll be sharing some camp hacks that the BSA’s national camping subcommittee has shared with us. This week’s tip involves how to set up a dining fly. Special thanks to Larry Green for the tips and text below.

In the Camping merit badge pamphlet, under the “Managing Your Campsite” section, it reads, “Set up a dining fly first. That will provide shelter for food and you in case of rain, and will give a sense of where you will center most of your camp activities.”

It’s a regular practice that the dining fly is the first thing to go up and the last thing to come down. Here’s one simple way for a patrol to set up their fly when there are no trees for the ridge line.

  1. Layout the tarp and attach a guyline to each corner with two half-hitches or a bowline.
  2. Pound in stakes five feet away and at a 45-degree angle from each corner of the tarp.
  3. Apply a taut-line hitch between the stakes and the tarp’s corner grommets.
  4. On each side, join two Scout staves together with two round lashings for the upright poles.
  5. Secure a ridge line to the upright poles with a series of half hitches.
  6. With the ends of the ridge line attached to their stakes, the tarp is raised and tension on the guylines is adjusted.

Watch these videos for techniques and tips below.


More Resources:

Put up a dining fly:

Round Lashing:

Half Hitch:

Taut-Line (rolling) hitch:

Our First Camping Trip

—————– COOKING ——————–
5. Camp cooking. Do the following:
(a) Using the MyPlate food guide or the current USDA nutrition model, plan five meals for your patrol (or a similar size group of up to eight youth, including you) for a camping trip. Your menus should include enough food for each person, keeping in mind any special needs (such as food allergies) and how you keep your foods safe and free from cross-contamination. These five meals must include at least one breakfast, one lunch, one dinner, AND at least one snack OR one dessert. List the equipment and utensils needed to prepare and serve these meals.
(b) Find or create recipes for at least three meals, a dessert and a snack. Adjust menu items in the recipes for the number to be served. Create a shopping list and budget to determine the per-person cost.
(c) Share and discuss your meal plan and shopping list with your counselor.

—————– CAMPING ——————–
4. Do the following:
(a) Make a duty roster showing how your patrol is organized for an actual overnight campout. List assignments for each member.
(b) Help a Scout patrol or a Webelos Scout unit in your area prepare for an actual campout, including creating the duty roster, menu planning, equipment needs, general planning, and setting up camp
5. Do the following:
(a) Prepare a list of clothing you would need for overnight campouts in both warm and cold weather. Explain the term “layering.”
(b) Discuss footwear for different kinds of weather and how the right footwear is important for protecting your feet.
7. Prepare for an overnight campout with your patrol by doing the following:
(a) Make a checklist of personal and patrol gear that will be needed.
(b) Pack your own gear and your share of the patrol equipment and food for proper carrying. Show that your pack is right for quickly getting what is needed first, and that it has been assembled properly for comfort, weight, balance, size, and neatness.


1a. Present yourself to your leader, prepared for an overnight
camping trip. Show the personal and camping gear you will
use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
1b. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in
a tent you have helped pitch.
1c. Tell how you practiced the Outdoor Code on a campout or outing.
2a. On the campout, assist in preparing one of the meals. Tell
why it is important for each patrol member to share in meal
preparation and cleanup.
2b. While on a campout, demonstrate the appropriate method of
safely cleaning items used to prepare, serve, and eat a meal.
2c. Explain the importance of eating together as a patrol.

5a. Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to
your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood.
Use the buddy system while on a troop or patrol outing.

5b. Describe what to do if you become lost on a hike or campout.
5c. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-
country, during the day and at night

First Aid & Our Environment

a. Show first aid for the following:
• Simple cuts and scrapes
• Blisters on the hand and foot
• Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial,
or first-degree)
• Bites or stings of insects and ticks
• Venomous snakebite
• Nosebleed
• Frostbite and sunburn
• Choking
4b. Describe common poisonous or hazardous plants; identify any
that grow in your local area or campsite location. Tell how to
treat for exposure to them.
4c. Tell what you can do while on a campout or other outdoor
activity to prevent or reduce the occurrence of injuries or
exposure listed in Tenderfoot requirements 4a and 4b.
4d. Assemble a personal first-aid kit to carry with you on future
campouts and hikes. Tell how each item in the kit would be used.

Using Tools & Fire


3d. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife,
saw, and ax. Describe when each should be used

Totin Chip

This certification grants a Scout the right to carry and use woods tools. The Scout must show their Scout leader, or someone designated by their leader, that the Scout understands their responsibility to do the following:

  1. Read and understand woods tools use and safety rules from the Scouts BSA handbooks.
  2. Demonstrate proper handling, care, and use of the pocketknife, ax, and saw.
  3. Use knife, ax, and saw as tools, not playthings.
  4. Respect all safety rules to protect others.
  5. Respect property. Cut living and dead trees only with permission and good reason.
  6. Subscribe to the Outdoor Code.

The Scout’s “Totin’ Rights” can be taken away if they fail in their responsibility.

Firem’n Chip

This certification grants a Scout the right to carry fire-lighting devices (matches, lighters, etc.) to build campfires. The Scout must show their Scout leader, or someone designated by their leader, an understanding of the responsibility to do the following:

  1. I have read and understand use and safety rules from the Scouts BSA Handbook.
  2. I will build a campfire only when necessary and when I have the necessary permits (regulations vary by locality).
  3. I will minimize campfire impacts or use existing fire lays consistent with the principles of Leave No Trace. I will check to see that all flammable material is cleared at least 5 feet in all directions from fire (total 10 feet).
  4. I will safely use and store fire-starting materials.
  5. I will see that fire is attended to at all times.
  6. I will make sure that water and/or a shovel is readily available. I will promptly report any wildfire to the proper authorities.
  7. I will use the cold-out test to make sure the fire is cold out and will make sure the fire lay is cleaned before I leave it.
  8. I follow the Outdoor Code, the Guide to Safe Scouting, and the principles of Leave No Trace and Tread Lightly!

The Scout’s “Firem’n Rights” can be taken away if they fail in their responsibility.