Boy Scouts of America

First Class

Camping and Outdoor Ethics
1a Since joining, participate in 10 separate troop/patrol activities, six of which include overnight camping.  These 10 activities do not include troop or patrol meetings.  On at least five of the campouts, spend the night in a tent that you pitch or other structure that you help erect.
1b Explain 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 2nd Class requirement 1b.
2a 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 the current USDA nutritional model and how it meets nutritional needs for the planned activity or campout.
2b Using the menu planned in 1st Class requirement 2a, make a list showing a budget and the food amounts needed to feed three or more boys.  Secure the ingredients.
2c Show which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals.
2d Demonstrate the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products.  Show how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish.
2e On one campout, serve as cook.  Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire.  Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in 1st Class requirement 2a.  Supervise the cleanup.
3a Discuss when you should and should not use lashings.
3b Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch.
3c Demonstrate tying the square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or more poles or staves together.
3d Use lashings to make a useful camp gadget or structure.
4a 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.
4b Demonstrate how to use a handheld GPS unit, app on a smartphone, or other electronic navigation system.  Use GPS to find your current location, a destination of your choice, and the route you will take to get there.  Follow that route to arrive at your destination.
5a Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your local area or campsite location.  You may show evidence by identifying fallen leaves or fallen fruit that you find in the field, or as part of a collection you have made, or by photographs you have taken.
5b Identify two ways to obtain a weather forecast for an upcoming activity.  Explain why weather forecasts are important when planning an event.
5c Describe at least three natural indicators of impending hazardous weather, the potential dangerous events that might result from such conditions, and the appropriate actions to take.
5d Describe extreme weather conditions you might encounter in the outdoors in your local geographic area.  Discuss how you would determine ahead of time the potential risk of these types of weather dangers, alternative planning considerations to avoid such risks, and how you would prepare for and respond to those weather conditions.
6a Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
6b Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
6c Identify the basic parts of a canoe, kayak, or other boat.  Identify the parts of a paddle or an oar.
6d Describe proper body positioning in a watercraft, depending on the type and size of the vessel.  Explain the importance of proper body position in the boat.
6e With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender as  rescuer.  The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.
First Aid and Emergency Preparedness.
7a Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, upper arm, and the collarbone.
7b By yourself and with a partner, show how to transport a person from a smoke-filled room, and transport for at least 25 yards a person with a sprained ankle.
7c Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack.  Explain the steps/procedures in CPR.
7d Tell what utility services exist in your home or meeting place.  Describe potential hazards associated with these utilities and how to respond in emergency situations.
7e Develop an emergency action plan for your home that includes what to do in case of fire, storm, power outage, and water outage.
7f Explain how to obtain potable water in an emergency.