Transatlantic Council has introduced a new patch to "promote and recognize proficiency in basic Scoutcraft skills."
This is a really cool patch that can be worn on the Scout shirt or on the cargo pocket flap of the new pants. The requirements can be worked on by a Scout at any time, so there are no new requirements!
The requirements to earn the patch are:
Complete the following “Scoutcraft-type” requirements from the Tenderfoot Rank:
1. Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
2. On the campout, assist in preparing and cooking one of your patrol's meals. Tell why it is important for each patrol
member to share in meal preparation and cleanup, and explain the importance of eating together.
3. Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
4. Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
5. Explain the rules of safe hiking, both on the highway and cross-country, during the day and at night. Explain what to do if
you are lost.
Complete the following “Scoutcraft-type” requirements from the Second Class Rank:
1. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
2. Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your
parent or guardian.
3. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched.
4. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should
5. Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
6. On one campout, plan and cook over an open fire one hot breakfast or lunch for yourself, selecting foods from the food
pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
Complete the following “Scoutcraft-type” requirements from the First Class Rank:
1. Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.
2. Using a 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.)
3. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of native plants found in your community.
4. Discuss when you should and should not use lashings
5. Demonstrate tying the timber hitch and clove hitch and their use in square, shear, and diagonal lashings by joining two or
more poles or staves together.
6. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.
7. Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.