Trail to First Class

Counselor Name: Art Carter                                                                    AM Assistant:
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In addition to merit badges, Troop 737 will also offer "Trail to First Class" sessions. These sessions are equivalent to one merit badge session. The following rank requirements will be offered:



-4a: Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.

-4b: Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.

-4c: Using the EDGE method teach another person how to tie the square knot.

-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.

-6: Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.

-11: Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.

-12a: Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.

-12b: 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 and stings of insects and ticks, Venomous snakebite, Nosebleed, and Frostbite and sunburn.



-1a: Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.

-2: Discuss the principles of "Leave No Trace"

-4: Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity. Explain to your leader what respect is due the flag of the United States.

-7a: Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and ingested poisoning.

-7b: Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.

-7c: Demonstrate first aid for the following: Object in the eye, Bite of a suspected rabid animal, Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook, Serious burns (partial thickness, or second degree), Heat exhaustion, Shock, and Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation.


-1: Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass.

-5: Visit and discuss with a selected individual approved by your leader (elected official, judge, attorney, civil servant, principal, teacher) your constitutional rights and obligations as a U.S. citizen.

-7a: Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. Then 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.

-7b: Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.

-8a: Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used.

-8b: Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle. and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone.

-8c: Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person: from a smoke-filled room and with a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards.

-11: Describe the three things you should avoid doing related to use of the Internet. Describe a cyberbully and how you should respond to one.
 In addition to the requirements listed above, we will work on other rank requirements or allow the scout to work on the Fingerprinting merit badge.