Proficiency Skills First Class Rank



These activities are to be preformed by the scout only.  No outside interference, assistance or coaching is permitted at any point.  The scout is give a reasonable amount of time to perform each activity based on the complexity of the task.  Excessive use of time in completing these tasks will be noted and communicated to the Board of Review. The idea is to determine if the scout has learned the skill prior to taking the Skills Test.



Proficiency skills required to advance to the rank of First Class

  • Light a fire (specifically: In the woods, under any condition, with 5 wooden kitchen matches maximum).

  • Be able perform 6 of these knots:

    • Square knot

    • Two-half hitches

    • Clove hitch

    • Sheet bend

    • Taut-line hitch

    • Bow-line

    • Sheep-shank

    • Timber Hitch

  • Demonstrate:

    • Square lashing

    • Tripod lashing

  • Demonstrate that you can plan a menu (of well-balance meals) for a campout and list those items you would need to take on the campout to be able to prepare all the meals you have planned.

If planned for ahead of time with the leaders, certain skills can be demonstrated during a camping trip.



The road to Eagle Scout is meant to challenge each scout. While there are choices a scout can make in ones selection of merit badges, special awards and projects, there is no flexibility with respect to the skills listed for advancement within the Boy Scout Handbook. These skills are required. When a candidate for Eagle Scout has mastered the skills required for Eagle Scout and passed that knowledge onto other scout, they will be ready to wear the Eagle metal with pride.


This page last modified: February 11, 2008