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Boy Scout Troop 7 and 125

(973) 377-5214
187 Main St
Madison, NJ 07940 (map)

These are the requirements to lead your way to SILVER EAGLE PALMS! The ranks in order are: Scout, 

  1. A boy who has completed 5th grade, is 11 years old, or has earned the arrow of light, but is under 18 years old.
  2. He has  Completed a Boy Scout application and health history signed by his parent or guardian.
  3. Learn and repeat the pledge of allegiance.
  4. Learn and demonstrate the Scout Sign, Scout Handshake,  Scout Salute, and how to tie a Square Knot.
  5. Understand and agree to live by the Scout Oath or Promise, the Scout Law, the Scout Motto,  the Scout Slogan, and the Outdoor Code.
  6. Describe the Scout Badge.
  7. With your parent or guardian, complete the the exercises in the pamphlet How to Protect Your Children from Child Abuse A Parents Guide. (Usually in the inside front cover)
  8. Turn in your Boy Scout application and health history form signed by your parent or guardian.
  9. Participate in a Scout Master Conference.
Tenderfoot Scout 
  • Present yourself to your leader, properly dressed, before going on an overnight camping trip. Show the camping gear you will use. Show the right way to pack and carry it.
  • Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.
  • Demonstrate that you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.
  • 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.
  • Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.
  • Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.
  • Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.
  • Explain why we use the buddy system in Scouting.
  • Record your best in the following tests:
Current results Pushups _______ Pull-ups _______ Sit-ups _______ Standing long jump (_______ft _______in) 1/4-mile walk/run _______ 30 days later Pushups _______ Pull-ups _______ Sit-ups _______ Standing long jump (_______ft _______in) 1/4-mile walk/run _______
  • Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement  after practicing for 30 days.
  • Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.
  • Demonstrate the Heimlich maneuver and tell when it is used.
  • Show first aid for the following:
  • Simple cuts and scratches
  • Blisters on the hand and foot
  • Minor burns or scalds (first-degree)
  • Bites or stings of insects and ticks
  • Poisonous snakebite
  • Nosebleed
  • Frostbite and sunburn
  • Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  • Complete your board of review.
Second Class,         1 a. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
        1 b. Using a compass and map together, take a five-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.
2. a. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight. 2 b. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched. 2 c. On one campout, demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used. 2 d. Use the tools listed in requirement 2c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire. 2 e. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a light-weight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both. 2 f. Demonstrate how to light a fire and a lightweight stove. 2 g.  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. 3. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity. 4. Participate in an approved (minimum of one hour) service project. 5.  Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community. 6 a.  Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and internal poisoning. 6 b.  Prepare a personal first-aid kit to take with you on a hike. 6 c.  Demonstrate first aid for the following: Object in the eye Bite of a suspected rabid animal Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fish hook Serious burns (second degree) Heat exhaustion Shock Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation 7 a.  Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. 7 b.  Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place. 7 c.  Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim. 8.  Participate in a school, community, or troop program on the dangers of using drugs, alcohol, and tobacco, and other practices that could be harmful to your health. Discuss your participation in the program with your family. 9.  Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. 10.  Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. 11.  Complete your board of review. First Class,  Demonstrate how to find directions during the day and at night without using a compass. 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.). Since joining, have participated in 10 separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), three of which included camping overnight.   Help plan a patrol menu for one campout -- including one breakfast, lunch, and dinner -- that requires cooking. Tell how the menu includes the foods from the food pyramid and meets nutritional needs. Using the menu planned in requirement 4a, make a list showing the cost and food amounts needed to feed three or more boys and secure the ingredients. Tell which pans, utensils, and other gear will be needed to cook and serve these meals. Explain the procedures to follow in the safe handling and storage of fresh meats, dairy products, eggs, vegetables, and other perishable food products. Tell how to properly dispose of camp garbage, cans, plastic containers, and other rubbish. On one campout, serve as your patrol's cook. Supervise your assistant(s) in using a stove or building a cooking fire. Prepare the breakfast, lunch, and dinner planned in requirement 4a. Lead your patrol in saying grace at the meals and supervise cleanup. 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. Identify or show evidence of at least 10 kinds of native plants found in your community.   Discuss when you should and should not use lashings. 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. Use lashing to make a useful camp gadget.   Demonstrate tying the bowline knot and describe several ways it can be used. Demonstrate bandages for a sprained ankle and for injuries on the head, the upper arm, and the collarbone. Show how to transport by yourself, and with one other person, a person: From a smoke-filled room With a sprained ankle, for at least 25 yards Tell the five most common signs of a heart attack. Explain the steps (procedures) in cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR).   Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat. Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.) Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference. Complete your board of review. Star,  1. Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 4 months as a First Class Scout. 2. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. 3. Earn 6 merit badges, including any from the required list for Eagle. Name of Merit Badge ________________________________ (required for Eagle) ________________________________ (required for Eagle) ________________________________ (required for Eagle) ________________________________ ________________________________ 4. While a First Class Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least 6 hours of work.  These projects must be approved by your scoutmaster. 5. While a First Class Scout, serve actively for 4 months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop):   Boy Scout troop Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, or instructor.   Varsity Scout team Captain, cocaptain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow troop representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, or den chief.   6. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. 7. Complete your board of review. Life Scout Be active in your troop and patrol for at least six months as a Star Scout. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Earn five more merit badges (so that you have 11 in all), including any three more from the required list for Eagle. Name of Merit Badge ________________________________ (required for Eagle) ________________________________ (required for Eagle) ________________________________ (required for Eagle) ________________________________ ________________________________ A Scout may choose any of the 15 required merit badges in the 12 categories to fulfill this requirement. See the Eagle rank requirements for a complete list of required badges for Eagle. While a Star Scout, take part in service projects totaling at least six hours of work. These projects must be approved by your Scoutmaster. While a Star Scout, serve actively for six months in one or more of the troop positions of responsibility listed in requirement 5 for Star Scout (or carry out a Scoutmaster-assigned leadership project to help the troop). Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. Complete your board of review. Eagle Scout  Be active in your troop and patrol for at least six months as a Life Scout. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Earn a total of 21 merit badges (10 more than you already have), including the following: First Aid, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Personal Fitness, Emergency Preparedness OR Lifesaving, Environmental Science, Personal Management, Swimming OR Hiking OR Cycling, Camping, and Family Life. Name of Merit Badge ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ ________________________________ While a Life Scout, serve actively for a period of six months in one or more of the following positions of responsibility: Boy Scout troop Patrol leader, assistant senior patrol leader, senior patrol leader, troop guide, Order of the Arrow troop representative, den chief, scribe, librarian, historian, quartermaster, junior assistant Scoutmaster, chaplain aide, or instructor.   Varsity Scout team Captain, cocaptain, program manager, squad leader, team secretary, Order of the Arrow troop representative, librarian, historian, quartermaster, chaplain aide, instructor, or den chief. While a Life Scout, plan, develop, and give leadership to others in a service project helpful to any religious institution, any school, or your community. (The project should benefit an organization other than Boy Scouting.) The project idea must be approved by the organization benefiting from the effort, your Scoutmaster and troop committee, and the council or district before you start. You must use the Eagle Scout Leadership Service Project Workbook, BSA publication No. 18-927B, in meeting this requirement. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. Successfully complete an Eagle Scout board of review. Bronze Palm Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability. Earn 5 additional merit badges beyond those required for the Eagle rank.     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)       ______________________________________ (merit badge) 5. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. 6. Complete your board of review. Gold Palm  Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability. Earn 5 additional merit badges beyond those required for the Eagle rank.     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)       ______________________________________ (merit badge) 5. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. 6. Complete your board of review. Silver  Palm Be active in your troop and patrol for at least 3 months after becoming an Eagle Scout. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Make a satisfactory effort to develop and demonstrate leadership ability. Earn 5 additional merit badges beyond those required for the Eagle rank.     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)     ______________________________________ (merit badge)       ______________________________________ (merit badge) 5. Take part in a Scoutmaster conference. 6. Complete your board of review.