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Boy Scout Handbook General Information

This is a quick study resource for all foundational Boy Scout information such as the Scout Law, Oath, Motto, descriptions of the Scout symbol, etc.
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What is the Scout Oath or Promise
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong,
mentally awake, and morally straight.
What is the Scout Law
A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.
What is the Scout Motto
Be Prepared.
What is the Scout Slogan
Do a Good Turn Daily.
What is the Outdoor Code
As an American, I will do my best to
Be clean in my outdoor manners,
Be careful with fire,
Be considerate in the outdoors, and
Be conservation-minded.
Known as a joining knot, this knot can join together two ropes and is the first knot Boy Scouts learn when they join the BSA. Remember: right over left, left over right.
Square Knot
Shaped like the north point on an old compass, the design of this resembles an arrowhead or a trefoil - a flower with three leaves. It is also known by the French name fleur-de-lis, which means lily or iris flower.
Scout Badge
What do the three points of the trefoil stand for on the Scout Badge?
The Three Parts of the Scout Oath: 1 - Duty to God & Country: To do my duty to God and my country and to obey the scout law; 2 - Duty to Other People: To help other people at all times; and 3 - Duty to Self: To keep myself Physically Strong, Mentally Awake & Morally Straight
What do the eagle and shield stand for on the Scout Badge?
Freedom & a Scouts Readiness to Defend that Freedom
What do the two stars on the Trefoil of the Scout Badge stand for?
Truth & Knowledge
On the Scout Badge, the scroll bearing the Scout Motto is turned up at the ends as a reminder of what?
Smile
On the Scout Badge, the knot at the bottom of the scroll represents what?
Scout Slogan
What are the 6 Official Ranks of Boy Scouting
Tenderfoot, Second Class, First Class, Star, Life, Eagle Scout
What are Three Tests of a Good Knot
1. It should be easy to tie.
2. It should stay tied.
3. It should be easy to untie.
A knot that ties a rope to something. Friction caused by the wraps of the rope holds it in place.
A Hitch
A permanent way of preventing a natural rope from fraying at the ends.
Whipping
A permanent way of preventing synthetic rope like plastic or nylon from fraying.
Fusing
Tie a Two Half Hitches Knot
Check your book, the image displayed on Quizlet, or confirm with another Scout or Scoutmaster to check your work.
Tie a Taut-Line Hitch
Check your book, the image displayed on Quizlet, or confirm with another Scout or Scoutmaster to check your work.
What is the STOP principle?
The four (4) steps to take if you are lost:
Stay Calm
Think
Observe
Plan
Describe the 1st step in the STOP principle (Stay Calm)
Stay Calm - Sit down and have a sip of water and a bite of food. If you are cold, put on a jacket or sweater. Breathe slowly and steadily.
Describe the 2nd step in the STOP principle (Think)
Think - Try to remember how you got where you are. Get out your map and see what you can learn from the symbols and contour lines.
Describe the 3rd step in the STOP principle (Observe)
Observe - Look for your footprints in loose and muddy earth or in the snow. Look around for landmarks that might give clues about your location.
Describe the 4th step in the STOP principle (Plan)
Plan - If you are fairly sure of a route that will take you to a known location, move carefully. If you have a compass, use it to set a bearing in the direction of your destination. In case you need to find your way back, mark your route well with broken branches, piles of stones, or whatever else is handy.
The symbol of America, it stands for the past, present and future of our country. It represents our land, our people, and our many ways of life.
The United States Flag
The effort you make to live up to the ideals of Scouting. The Oath, Law, Motto, and slogan serve as everyday guidelines for a good life.
Scout Spirit
Define Trustworthy
Meaning of Scout Law: A scout tells the truth. He is honest, and he keeps his promises. People can depend on him.
Define Loyal
Meaning of Scout Law: A scout is true to his family, friends, Scout leaders, school and nation.
Define Helpful
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout cares about other people. He willingly volunteers to help others without expecting payment or reward.
Define Friendly
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout is a friend to all. He is a brother to other Scouts. He offers his friendship to people of all races and nations, and respects them even if their beliefs and customs are different from his own.
Define Courteous
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position. He knows that using good manners makes it easier for people to get along.
Define Kind
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout knows there is strength in being gentle. He treats others as he wants to be treated. Without good reason, he does not harm or kill any living thing.
Define Obedient
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout follows the rules of his family, school and troop. He obeys the laws of his community and country. If he thinks these rules are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobeying them.
Define Cheerful
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout looks for the bright side of life. He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
Define Thrifty
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout works to pay his way and to help others. He saves for the future. He protects and conserves natural resources. He carefully uses time and property.
Define Brave
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout can face danger although he is afraid. He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at him or threaten him.
Define Clean
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout keeps his body and mind fit. He chooses the company of those who live by high standards. He helps keep his home and community clean.
Define Reverent
Meaning of Scout Law: A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He respects the beliefs of others.
A common poisonous plant in the United States. Oily sap in the leaves, stems, and roots can irritate your skin and cause it to itch.
Poison Ivy
A common poisonous plant in the United States. Oily sap in the leaves, stems, and roots can irritate your skin and cause it to itch.
Poison Oak
A common poisonous plant in the United States. Oily sap in the leaves, stems, and roots can irritate your skin and cause it to itch.
Poison Sumac
What are the Three (3) R's of Personal Safety
1. Recognize that anyone could be a child molester.
2. Resist advances made by child molesters to avoid being molested.
3. Report any molestation or attempted molestation to parents or other trusted adults.
Which knot used to drag a log across the ground.
Timber Hitch
Which knot is useful for starting lashings, weak binding, securing lines running along a series of posts.
Clove Hitch
Which knot is useful for making a fixed loop in the end of a rope, this knot is considered one of the most useful to know.
Bowline Knot