Boy Scout Rank Requirements
Alternate Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and
First Class Ranks
A Scout who is unable to complete any or all of the requirements for
Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank because he is physically or
mentally disabled may complete alternative requirements if the following
criteria are met:
- The physical or mental disability must be of a permanent rather than a
- A clear and concise medical statement concerning the Scout's disabilities
must be submitted by a physician licensed to practice medicine. In the
alternative, an evaluation statement certified by an educational
administrator may be submitted. The medical statement must state the
doctor's opinion that the Scout cannot complete the requirement(s) because
of a permanent disability.
- The Scout, his parents, or leaders must submit to the council advancement
committee, a written request that the Scout be allowed to complete
alternative requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank.
The request must explain the suggested alternate requirements in sufficient
detail so as to allow the advancement committee to make a decision. The
request must also include the medical statement required in paragraph two
above. The written request for alternate requirements must be submitted to
and approved by the local council prior to completing alternate
- The Scout must complete as many of the regular requirements as his ability
permits before applying for alternate requirements.
- The alternate requirements must be of such a nature that they are as
demanding of effort as the regular requirements.
- When alternate requirements involve physical activity, they must be
approved by the physician.
- The unit leader and any board of review must explain that to attain
Tenderfoot, Second Class, or First Class rank a candidate is expected to do
his best in developing himself to the limit of his resources.
- The written request must be approved by the council advancement committee,
utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in Scouting for
disabled youth. The decision of the council advancement committee should be
recorded and delivered to the Scout and his leader.
All requirements taken from Boy Scout Requirements, #33215E, revised
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