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BSA # 33105 © 1998, Eleventh Edition * First Printing

Tenderfoot rank patchTenderfoot Rank Requirements

(page 33).....Note: Alternate requirements for the Tenderfoot rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book, No. 33215. Note Button

Second Class rank patchSecond Class Rank Requirements

(page 64).....(1b) Using a compass and a map together, take a 5-mile hike (or 10 miles by bike) approved by your adult leader and your parent or guardian.*

*If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute "trip" for "hike."

(page 65).....(7b) Demonstrate your ability to jump feet first 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. * Note Button

*This requirement may be waived by the troop committee for medical or safety reasons.

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The waiver by troop committee has been superceded. Effective in the Boy Scout Requirements 2002 (BSA # 33215E), all alternate requirements for any ranks advancement or merit badge MUST be submitted to the Council advancement committee PRIOR to starting work on the alternate requirement.

(page 65).....Note: Alternate requirements for the Second Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book, No. 33215.

First Class Rank PatchFirst Class Rank Requirements

(page 113).....(9b) Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.* Note Button

*This requirement may be waived by the troop committee for medical or safety reasons..

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The waiver by troop committee has been superceded. Effective in the Boy Scout Requirements 2002 (BSA # 33215E), all alternate requirements for any ranks advancement or merit badge MUST be submitted to the Council advancement committee PRIOR to starting work on the alternate requirement.

(page 113).....(9c) Demonstrate survival skills by leaping into deep water wearing clothes (shoes, socks, swim trunks, long pants, belt, and long-sleeved shirt). Remove shoes and socks, inflate the shirt, and show that you can float using the shirt for support. Remove and inflate the pants for support. Swim 50 feet using the inflated pants for support, then show how to reinflate the pants while using them for support.*

*This requirement may be waived by the troop committee for medical or safety reasons.Note Button

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Requirement 9C and the waiver by troop committee has been superceded. Effective in the Boy Scout Requirements 2002 (BSA # 33215E), the above is no longer a requirement for First Class Rank.

(page 113).....Note: Alternate requirements for the First Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria listed in the Boy Scout Requirements book, No. 33215.

Star Rank patchLife rank patchEagle rank patchEagle Scout Rank Requirements

(page 181).....Note: If you have a permanent physical or mental disability you may become an Eagle Scout by qualifying for as many required merit badges as you can and qualifying for alternative merit badges for the rest. If you seek to become an Eagle Scout under this procedure, you must submit a special application to your local council service center. Your application must be approved by your council advancement committee before you can work on alternative merit badges.

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