The Three R's of Youth Protection

The "Three R's" of Youth Protection convey a simple message to youth members:

  • Recognize situations that place you at risk of being molested, how child molesters operate, and that anyone could be a molester.
  • Resist unwanted an inappropriate attention. Resistance will stop most attempts at molestation.
  • Report attempted or actual molestation to a parent or other trusted adult. This prevents further abuse and helps to protect other children. Let the Scout know he or she will not be blamed for what occurred.

Dutch Oven Mountain Man Breakfast

Cooking this meal can complete requirements for the Cooking Merit Badge along with your rank advancements.

This is a favorite for my scouts on camp-outs.  Needless to say, we do not make this while backpacking.


  • 1 pound pork sausage

  • 1 onion - chopped

  • 1 green bell pepper - chopped

  • 1 red bell pepper - chopped

  • 1 clove garlic - Minced

  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen / shredded hash-browns

  • 12 eggs - beaten

  • 1 pound cheese - shredded


  1. Build a campfire and allow the fire to burn until it has accumulated a bed of coals. Or use charcoal briquettes.

  2. Cook and stir the sausage, onion, and garlic in a 12-inch cast iron Dutch oven with lid, raised over the coals to medium-high heat, until the sausage is no longer pink and the onion is tender. Stir in the red bell pepper, green bell pepper, and hash brown potatoes until evenly mixed. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the hash browns are hot and the peppers are tender, about 15 minutes.

  3. Pour the beaten eggs evenly over the top of the potatoes, allowing them to sink into the potatoes. Cover the Dutch oven, and place 6 to 9 coals underneath, and 12 to 18 on top. Allow to bake until the eggs are firm, about 40 minutes. Sprinkle with Cheddar cheese, cover, and continue cooking until the cheese has melted, about 5 minutes.

Servings: 12.... 'ish (scouts are always hungry!)

Total prep and cook time: 1.5 hours

Budget: (full price) $17.00  - $1.42/serving

Leave No Trace

Req #2 - Second Class

As Scouts we must always take care of our natural resources.  One simple rule that I have for my Boy Scouts is that we make our campsite cleaner and better than we found it.  Doing this will preserve the natural beauty of where we camp.  Raise your hand if you want to camp in a spot that is full of trash and where people have not properly burried their human waste... not I!  Use these simple bullet points as reminders of how to Leave No Trace in the wilderness.

  • Plan Ahead and Prepare
  • Travel and Camp on Durable Surfaces
  • Dispose of Waste Properly (Pack It In, Pack It Out)
  • Leave What You Find
  • Minimize Campfire Impacts
  • Respect Wildlife
  • Be Considerate of Other Visitors

Friend to Jack?....

There are a few snakes who have very similar markings, yet one is poisonous.  Can you tell the difference between them?...
The Coral Snake is the one out of this bunch that is poisonous.  It ranges from Florida to North Carolina, the lower Mississippi valley, and Texas.  It is a small, slender, and brilliantly colored snake with bright yellow bands.  It is mostly a nocturnal snake that spends most of it's time underground during the day and hunting for food at night.  It is seldom seen for this reason.  According to the American National Institutes of Health, there are an average of 15–25 coral snake bites in the United States each year.

There is a little phrase that can help you remember which is poisonous, and which will just give you a nasty bite. "Red on Black... Friend to Jack. Red on Yellow... KILLS a Fellow." 

 Note:  There are a few species of Coral Snakes that have Black on Red... get to know what species are in your area, and know what to do when you encounter them.

Scarlet Snake

Coral Snake
King Snake
Milk Snake

Personal First-Aid Kits





, each Scout should take with them the

Basic Essentials

.  This includes a

Personal First Aid Kit

.  Your

Personal First Aid Kit

will be able to take care of minor injuries, blisters, and scrapes.  Your patrol will want to prepare

a larger one for the Troop to take care of illnesses and injuries.  All members of the Patrol should know where to quickly access the Troop First Aid Kit.  An old zip up camera case works great to hold all the items of your Personal First Aid Kit.  You can usually find one at the local thrift store for about $0.25.

The following should be included in your

Personal First Aid Kit


(Printable Version)

  • 6 adhesive bandages
  • 2 sterile, 3 X 3 inch gauze pads
  • A small roll of adhesive tape
  • A 3 X 6 inch piece of moleskin
  • A small bar of soap or small bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizing gel
  • A small tube of triple antibiotic ointment
  • Scissors
  • Disposable non-latex gloves
  • CPR breathing barrier
  • Pencil and Paper

An old camera case work great to hold all items for your

Personal First Aid Kit


Second Class Scout Rank

    1. Demonstrate how a compass works and how to orient a map. Explain what map symbols mean.
    2. 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.*
  1. Discuss the principles of "Leave No Trace"
    1. Since joining, have participated in five separate troop/patrol activities (other than troop/patrol meetings), two of which included camping overnight.
    2. On one of these campouts, select your patrol site and sleep in a tent that you pitched. Explain what factors you should consider when choosing a patrol site and where to pitch a tent.
    3. Demonstrate proper care, sharpening, and use of the knife, saw, and ax, and describe when they should be used.
    4. Use the tools listed in requirement 3c to prepare tinder, kindling, and fuel for a cooking fire.
    5. Discuss when it is appropriate to use a cooking fire and a lightweight stove. Discuss the safety procedures for using both..
    6. In an approved place and at an approved time, demonstrate how to build a fire and set up a lightweight stove. Note: Lighting the fire is not required.
    7. On one campout, plan and cook one hot breakfast or lunch, selecting foods from the food pyramid. Explain the importance of good nutrition. Tell how to transport, store, and prepare the foods you selected.
  2. Participate in a flag ceremony for your school, religious institution, chartered organization, community, or troop activity. Explain to your leader what respect is due the flag of the United States.
  3. Participate in approved (minimum of one hour) service project(s).
  4. Identify or show evidence of at least ten kinds of wild animals (birds, mammals, reptiles, fish, mollusks) found in your community.
    1. Show what to do for "hurry" cases of stopped breathing, serious bleeding, and ingested poisoning.
    2. Prepare a personal first aid kit to take with you on a hike.
    3. Demonstrate first aid for the following:
      • Object in the eye
      • Bite of a suspected rabid animal
      • Puncture wounds from a splinter, nail, and fishhook
      • Serious burns (partial thickness, or second degree)
      • Heat exhaustion
      • Shock
      • Heatstroke, dehydration, hypothermia, and hyperventilation
    1. Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
    2. 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.
    3. 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.
    1. 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, and explain the dangers of substance addictions.
    2. Explain the three R's of personal safety and protection.
  5. Earn an amount of money agreed upon by you and your parent, then save at least 50 percent of that money.
  6. Demonstrate scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples (different from those used for Tenderfoot requirement 13) of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.
  7. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.
  8. Complete your board of review.
* If you use a wheelchair or crutches, or if it is difficult for you to get around, you may substitute "trip" for "hike" in requirement 1b.
* Alternative Requirements for the Second Class rank are available for Scouts with physical or mental disabilities if they meet the criteria list.