How To Tie A Double Half Hitch

How To Tie A Double Half Hitch

The two half-hitches is a type of knot, specifically a binding knot or hitch knot. It consists of an overhand knot tied around a post, followed by a half-hitch. Equivalently, it consists of a half-turn around a post followed by a clove hitch of the running end around the standing part.

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Tenderfoot Award Ceremony

Leader: I now call ________ and his parents to come forward. (Repeat for each tenderfoot scout)

Leader: These scouts have completed the requirements for the rank of Tenderfoot.

Leader: Since you first joined this Troop, you have said the words of the Scout Oath many times. You have learned many skills which will serve you well as you travel on your boy scout trail to become an Eagle Scout. You have learned some basic first aid skills and to tie knots and you have improved your physical fitness. But these skills are only the beginning. As you advance into other ranks, you will learn more knots, more first aid skills, how to use a compass, how to cook, and most importantly how to lead others. The activities you participate in will become more challenging and more rewarding.

When you passed your Board of Review, you became a Tenderfoot scout. I now present to you your rank advancement card which documents this achievement. Keep this cards, and all other cards you receive in Scouting, in a safe place. As you advance in Scouting, these are very important in documenting your achievements. When you submit your Eagle application or if you move to a new location, you will need these cards.

I am also presenting you with your Tenderfoot badge. This announces to the world that you have reached the first advancement level in Boy Scouts and you are on your way along the path of scouting.

Finally, you are given a small pin to pass on to your parent as a keepsake of this step you've taken towards becoming an independent young man, able to take care of himself and help others.

(Pass out badges, pins, and cards. Give scout handsake to each scout.)

Leader: Troop ____, please stand.

Leader: Troop, join me in congratulating these fine scouts on their advancement to Tenderfoot rank! (lead applause)


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

Tenderfoot 12b - Frostbite and Sunburn

Being a scout, you will need to brave the elements while camping or hiking.  Your skin, if exposed to the elements, may be in danger of getting frostbite or sunburned.   And yes, you are able to get sunburned in the winter.  The best thing to do is make sure that your skin is protected.

For sunburns make sure to apply sunscreen to all exposed skin.  You could also wear a hat, long sleeve shirts and pants will greatly lower the chances of getting a sunburn.

To protect yourself from frostbite, dress warm.  Wearing gloves, stocking caps, and scarves will helped against the cold.  If your feet are the problem, double up on the wool socks.

The following is what you should do if you have been sunburned or have frostbite.


  • Seek Medical Care Promptly
    • See a doctor or go to a hospital emergency room
  • Restore Warmth
    • Get to a warm place
    • Unless absolutely necessary, do not walk on frostbitten toes or feet
    • Gently warm the area with warm water  Using too warm water will actually be very painful on the affected area.
    • If no warm water is available, breath on the area through cupped hands and hold close to your body
    • Do not use direct heat from heating pads or from the fire
    • Do not rub your hands together to make warm... your skin will actually rub off!
  • Bandage The Area
    • Apply dry, sterile dressings and do not break any blisters


  • Take a cool bath or shower
    • You can also apply a clean towel dampened with cool water
  • Leave Blisters intact
    • Popping them will increase your chance of infection
  • Drink plenty of Water
    • Fight the burn from the inside out.  Your skin is damaged and dry. Keeping hydrated will help your body heal itself with your sunburn.
  • Keep the affected are out of the sun
  • If needed, take a couple of Tylenol to help with the pain and headache associated with the sunburn.
  • Do not use any cream that contains oil! Doing so will only trap in the heat from your sunburn and cause it to become worse.
Remember, the best practice is to be prepared and prevent any frostbite and sunburn issues before they even start.  Dress smart and appropriate for the weather condition as you are hiking or camping.

First Aid - Nose Bleed

How to care for a Nosebleed
Tenderfoot Requirement 12b.
  • Sit upright and lean forward. By remaining upright, you reduce blood pressure in the veins of your nose. This discourages further bleeding. Sitting forward will help you avoid swallowing blood, which can irritate your stomach.

  • Pinch your nose. Use your thumb and index finger to pinch your nostrils shut. Breathe through your mouth. Continue to pinch for five to 10 minutes. Pinching sends pressure to the bleeding point on the nasal septum and often stops the flow of blood.

  • To prevent re-bleeding, don't pick or blow your nose and don't bend down for several hours after the bleeding episode. During this time remember to keep your head higher than the level of your heart.

  • If re-bleeding occurs, blow out forcefully to clear your nose of blood clots and spray both sides of your nose with a decongestant nasal spray containing oxymetazoline (Afrin, Mucinex Moisture Smart, others). Pinch your nose again as described above and call your doctor.

  • Seek medical care immediately if the bleeding lasts for more than 20 minutes, the nosebleed follows an accident, a fall or an injury to your head, including a punch in the face that may have broken your nose.

  • Contact your doctor if you experience frequent nosebleeds. You may need a blood vessel cauterized. Cautery is a technique in which the blood vessel is burned with electric current, silver nitrate or a laser. Your doctor may pack your nose with special gauze or an inflatable latex balloon to put pressure on the blood vessel and stop the bleeding. You're experiencing nasal bleeding and are taking blood thinners, such as aspirin or warfarin (Coumadin). Your doctor may advise adjusting your medication dosage.

Basic First Aid: Minor Cuts and Scrapes

Minor cuts and scrapes are bound to happen to all Scouts... even Leaders.  Knowing how to care for minor cuts and scrapes will help prevent against infections.
The following are some steps to take with minor cuts and scrapes:

  1. Stop the Bleeding - Most minor cuts stop bleeding on their own.  In the case that you can not stop the bleeding, apply pressure to the wound with a clean cloth or bandage for 10 - 20 minutes.  If the cut is 1/4 inch or deeper and muscle is showing, apply pressure and get medical attention for stitches. 
  2. Clean the Wound - Wash the wound with clean water and soap.
  3. Apply Triple Antibiotic Ointment - The use of triple antibiotic helps your wound from not becoming infected.
  4. Cover the Wound - Bandages can help keep the wound clean and keep harmful bacteria out. After the wound has healed enough to make infection unlikely, exposure to the air will speed wound healing.
  5. Change the Dressing - Change the dressing at least daily or whenever it becomes wet or dirty.

Tenderfoot Requirement 3

There is one thing that tends to bring everyone together... Food!  You will find that your fellow patrol members are your brothers.  You will create amazing bonds with the members of your patrol and troop.  Some of my fondest memories of camping are those of cooking...sitting around the campfire after a full day of hiking and canoeing with a big bowl of blackberry cobbler

telling campfire stories under the stars.  Those memories will stay with me forever.  As you live the Scout Law, you are able to be Helpful and Clean in the kitchen when it comes to food prep, cooking, and clean up.  There will be a great camaraderie within your troop and patrols when all members do their duty and part when it comes time to participate with meals and the cleanup of the meals... plus the Scoutmaster will thank you for doing your part in keeping animals out of camp! 
Note: If you do see a lone scout eating... sit down next to him with your meal and start a conversation.  We all want to feel included.

13th point of the Scout Law:  A Scout is Hungry!
1 Person Mess Kit - Pack this for all Campouts

The Scout Basic Essentials

When going on outings, there are always a few items that you will ALWAYS want to take with you.  These items are called "Essentials". Taking these items will help make an awesome camping or hiking experience.

Scout Basic Essentials:

  • Pocketknife
  • Personal First Aid Kit
  • Extra Clothing
  • Rain Gear (always take a rain poncho!)
  • Water bottle
  • Flashlight
  • Trail Food
  • Matches and fire starters
  • Sun Protection
  • Map and Compass 

Tenderfoot Requirement 1

As a Scoutmaster, there have been many times when scouts show up unprepared for the overnight campout.  My personal favorite is the scout who shows up for a 5 mile hike with two gym bags, one on each shoulder, and a cot... its going to be a long hike!  If ye are prepared.... Ye shall have an awesome time camping!

When preparing for any campout, pack the following:

  • The Scout Basic Essentials
  • Clothing appropriate for the season and the weather
  • Food for the trip (limit the sodas and candy!)
  • Personal camping gear:
    • Backpack with rain cover
  • Sleeping Gear
    • Sleeping bag
    • Sleeping pad
    • Ground Cloth
  • Eating Kit
    • Spork
    • Plate
    • Bowl
    • Cup
  • Cleaning Kit
    • Soap
    • Toothbrush
    • Toothpaste
    • Dental Floss
    • Comb
    • Small Towel
  • Optional Person Items
    • Watch
    • Camera
    • Pencil or Pen
    • Small notebook
    • Swimsuit (if water activity is planned)


1.  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.

2.  Spend at least one night on a patrol or troop campout. Sleep in a tent you have helped pitch.

3.  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.

4a.  Demonstrate how to whip and fuse the ends of a rope.

4b.  Demonstrate you know how to tie the following knots and tell what their uses are: two half hitches and the taut-line hitch.

4c.  Using the EDGE method, teach another person how to tie the square knot.

5.  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.

6.  Demonstrate how to display, raise, lower, and fold the American flag.

7.  Repeat from memory and explain in your own words the Scout Oath, Law, motto, and slogan.

8.  Know your patrol name, give the patrol yell, and describe your patrol flag.

9.  Explain the importance of the buddy system as it relates to your personal safety on outings and in your neighborhood. Describe what a bully is and how you should respond to one.

10a.  Record your best in the following tests:
Standing long jump
1/4 mile walk/run

10b.  Show improvement in the activities listed in requirement 10a after practicing for 30 days.

11.  Identify local poisonous plants; tell how to treat for exposure to them.

12a.  Demonstrate how to care for someone who is choking.

12b.  Show first aid for the following:
Simple cuts and scrapes
Blisters on the hand and foot
Minor (thermal/heat) burns or scalds (superficial, or first degree)
Bites and stings of insects and ticks
Venomous snakebite
Frostbite and sunburn

13. Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. Discuss four specific examples of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life.

14. Participate in a Scoutmaster conference.

15. Complete your board of review.