The Woodsman rank is earned by typically second year Scouts, but can be earned by any Scout under the age of 21 who has already earned the Camper rank.  The rank can be earned at any long-term Scouts BSA Summer Camp.

Rank Requirements

1. Understand and demonstrate the principles and high standards of Firecrafter in personal attitude and example, showing respect for your fellow campers and your environment.

2. Using proper woodsman's tools and two matches, build a fire from natural materials. Set the fire to burn for 15 minutes without additional wood or alteration.

3. Whip the end of a rope. Tie and explain the uses of the square knot, bowline, taut-line hitch, bowline-on-a-bight, sheet bend, timber hitch, sheep shank, two half hitches, clove hitch, and lark's head.

4. Demonstrate the proper sharpening, care, and transportation of the knife and axe. 

5. Demonstrate proper methods in the use of woodsman's tools, use dovetail notches to make a useful camp gadget.

6. Repeat from memory the Outdoor Code and explain its meaning in your own words.

7. Nature:

   A. Identify five edible plants in the field and explain in detail their preparation.

   B. Identify and name five trees in the field.

   C. Identify and name, by sight or sign, five wild animals.

8. Demonstrate proficiency in first aid by showing the proper treatment of minor wounds and injuries, bandages, used to hold dressings in place, handling of "hurry cases" and general procedures for all first aid cases.

9. In the outdoors, cook a simple meal without utensil. The meal must include one raw meat one raw vegetable, and a bread prepared from scratch. Demonstrate proper fire safety methods and leave the cooking site clean.

10. Complete leadership responsibility while in camp by assisting scouts to advance.

11. Do two hours of service above what is normally expected.

12. Read the requirements for the rank of Firecrafter.

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