Scout Spirit

Download Scout Spirit Form Scout Spirit – Self Evaluation

Scout Spirit Goals

National scouting says “Scout spirit applies to how a Scout lives and conducts his daily life. He shows Scout spirit by being a role model to his peers, living by the Scout Oath and Law. The outcome of Scout spirit is to help bring out the best in others as a reflection of a Scout’s own character and attitude in his daily life.

Scout spirit is the essence of scouting. Earning rank advancements and merit badges are important, but scout spirit goes way beyond that. “Scout Spirit” embodies the essence of what a true scout is made of.

If you look in your Boy Scout Handbook at the rank requirements, most of them are pretty straight forward – demonstrate first aid for serious burns, tie a bowline, earn 6 merit badges, etc. However, beginning with the Tenderfoot rank there is an added, more indefinite requirement: Show Scout Spirit.

The first thing you need to understand about Scout Spirit is that even though the requirement looks the same for each rank, it’s really different – Scout Spirit for Life Scout is very different (and much harder) than Scout Spirit for Second Class. You’ll discover that the Scoutmaster will only sign you off for one “Scout Spirit” requirement at a time in your handbook, because each one is harder than the next. The other thing that you will notice is that unlike almost all the other requirements, you can never convince a Scoutmaster to sign off the Scout Spirit requirement on the spot. Tie a bowline, and he’ll sign that off; show him your merit badge card and he’ll sign off that requirement for Star, but he’ll never just up and sign off Scout Spirit. That’s because you must demonstrate Scout Spirit in your everyday life, not in the five minutes you’re talking to the Scoutmaster. What happens is that at meetings and especially on campouts, the Scoutmasters are like Santa Claus – the have many eyes watching you, to see when you are naughty or n should be shown at all times, and generally this requirement is one of the last ones to be signed off for any rank.

Scoutmasters will want to see appropriate Scout Spirit for some period of time before they sign off the requirement. For Second Class that may only be for a campout and the last few meetings, but for Eagle it will be for several months.

What are they looking for? Below are just a few of the things we look for. By the way, we expect Scouts to not only follow the items listed for that rank, but also all the items for the previous ranks. We also appreciate documenting and goal setting.

NEW FOR 2010

A Welcomed change appeared in the new 2010 Boy Scout handbook. For each of the ranks it asks the Scout to document Scout Spirit. (For our troop we would like this presented during the Scoutmaster Conference and later to the Board of Review)

Demonstrate Scout spirit by living the Scout Oath (Promise) and Scout Law in your everyday life. (Added in 2010) Discuss four specific examples of how you have lived the points of the Scout Law in your daily life. (These must be different examples since you gave for the previous ranks) It is advised that you write this up before your conference.

Tenderfoot Scout

  • The scout uniform stands for the Values outlined in the Scout Oath and the Scout Law. When we wear our uniform, we are reminded of what it stands for. Wearing the uniform shows Scout Spirit. If we are ashamed or embarrassed to wear it, we are ashamed or embarrassed of what it represents.
  • May your uniform inspire you to live with honor the values of the Scout Oath and Law. I trust you already know what they are.
  • Do you set fitness goals to be physically fit?
  • Do you help other people?
  • Do you read your Boy Scout handbook (mentally fit)?
  • Do you read your bible? (morally straight )

Second Class

  • Do you participate in lots of troop activities regularly (better than 50%, and better than 75% for Troop Officers and Patrol Leaders)?
  • Do you come to “work” activities like service projects and meetings, as well as fun nights?
  • Do you try not to complain or put other people down, even when you feel bad or you have to do a task like cleanup?
  • Are you willing to try new things, and keep trying even when you don’t succeed at first?
  • Do you pay attention when we need you to, and know when to stop what you’re doing to help out?
  • Do you come prepared for campouts? Do you keep track of your stuff, or lose it a lot?
  • Do you never bully, harass, or joke around with other Scouts unless they are willing & happy participants?
  • How have you improved your Scout Spirit?

First Class

  • A first class Scout Spirit Scout must never complain about weather, or work, or cleanup, and must never complain when a leader makes a decision they do not like.
  • A Scout must never criticize others harshly, or make fun of other Scouts whose skills aren’t as good.
  • Do you handle normal personal tasks and patrol tasks (cooking, camp setup and tear down, getting water, etc.) without being asked?
  • Do you keep an eye on others in the troop and help them out – like pickup their garbage, or quietly returning stuff they forgot or left out, so that the Scoutmaster doesn’t get it?
  • Do you sometimes lend a hand teaching new Scouts some of the basics (and you can do it without yelling)?
  • Are you starting to help out your patrol leader & troop by offering ideas for events, and helping to organize and call people when needed?
  • Do you listen & learn well when a Scoutmaster or more advanced Scout tries to teach you something, or do you play “know-it-all”?
  • Do you show Scout Spirit at home and in school?
  • Do you also meet the requirements for Second Class? How have you improved your Scout Spirit?


  • For Star rank, you have to serve in a troop leadership position. Did you serve well and help out the troop, or did you miss meetings, show up unprepared, not get
    things done, etc.?
  • Are you starting to show the kind of leadership a First Class Scout should know? Do you help organize other Scouts to get things done at campouts (like put up
    dining flies, set up campfires, etc.?
  • Do you watch out for other Scouts and make sure they’re doing OK – on the trail, in camp, etc.?
  • Can you be relied on to finish what you start?
  • Are you always ready to assist and be helpful when you see something that needs doing, or do you just “hang out” with your buddies?
  • Do you show respect for other Troop Leaders as you would like them to respect you when you’re leading?
  • Do you also meet the requirements for First Class and Second Class?
  • How have you improved your Scout Spirit?


  • As a troop leader (even if you don’t hold an office), do you actively take up leadership when you see something that needs doing?
  • Can you organize & coordinate other Scouts of all ages (without yelling)?
  • Are you a major player in the “behind-the-scenes” work that makes the troop run – organizing equipment, making camping arrangements, setting up
    activities for the PLC?
  • Are you a good, patient teacher and example to younger Scouts?
  • Are you involved in your school or in the community as a volunteer?
  • Do you also meet the requirements for Star, First Class and Second Class?
  • How have you improved your Scout Spirit?


  • Do you participate actively in all troop activities?
  • Do all the adults and Scouts treat you almost as if you were another Scoutmaster?
  • How well are you involved in your school and community as a leader?
  • Do you also meet the requirements for Life, Star, First Class and Second Class?
  • How have you improved your Scout Spirit?
  • How have you enabled others to develop their Scout Spirit by your personal example?