All skills requirements for the ranks of Scout through First Class should be accomplished within the patrol. Instruction for requirements can be done by the Patrol Leader, other youth leaders who are First Class or above, adult instructors in the Troop, or other agents such as summer camp staff. However, the Patrol Leader should satisfy himself that a scout has completed the requirement and has a sufficient knowledge of the skill. The point to basic rank requirements is not to complete a check list, but rather to develop a firm grasp of scoutcraft, outdoor skills and leadership allowing a scout to be able to care for himself and others both in the outdoors and in urban environments.
Once the Patrol Leader is satisfied that the scout has developed the proper skills level to complete a requirement, and only then, should the scout present him self to either the SPL or one of the Troop adult leaders to have the requirement signed. The person signing the requirement should also satisfy himself that the work has been done and the scout has achieved the proper skills level.
BSA's National Council has developed a website as a companion to the Handbook. This site may prove to be very useful for the PL and scouts who are trying to master a skill. The url for this site is on the Troop's home page. Please feel free to use it.
Over time, we will be adding additional supplemental material to assist scouts to gain the knowledge needed to complete a requirement, and for Patrol Leaders and the Troop's youth leadership to teach it.