Athletics Merit Badge
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Athletics Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Athletics Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
Athletics Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Athletics Merit Badge Workbook
Athletics Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Athletics Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Athletics Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Note: If meeting any of the requirements for this merit badge is against the Scout's religious convictions, the requirement does not have to be done if the Scout's parents and the proper religious advisors state in writing that to do so would be against religious convictions. The Scout's parents must also accept full responsibility for anything that might happen because of this exemption

Requirement 2a has been added for health and safety, and to provide consistency with the Personal Fitness merit badge.

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter during athletics activities, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet for this requirement as all the required knowledge and recommendations will be found within the contents of the Atheltics Merit Badge pamphlet for this requirement component. It is strongly recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings by either marking their pamphlet or making notes in their Merit Badge Workbook for easy reference when explaining their findings to the counselor during the class.


b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in athletic events, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, and heat reactions.

Most of the injuries and illnesses listed in this requirement component are recurring throughout a Scout's journey through rank and merit badges. Newer Scouts may need to spend more time than more advanced Scouts on this requirement component. Scouts who are first class and above should find this a review of common first aid ailments and responses. Regardless, do not take this requirement component for granted as most counselors will still want to validate that you remember and understand the details of this requirement component. Be sure to follow the Scout Motto and "Be Prepared" to show your knowledge for consideration of completion on this requirement component.


2. Do the following:

a. Before completing requirements 3 and 5, have your health-care practitioner give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical examination form.

b. Explain the importance of a physical exam

c. Explain the importance of maintaining good health habits, especially during training - and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect your health and your performance in athletic activities.

d. Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.

Preparing for the class for this requirement can easily be done by reviewing the Merit Badge Pamphlet for guidance. Scouts are encouraged to not only use the Merit Badge Pamphlet's insight to these items in the requirement but to also form their own conclusions and ideas for completing this requirement. It is recommended that Scouts make notes to reference during the class when providing their explanations. This will ensure a higher probability of completing this requirement in the time allotted during the class.


3. Select an athletic activity that interests you, then do the following:

a. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen. Follow this training program for three months.

b. Create a chart to monitor your progress during this time.

c. Explain to your counselor the equipment necessary to participate in this activity, and the appropriate clothing for the time of year.

d. At the end of four months, review the chart you created for requirement 3b, and discuss with your counselor what progress you have made during training. Tell how your development has affected you mentally and physically.

Most counselors will likely accept a program that you have worked out with your coach or trainer for the particular your selected athletic activity. Utilize this as a starting point to share with the counselor. Be sure to have an accurate and detailed chart and approach. You may find that adjustments to your plan are necessary as you proceed, and these things should be noted when reviewing with the counselor. At the end of your tracking it should be evident the progress you have made and allow for easy completion of this requirement. Make sure you chart and document as this is the only way you will be able to complete the requirement.


4. Do the following:

a. Give the rules for two athletic activities, one of which is the activity you chose for requirement 3.

Requirement 4a is partially dependent on your selection in Requirement 3. While time will be allotted in the class to discuss this requirement, realize that each class participant may have two different athletic activities that they have selected, and all may be different from yours. Scouts should be prepared to share their two selected athletic activities for this requirement during the class and have ready a short summary of the rules related to these activities. Scouts will be able to complete this part of Requirement 4 with proper planning and preparation as well as sharing with the Counselor during the class.


b. Discuss the importance of warming up and cooling down.

c. Explain to your counselor what an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete.

d. Discuss the traits and importance of good sportsmanship. Tell what role sportsmanship plays in both individual and group athletic activities.

While the remaining parts of Requirement 4 will be discussed and covered during the class, Scouts should review the Merit Badge Pamphlet for content pertaining to each component of this requirement so that they are prepared and knowledgeable for explanation and discussion. Scouts not having reviewed the Merit Badge Pamphlet ahead of time in preparation for the class, may find it difficult to complete all components during the class.


5. Complete the activities in FOUR of the following groups and show improvement over a three-month period.

GROUP 1: Sprinting

a. 100-meter dash

b. 200-meter dash


GROUP 2: Long-Distance Running

a. 3k run

b. 5k run


GROUP 3: Long Jump OR High Jump

a. Running long jump OR running high jump (best of three tries)

b. Standing long jump OR standing high jump (best of three tries)


GROUP 4: Swimming

a. 100-meter swim

b. 200-meter swim


GROUP 5: Pull-Ups AND Push-Ups

a. Pull-ups in two minutes

b. Push-ups in two minutes


GROUP 6: Baseball Throw

a. Baseball throw for accuracy, 10 throws at a target (distance to be determined by age): ages 11 to 12, 20 feet; ages 13 to 15, 30 feet; ages 16 to 17, 40 feet

b. Baseball throw for distance, five throws (total distance)


GROUP 7: Basketball Shooting

a. Basketball shot for accuracy, 10 free-throw shots

b. Basketball throw for skill and agility, the following shots as shown on the diagram

1. Left-side layup
2. Right side layup
3. Left side of hoop, along the key line
4. Right side of hoop, along the key line
5. Where key line and free-throw line meet, left side
6. Where key line and free-throw line meet, right side
7. Top of the key
8. Anywhere along the three-point line.


GROUP 8: Football Kick OR Soccer Kick

a. Goals from the 10-yard line, eight kicks

b. Football kick or soccer kick for distance, five kicks (total distance)


GROUP 9: Weight Training

a. Chest/bench press, two sets of 15 repetitions each

b. Leg curls, two sets of 15 repetitions each


Scouts will need to figure out how to show, share, and prove to the Counselor that they not only have practiced or participated in the four options they selected as a part of Requirement 5, but they will also need to show some sort of charting, tracking, or documentation on how they have improved in each as stated by the requirement. It is not enough to simply say you have done the requirement, it is your responsibility to share with the counselor proof that you have met the expectations of the requirement. Be Prepared.

6. Do the following

a. Prepare plans for conducting a sports meet or field day that includes 10 activities, at least five of which must come from the groups mentioned in requirement 5. Outline the duties of each official needed and list the equipment the meet will require.

b. With your parent's and counselor's approval, serve as an official or volunteer at a sports meet to observe officials in action. Tell your counselor about your responsibilities at the meet and discuss what you learned.

While this requirement will NOT be covered in the class, Scouts who have done one or both of the components of this requirement may bring their proof and work to share during the class for consideration by the counselor for sign off.

this page last reviewed / updated: March 2020