The Athletics Merit Badge is pretty easy for most Scouts but it should be noted that there is a need for planning and scheduling events as a part of the requirements for this merit badge that can add some difficulty to completing this badge.

If you like the Athletics Merit Badge, consider also doing Backpacking, Climbing, Hiking, Sports, and Golf.


Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday February 14, 2015

Bloomington, MN


12 Scouts

Saturday February 8, 2014

Bloomington, MN


13 Scouts

Saturday February 9, 2013

Richfield, MN


7 Scouts

Saturday January 14, 2012

Richfield, MN


7 Scouts

Saturday May 9, 2009

Richfield, MN


7 Scouts








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source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition


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.

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


2. Explain the following:

a. The importance of the physical exam.

b. 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.

c. The importance of maintaining a healthy diet.


3. Select an athletic activity to participate in for one season (or four months).  Then do the following:

a. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activity you have chosen.

b. Organize a chart for this activity and 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 season and the locale.

d. At the end of the season, discuss with your counselor the progress you have made during training and competition and how your development has affected you mentally and physically.


4. Do the following:

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

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.


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

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


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.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015