Cycling 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 Cycling 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 Cycling 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 
Cycling Merit Badge Current Requirements
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Cycling Merit Badge Workbook
Cycling Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page

Cycling 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. Cycling Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Weather appropriate clothing for the time of year and location of the class for outdoor participation

5. Your Bicycle (The bicycle used for fulfilling these requirements must have all required safety features and must be registered as required by your local traffic laws)

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

7. A positive Scouting focus and attitude




1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in cycling 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 cycling, including cuts, scratches, blisters, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, hypothermia, frostbite, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, and snakebite. Explain to your counselor why you should be able to identify the poisonous plants and poisonous animals that are found in your area.

c. Explain the importance of wearing a properly sized and fitted helmet while cycling, and of wearing the right clothing for the weather. Know the BSA Bike Safety Guidelines.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.


2. Clean and adjust a bicycle. Prepare it for inspection using a bicycle safety checklist. Be sure the bicycle meets local laws.

Scouts will need to bring their bike along with them and this bike should be the one that they have performed the cleaning and adjustment on.  Scouts should bring the bicycle safety checklist that they utilized to share with the counselor for review.  Additionally, Scouts should be prepared to share their findings on any local bicycle laws that they need to adhere to. 

(Note: Some cities have very easy bicycle laws while others have very stringent laws - Scouts can find out these laws and regulations from either their local City Hall or Police Department).

Failure to properly research these laws and regulations could result in the Counselor requiring Scouts to revisit this element of the requirement before signing off as complete.


3. Show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection. Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made. Do the following:

a. Show all points that need regular lubrication.

b. Show points that should be checked regularly to make sure the bicycle is safe to ride.

c. Show how to adjust brakes, seat level and height, and steering tube.

Scouts will need to have their bicycle with them in order to complete this requirement, as well as other requirements. This requirement migrates nicely from the previous requirement.  Scouts can utilize the information in the merit badge pamphlet book to aid them in preparing for the first two out of three components of this requirement (3a and 3b).  While the merit badge pamphlet will assist in providing a very general overview for how to perform the actions required in 3c, it is strongly recommended that Scouts consider stopping at their local bicycle shop to get pointers from an expert to help them be as prepared as possible as well as accurate.


4. Describe how to brake safely with foot brakes and with hand brakes.

Scouts will partake in group classroom discussion on this requirement led by the Counselor. Scouts should reference the merit badge pamphlet for a better understanding on this topic.  Consider other sources to help provide insight for this requirement (i.e. local bicycle repair shop, internet resources [with your parent's permission], bicycle club, etc.)


5. Show how to repair a flat by removing the tire, replacing or patching the tube, and remounting the tire.

This requirement will be covered during the class, however it strongly recommended that Scouts review this requirement and the merit badge pamphlet so that they understand this requirement prior to the class.  Scouts will need to actively participate in the demonstration or presentation of this requirement to be considered for signing off on this requirement.  Scouts are not able to actively participate if they do not come to the class with an understanding of the concepts required for his requirement.


6. Describe your state and local traffic laws for bicycles. Compare them with motor-vehicle laws.

Scouts will need to utilize other sources to fulfill this requirement. While researching the items for his requirement are not difficult, a small amount of time may be necessary in order to properly prepare.  Consider using resources that are readily available to you and try to use more than one resource to complete this requirement.  Some resources to consider might be, government center, bicycle shop, city hall, police department, or even the internet (with your parent's permission).


7. Using the BSA buddy system, complete all of the requirements for ONE of the following options:

* The bicycle used for fulfilling these requirements must have all required safety features and must be registered as required by your local traffic laws.


Unless otherwise noted, all Scoutmaster Bucky Cycling Merit Badge Classes will utilize Requirement 7 OPTION a.


PLEASE NOTE: For Requirement 7, it will be at the discretion of the Counselor to determine any safety issues concerning the cycle, ride, and its participants.  Scouts not attending with the proper safety gear, a bike that does not pass the Counselor's safety inspection, etc., will not be permitted to partake in any of the actual cycling aspects of his requirement. Safety First!


OPTION A: Road Biking

(a) Take a road test with your counselor and demonstrate the following:

(1) Properly mount, pedal, and brake, including emergency stops.

(2) On an urban street with light traffic, properly execute a left turn from the center of the street; also demonstrate an alternate left-turn technique used during periods of heavy traffic.

(3) Properly execute a right turn.

(4) Demonstrate appropriate actions at a right-turn-only lane when you are continuing straight.

(5) Show proper curbside and road-edge riding. Show how to ride safely along a row of parked cars.

(6) Cross railroad tracks properly.

Scouts will be engaged by the counselor to demonstrate the following skills and techniques on a short bicycle ride and static demonstration. Scouts should review these items prior to the class to ensure they are able to and understand what is expected.

(b) Avoiding main highways, take two rides of 10 miles each, two rides of 15 miles each, and two rides of 25 miles each. You must make a report of the rides taken. List dates for the routes traveled, and interesting things seen.

Weather permitting, this class will incorporate a 10-mile cycling ride.  Scouts will need to make sure that they actively and accurately track their cycling rides to fulfill the remainder of this requirement. As the requirement states you must record the date and interesting things seen along the way.  Scouts are encouraged to utilize the Scoutmaster Bucky Cycling Merit Badge Workbook to document their rides as they work towards completing this requirement.

(c) After completing requirement b for the road biking option, do ONE of the following:

(1) Lay out on a road map a 50-mile trip. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in eight hours.

(2) Participate in an organized bike tour of at least 50 miles. Make this ride in eight hours. Afterward, use the tours cue sheet to make a map of the ride.

This requirement will NOT be covered in the class and Scouts will need to follow up with a Cycling Merit Badge counselor after the class to complete this requirement.


OPTION B: Mountain Biking

(a) Take a trail ride with your counselor and demonstrate the following:

(1) Properly mount, pedal, and brake, including emergency stops.

(2) Show shifting skills as applicable to climbs and obstacles.

(3) Show proper trail etiquette to hikers and other cyclists, including when to yield the right-of-way.

(4) Show proper technique for riding up and down hills.

(5) Demonstrate how to correctly cross an obstacle by either going over the obstacle on your bike or dismounting your bike and crossing over or around the obstacle.

(6) Cross rocks, gravel, and roots properly.

(b) Describe the rules of trail riding, including how to know when a trail is unsuitable for riding.

(c) On trails approved by your counselor, take two rides of 2 miles each, two rides of 5 miles each, and two rides of 8 miles each. You must make a report of the rides taken. List dates for the routes traveled, and interesting things seen.

(d) After fulfilling the previous requirement, lay out on a trail map a 22-mile trip. You may include multiple trail systems, if needed. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in six hours.

The same expectations relative to the Mountain Biking option will apply as stated in the Road Biking option; if this option is utilized.


this page last reviewed / updated: March 2020