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GOLF MERIT BADGE

SCOUTMASTER BUCKY CLASS PREPARATION PAGE

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GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS

 

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 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 directions 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 Golf Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Golf 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.

 

 

GOLF MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS

 

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. Golf Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform and appropriate weather clothing for golfing - no shorts or T-shirts

4. Your Golf Clubs, Golf Shoes, Golf Bag, Golf Balls, etc (if you have them)  There may be a small additional fee for those who do not have their own golf balls however club and bag rental is included in the class registration fee. Tennis shoes are an acceptable alternative for Golf Shoes, no cleats or spikes

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

6. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Following is an outline of the class to help you prepare.  Note that Scouts will be signed off only on those requirements that the Merit Badge Counselor determines meets the requirements; no more no less  This Merit Badge should not be expected to be earned without preparation and work

 

1. Discuss safety on the golf course. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while golfing, including heat reactions, dehydration, blisters, sprains, and strains.

Scouts should review the Golf Merit Badge pamphlet to prepare for discussion on this requirement during the class.

 

2. Study the USGA "Rules of Golf" now in use.

a. Tell about the three categories of golf etiquette.

b. Demonstrate that you understand the definitions of golf terms.

c. Show that you understand the "Rules of Amateur Status".

You will need your parent's permission to access the internet to find the most current USGA "Rules of Golf" to aid you in preparing for this requirement.  During the class all Scouts will be asked to tell, demonstrate, and show their knowledge and understanding of these components with the counselor and class. It is highly recommended that Scouts utilize a notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to make notes of their findings and to make their completion of this requirement during the class easier.

 

3. Tell about your understanding of the USGA system of handicapping.

Scouts will have an opportunity to share their knowledge on this requirement during the class.  Only Scouts who have prepared and put effort into preparation ahead of time on this requirement will be signed off after positive and active participation in the class discussion.

 

4. Do the following

a. Tell about the early history of golf.

b. Describe golf's early years in the United States.

c. Tell about the accomplishments of a top golfer of your choice.

This requirement will require a little preparation prior to the class.  While the counselor will facilitate a discussion allowing Scouts to share their findings, it should not be assume that you will be signed off on this requirement coming to the class not having prepared or read the merit badge pamphlet.  You may find it helpful to use a notebook or Merit Badge Workbook to organize notes or other references to aid your discussion when covering this requirement during the class.

 

5. Discuss with your counselor vocational opportunities related to golf.

Scouts should review this requirement and be prepared to discuss. Each Scout will be asked to share their ideas and knowledge of vocational opportunities related to golf. Only those that can satisfactorily provided knowledgeable and prepared input will be signed off on this requirement.

 

6. Do the following:

a. Tell how golf can contribute to a healthy lifestyle, mentally and physically.

b. Tell how a golf exercise plan can help you play better. Show two exercises that would help improve your game.

This requirement will be covered in the class but Scouts are encouraged to think about the ways in which Golf can provide a healthy lifestyle and familiarize themselves with some basic exercises that would be beneficial to a golfer and be ready to share their thoughts and findings during the class discussion.

 

7. Show the following:

a. The proper grip, stance, posture, and key fundamentals of a good swing.

b. The full wood shot, played from a tee.

c. The fairway wood shot.

d. The long iron shot.

e. The short iron shot.

f. The approach, chip-and-run, and pitch shots.

g. The sand iron shot, bunker, or heavy rough recovery shots.

h. A sound putting stroke.

Scouts will perform the task in this requirement at the driving range of the golf course with the counselor

 

8. Play a minimum of two nine-hole rounds or one 18-hole round of golf with another golfer about your age and with your counselor, or an adult approved by your counselor. Do the following:

a. Follow the "Rules of Golf".

b. Practice good golf etiquette.

c. Show respect to fellow golfers, committee, sponsor, and gallery.

Part or all of this requirement will be completed during the class based on whether you signed up for the 9-hole or 18-hold option at registration.  Those not adhering to these rules, etiquette, and mannerisms during the class or on the golf course will be asked to leave and/or may not be signed off on the requirement.  Remember to follow the Scout Law and Oath.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015