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





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. Personal Fitness Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Gym or Workout Clothing

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


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 advisers 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.


1. Do the following:

a. Before completing requirements 2 through 9, have your health-care practitioner give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical examination form. Describe the examination. Tell what questions the doctor asked about your health. Tell what health or medical recommendations the doctor made and report what you have done in response to the recommendations. Explain the following:

1. Why physical exams are important.

2. Why preventive habits (such as exercising regularly) are important in maintaining good health, and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect your personal fitness.

3. Diseases that can be prevented and how.

4. The seven warning signs of cancer.

5. The youth risk factors that affect cardiovascular fitness in adulthood.

b. Have a dental examination. Get a statement saying that your teeth have been checked and cared for. Tell how to care for your teeth.

Scouts need to have a current medical examination (within the past year) and bring proof of this. If not, they will need to complete one before attending.  Scouts should take sometime and write down their remembrance and observations form the medical examination.  Note the questions the doctor asked and any recommendations the doctor made.  NOTE: Every doctor visit these days includes some sort of healthy living recommendation even for the most healthy of individuals.  Stating NONE for this requirement is not acceptable and a revisit might be in order to discuss at least one healthy lifestyle practice.

Scouts should also come with their answers to requirement 1a1 thru 1a5 formulated and thought out.  This should be done prior to the class.  Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that some thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to explain their findings.  Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must explain each of these items. An opportunity to fulfill this part of the requirement will take place in the class and participation in the class will by actively answering or sharing their findings is required to obtain credit.

REQUIREMENT 1A MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO THE CLASS.  If you do not have this completed at check-in you will not be able to partake in this class and you will not receive a refund.

For requirement 2b please bring proof of your dental exam, no more than a year ago.  You may obtain a note from your dentist stating that your teeth have been checked and cared for. (Dentists Name, practice, address, city, state, zip, phone and date of last visit should be included on this statement) Have notes prepared for telling how to care for your teeth which will be done as a part of the class


2. Explain to your merit badge counselor verbally or in writing what personal fitness means to you, including:

a. Components of personal fitness

b. Reasons for being fit in all components.

c. What it means to be mentally healthy.

d. What it means to be physically healthy and fit.

e. What it means to be socially healthy. Discuss your activity in the areas of healthy social fitness.

f. What you can do to prevent social, emotional, or mental problems.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. This should be done prior to the class.  Scouts should have this written out to show the counselor that thought and research has gone into this requirement and Scouts should be prepared to explain their findings.  Scouts will not automatically be signed off on this requirement just for attending as the requirement states that they must explain a number of items and will be required to partake in group and/or individual explanation to obtain credit.


3. With your counselor answer and discuss the following questions.

a. Are you free from all curable diseases? Are you living in such a way that your risk of preventable diseases is minimized?

b. Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice of your health-care provider?

c. Do you understand the meaning of a nutritious diet and know why it is important for you? Does your diet include foods from all food groups?

d. Are your body weight and composition what you would like them to be, and do you know how to modify them safely through exercise, diet, and lifestyle?

e. Do you carry out daily activities without noticeable effort? Do you have extra energy for other activities?

f. Are you free from habits relating to poor nutrition and the use of alcohol, tobacco, drugs, and other practices that could be harmful to your health?

g. Do you participate in a regular exercise program or recreational activities?

h. Do you sleep well at night and wake up feeling ready to start the new day?

i. Are you actively involved in the religious organization of your choice, and do you participate in their youth activities?

j. Do you spend quality time with your family and friends in social and recreational activities?

k. Do you support family activities and efforts to maintain a good home life?

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss. This should be done prior to the class.  Scouts should have notes to help supplement the class discussion on these items.  Many of these questions are directed at the individual and some of these requirements will be done as a group while others will be done individually, so Scouts should be prepared for both formats of discussion.


4. Explain the following about physical fitness

a. The components of physical fitness.

b. Your weakest and strongest component of physical fitness.

c. The need to have a balance in all four components of physical fitness.

d. How the components of personal fitness relate to the Scout Law and Scout Oath.

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain.


5. Explain the following about nutrition

a. The importance of good nutrition

b. What good nutrition means to you

c. How good nutrition is related to the other components of personal fitness

d. The three components of a sound weight (fat) control program

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to explain.


6. Before doing requirements 7 and 8, complete the aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition tests as described in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Record your results and identify those areas where you feel you need to improve.

Scouts will be guided through this requirement by the trained personal fitness instructor leading the class.


7. Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents

Scouts will work with the trained personal fitness instructors to create an outline for their comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program.


8. Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7. Keep a log of your fitness program activity (how long you exercised; how far you ran, swam, or biked; how many exercise repetitions you completed; your exercise heart rate; etc.). Repeat the aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility tests every two weeks and record your results. After the 12th week, repeat the three tests, record your results, and show improvement in each one. For the body composition test, compare and analyze your preprogram and postprogram body composition measurements. Discuss the meaning and benefit of your experience, and describe your long-term plans regarding your personal fitness

After the initial class, Scouts will be responsible for tracking and logging their own progress.  Scouts choosing Registration Option A for this class will be responsible for finding a Personal Fitness Merit Badge Counselor to follow up with and finish this requirement and merit badge with.  Scouts choosing Registration Option B will have an opportunity to follow up with Merit Badge Counselor to complete (providing they have kept a log and met the requirements) the badge at one of the assessment classes that will be scheduled 13 to 16 weeks after the class.


9. Find out about three career opportunities in personal fitness. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss what you learned with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you

Scouts should review this requirement and its components and be prepared to discuss.  It is strongly recommended that Scouts bring any notes or supporting documents they may have to help show the counselor that they have prepared for discussion of these items.


this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015