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

Skating Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

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

2. Skating 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: This merit badge requires a skill level in order to complete.  The class is not meant to serve as a means to be taught or develop a skating skill, it is however structured so that Scouts can do a quick refresher of the skill and then demonstrate their ability to do it.


1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards associated with skating and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Scouts should review the Skating Merit Badge pamphlet for this requirement component as all the required knowledge and recommendations will be found within the contents of the pamphlet. It is strongly recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings utilizing a Merit Badge Workbook or marking their merit badge pamphlet for easy reference when providing explanation during the class.

b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while skating, including hypothermia, frostbite, lacerations, abrasions, fractures, sprains and strains, blisters, heat-related reactions, and shock.

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge as well as the ability to identify hazards likely to be encountered in skating activities.


For requirement #2 makes sure you review the skating option(s) that will be offered at the specific event.  Not all skating options will necessarily be offered.  See the notes at the bottom of this page for class preparation and expectations.

2. Complete ALL of the requirements for ONE of the following options,


a. Do the following:

1. Give general safety and courtesy rules for ice skating. Discuss preparations that must be taken when skating outdoors on natural ice. Explain how to make an ice rescue.

2. Discuss the parts and functions of the different types of ice skates.

3. Describe the proper way to carry ice skates.

4. Describe how to store ice-skates for long periods of time, such as seasonal storage.

b. Do the following:

1. Skate forward at least 40 feet and come to a complete stop. Use either a two-footed snowplow stop or a one-footed snowplow stop.

2. After skating forward, glide forward on two feet, then on one foot, first right and then left.

3. Starting from a T position, stroke forward around the test area, avoiding the use of toe points if wearing figure skates,

c. Do the following:

1. Glide backward on two feet for at least two times the skater's height.

2. Skate backward for at least 20 feet on two skates.

3. After gaining forward speed, glide forward on two feet, making a turn of 180 degrees around a cone, first to the right and then to the left.

d. Do the following:

1. Perform forward crossovers in a figure-eight pattern.

2. Explain to your counselor the safety considerations for running or participating in an ice skating race.

3. Perform a hockey stop.


a. Do the following:

1. Give general safety and etiquette rules for roller skating.

2. Discuss the parts and functions of the roller skate.

3. Describe five essential steps to good skate care.

b. Do the following:

1. Skate forward with smooth, linked strokes on two feet for at least 100 feet in both directions around the rink and demonstrate proper techniques for stopping.

2. Skate forward and glide at least 15 feet on one skate, then on the other skate.

c. Do the following:

1. Perform the crosscut.

2. Skate backward for at least 40 feet on two skates, then for at least 15 feet on one skate.

3. Skate forward in a slalom pattern for at least 40 feet on two skates, then for at least 20 feet on one skate.

4. Skate backward in a slalom pattern for at least 15 feet on two skates.

d. Do the following:

1. Shuttle skate once around the rink, bending twice along the way without stopping.

2. Perform a widespread eagle.

3. Perform a mohawk.

4. Perform a series of two consecutive spins on skates, OR hop, skip, and jump on skates for at least 10 feet.

e. Do the following:

1. Race on a speed track, demonstrating proper technique in starting, cornering, passing, and pacing.

2. Perform the limbo under a pole placed at least chest-high OR shoot-the-duck under a waist-high pole and rise while still on one foot.

3. Perform the stepover.

4. While skating, dribble a basketball the length of the floor, then return to your starting position, OR push a hockey ball with a stick around the entire rink in both directions.


a. Do the following:

1. Give general and in-line skating safety rules and etiquette.

2. Describe the parts and functions of the in-line skate.

3. Describe the required and recommended safety equipment.

4. Describe four essential steps to good skate care.

b. Do the following:

1. Skate forward with smooth, linked strokes on two feet for at least 100 feet.

2. Skate forward and glide at least 15 feet on one skate, then on the other skate.

3. Stop on command on flat pavement using the heel brake.

c. Do the following:

1. Perform the forward crossover.

2. Perform a series of forward, linked swizzles for at least 40 feet.

3. Skate backward for at least 40 feet in a series of linked, backward swizzles.

4. From a strong pace, perform a lunge turn around an object predetermined by your counselor.

5. Perform a mohawk.

d. Do the following:

1. Perform a series of at least four one-footed downhill slaloms on pavement with a gentle slope.

2. Describe how to pass a pedestrian or another skater from behind.

3. Describe at least three ways to avoid an unforeseen obstacle while skating.

4. Describe two ways to get on and off a curb, and demonstrate at least one of these methods.

Scouts will need to prepare and be ready to discuss the safety, etiquette, and mechanics of the equipment along with the care of the equipment.  Only Scouts that have come to the class prepared AND actively participate in the class discussion will be considered for sign off on the respective requirement and its components.

Opportunity for all Scouts to perform and demonstrate their skill in each of the components will be done at the class. Scouts will need to successfully complete each item in order to get signed off for each component of the requirement within the skating discipline they choose so long as it is offered at the class.  PLEASE MAKE SURE YOU UNDERSTAND WHICH DISCIPLINE(S) (or option(s)) ARE BEING OFFERED AT THE CLASS.

Again, be forewarned, Scouts will only be signed off on the requirements and / or components they are able to successfully complete to the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor.  These are skill-based requirements and it should not be assumed that the merit badge counselor will serve as a coach or instructor to bring the Scouts to a skill level necessary to complete each requirement component.  While the counselor will do everything, within reason, to help each Scout find success, this is not a class for developing the skill to complete the requirement.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019