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SKATING 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 Skating Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. 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 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. 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

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

 

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

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

 

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.

 

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

ICE SKATING OPTION

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

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.

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 a forward shoot-the-duck until you're nearly stopped. Rise while still on one foot

2. Perform forward crossovers in a figure eight pattern

3. Take part in a relay race

4. Perform a hockey stop

Opportunity for all Scouts to perform and demonstrate their skill in each of these components and will be done at the class. Scouts will need to successfully complete each item in order to get signed of for each component of the requirement.

 

ROLLER SKATING OPTION

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

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.

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

Opportunity for all Scouts to perform and demonstrate their skill in each of these components and will be done at the class. Scouts will need to successfully complete each item in order to get signed of for each component of the requirement.

 

IN-LINE SKATING OPTION

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

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.

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

Opportunity for all Scouts to perform and demonstrate their skill in each of these components and will be done at the class. Scouts will need to successfully complete each item in order to get signed of for each component of the requirement.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015