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

Sports 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. Sports 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: The activities used to fulfill the requirements for the Sports merit badge may not be used to help fulfill requirements for other merit badges.

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while playing sports, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Scouts should review the merit badge pamphlet for this requirement component as all the required knowledge and recommendations will be found within the contents of the Sports Merit Badge pamphlet for this requirement component. It is strongly recommended that Scouts make notes of their findings by either marking their pamphlet or making notes in their Merit Badge Workbook for easy reference when explaining their findings to the counselor during the class.

b. Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while participating in sports, including sprains, strains, contusions, abrasions, fractures, blisters, muscle cramps, injured teeth, dehydration, heat and cold reactions, and concussions or other suspected injuries to the head, neck, and back.

Most of the injuries and illnesses listed in this requirement component are recurring throughout a Scout's journey through rank and merit badges. Newer Scouts may need to spend more time than more advanced Scouts on this requirement component. Scouts who are first class and above should find this a review of common first aid ailments and responses. Regardless, do not take this requirement component for granted as most counselors will still want to validate that you remember and understand the details of this requirement component. Be sure to follow the Scout Motto and "Be Prepared" to show your knowledge for consideration of completion on this requirement component.


2. Explain the importance of the following:

a. The importance of the physical exam

b. The importance of maintaining good health habits for life (such as exercising regularly), and how the use of tobacco products, alcohol, and other harmful substances can negatively affect your health and your performance in sports activities.

c. The importance of maintaining a healthy diet

Scouts should come to class prepared to share their formulated answers to the components of this requirement.  Only Scouts who accurately and actively participate to the satisfaction of the merit badge counselor will be considered for sign off on this requirement and its components.


3. Discuss the following:

a. The importance of warming up and cooling down

b. The importance of weight training

c. What an amateur athlete is and the differences between an amateur and a professional athlete

d. The attributes (qualities) of a good sport, the importance of sportsmanship, and the traits of a good team leader and player who exhibits Scout spirit on and off the playing field

Scouts need to review the Sports Merit Badge pamphlet for requirement 3. All information needed to complete these parts of Requirement 3 can be found in the merit badge pamphlet. It is recommended to make notes in a notebook or workbook to use when sharing your knowledge during the class. Active participation in the class discussion is also required for completion of this requirement and its components.


4. With guidance from your counselor, establish a personal training program suited to the activities you choose for requirement 5. Then do the following:

a. Create a chart and use it to track your training, practice, and development in these sports for one season (or four months).

b. Demonstrate proper technique for your two chosen sports

c. At the end of the season, share your completed chart with your counselor and discuss how your participation in the sports you chose has affected you mentally and physically.

Many organized sports programs already have training programs established and Scouts having participated in a school or league training program for their sport should bring proof of these training programs and their participation for consideration by the counselor in the class.  Scouts not bringing this information, or that have not done a personal training program will have the opportunity to establish one with the counselor during the class.


5. Take part for one season (or four months) as a competitive individual or as a member of an organized team in TWO of the following sports: baseball, basketball, bowling, cross-country, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, table tennis, tennis, track and field, volleyball, water polo, wrestling. Your counselor may approve in advance other recognized sports, but not any sport that is restricted and not authorized by the Boy Scouts of America. Then with your chosen sports do the following:

a. Give the rules and etiquette for the two sports you picked.

b. List the equipment needed for the two sports you chose. Describe the protective equipment and appropriate clothing (if any) and explain why it is needed.

c. Draw diagrams of the playing areas for your two sports.

This requirement and its components can NOT be completed in the class without preparation and previous participation in a competitive sport.  While time during the class MAY be allotted for working on this requirement, Scouts wanting to insure sign off on this requirement and its components will need to have done some preparation work ahead of the class.  Come to the class prepared to share your experience and have your list and diagrams ready to share.

this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019