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To be able to complete a merit badge during Pathways to Eagle the preparation work MUST be completed BEFORE and turned in at the START of the merit badge session.


Due to the shortness of the sessions, teaching is not possible. The Scout needs to have read the merit badge pamphlet BEFORE the session and be prepared for each of the requirements.


The availability of a Merit Badge session will be based on the actual availability of Merit Badge counselors on the day of the event.

Sports   Sports     Sports

This Merit Badge requires 1 session to complete.

The Pathways to Eagle preparation work items for the Sports merit badge are: 2a,  2c,  4,  5

  • Items in RED - MUST be completed before the session starts to make it possible to complete the merit badge at Pathways to Eagle. Bring proof of completion (item, written work, note, photo, etc.)
  • Items in GREEN - Can be completed before the session starts or done during merit badge session.
  • Items in BLACK - MUST be ready to demonstrate your knowledge of these requirements during the merit badge session.
Scouts are strongly encouraged to use a Merit Badge worksheet to show that they have done the preparation work for the merit badge. Download the workbook for the Sports Merit Badge in Adobe PDF format from the U.S. Scouting Service Project website.
Scouts MUST be able to discuss any items completed as preparation works or as written work. Note: Some requirements contain items that fall into more that one category and are listed as the higher category.
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.
Do the following:
a.  Explain to your counselor the most likely risks you may encounter during athletics activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these risks.
b.  Show that you know first aid or understand the treatment for injuries that could occur while participating in athletics, including sprains, strains, muscle cramps, contusions, abrasions, blisters, dehydration, heat reactions, and concussions.
Explain the importance of the following:
a.  Before completing requirements 4 and 5, show that you have received a physical examination from your health care practitioner within the last 12 months.
b.  Explain the importance of a physical exam.
c.  Explain 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.
d.  Explain the importance of maintaining a healthy diet.
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 good sportsmanship, and the traits of a good team leader and player who exhibits Scout spirit on and off the playing field
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, cheerleading, and/or badminton. Your counselor may approve in advance other recognized sports, but not any sport that is restricted and not authorized by the BSA: 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 area for your two sports.
With guidance from your counselor and before beginning requirement 4, establish a personal training program suited to the activities you chose for requirement 4. Do the following:
a.  Organize a chart and track your training, practice, and development in the 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.
The requirements listed on this web site are believed to be correct.
The official requirements can be found in the current edition of
"Boy Scout Requirements Book 2024"

Download the workbook for the Sports Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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