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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.

* Skating (Ice) *   * Skating (Ice) *     * Skating (Ice) *

This Merit Badge is done on Friday Night ONLY.

Pathways to Eagle currently has no preparation work needed for the * Skating (Ice) * merit badge.

  • 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 * Skating (Ice) * 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: This is to earn the SKATING MERIT BADGE using the ICE SKATING option. This Merit Badge will be offered on Friday evening ONLY.
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.
b.  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.
Complete ALL of the requirements below for Ice Skating
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 period 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 backwards 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.
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 * Skating (Ice) * Merit Badge
in Adobe PDF format from, The U.S. Scouting Service Project website.

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