• Young men playing basketball


Develop your physical strength, confidence, and appreciation for others as you learn about basketball.


Plan a series of activities that will help you learn how to play, officiate in, and coach basketball. These activities should be planned by various team members and chosen from the following five fields of emphasis. You should also choose and plan a culminating activity—such as a basketball tournament—from one of the fields of emphasis.

Fields of emphasis

Personal development

  • Discuss as a team what it means to be physically, mentally, and spiritually fit. Develop and carry out a plan to improve your fitness.
  • Invite a local basketball coach from your Church unit or community to teach the basics of coaching basketball.
  • Learn the basics of keeping a scorebook for a basketball game. Practice keeping score at a local game or by watching a professional or college game on television.


  • Plan an activity where you teach basketball to children and play basketball with them.

High adventure and sports

  • Organize a basketball tournament for Varsity Scout teams in your area. Team members could help as referees and scorekeepers.

Special programs and events

  • Watch a college or professional basketball game. Afterward discuss the sportsmanship of players from both teams.
  • Ask a certified referee to run a clinic on officiating.


  • Sports merit badge
  • Personal fitness merit badge

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