Cycling

  • Scouts with bicycles

Purpose

Develop physical strength and confidence as you plan for and work together to complete a demanding physical challenge.

Description

Plan a series of activities to help you learn about cycling. 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 two-day cycling high adventure or service activity—from one of the fields of emphasis.

All Scouts and adult leaders will need bicycles for these activities. The bikes should be appropriate for the terrain. Bikes can also be rented or borrowed for those team members who do not own them.

Fields of emphasis

Personal development

  • Develop and implement a fitness-training program for your team.
  • Learn about safety in cycling.
  • Learn first aid for common cycling injuries.
  • Plan devotionals for each activity, including a longer devotional for the culminating activity.

Service

  • Plan a cycling safety clinic for your local Cub Scout pack.
  • Clean up or help with the maintenance of local trails.
  • Plan a bike repair workshop for people in your community.
  • Organize a drive to collect bike helmets for needy children.

High adventure

  • Plan and participate in a mountain, trail, or road cycling trip that lasts a few days.

Special programs and events

  • Sponsor a community bike ride.
  • Invite the young women or another Scout team to participate in a cycling activity or ride.
  • Attend a district-sponsored event.

Advancement

  • Cycling merit badge
  • Varsity activity pin
  • Personal fitness merit badge
  • Fulfill the 50-miler requirements

Add to Planner

Connect with what we’re learning

Resources