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Develop physical strength, confidence, and the ability to do hard things as you learn the details of running.


Plan a series of activities that will help you develop physical strength and endurance through running. 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 five-kilometer run or team relay race—from one of the fields of emphasis.

Fields of emphasis

Personal development

  • Invite a track coach from a local college, high school, or club to teach the team about the training, equipment, and nutrition needed for running.
  • Record a video of team members running, and use the videos to analyze proper running form, especially the way the foot strikes the ground.
  • Discuss appropriate training regimens for a 5K, 10K, half marathon and marathon. As the team, select one and compete as a team.


  • Conduct a track and field activity for a younger Scout group.
  • Volunteer at a community running event.

High adventure and sports

  • Participate in a local community race, such as a 5K, 10K, triathlon, or long-distance relay race.
  • Plan and participate in a race among other Varsity Scout teams.

Special programs and events

  • Attend a collegiate track and field meet.
  • Invite a local race timing company to teach a class on timing races. Discuss the timing technology and elements of a successful event.


  • Conduct a merit badge clinic for personal fitness. Gear your activities for this program around requirements 7 and 8.
  • Conduct a merit badge clinic for athletics.

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