A merit badge
for Boy scouts
. This is a required badge for Eagle
. Taken from meritbadge.com:
If meeting any of the requirements for this merit badge is against the Scout's
religious convictions, it does not have to be done if the Scout's parents and proper
religious advisors state in writing that
- To do so would be against religious convictions.
- The parents accept full responsibility for anything that might happen because of such
exemption. They release the Boy Scouts of America from any responsibility.
- Before you try to meet any other requirements, have your health-care provider
give you a physical examination, using the Scout medical examination form. Describe the
examination. Tell what questions you were asked about your health. Tell what health or
medical recommendations were made and report what you have done in response to the
Explain the following:
- Why physical exams are important
- Why preventative habits are important in maintaining good health
- Diseases that can be prevented and how
- The seven warning signs of cancer
- The youth risk factors that affect cardiovascular fitness in
- Have an examination made by your dentist. Get a statement saying that your teeth have
been checked and cared for. Tell how to care for your teeth.
- Explain to your merit badge counselor verbally or in writing what personal fitness means
to you, including:
- Components of personal fitness.
- Reasons for being fit in all components.
- What it means to be mentally healthy.
- What it means to be physically healthy and fit.
- What it means to be socially healthy. Discuss your activity in the eight areas
of healthy social fitness.
- What can you do to prevent social, emotional, or mental problems.
- With your counselor answer and discuss the following questions:
- Are you free from all curable diseases? Are you living in such a way that your
risk of preventable diseases is minimized?
- Are you immunized and vaccinated according to the advice of your health-care
- Do you understand the meaning of a nutritious diet and know why it is important
for you? Does your diet include foods from all the food groups?
- Are your body weight and composition what you would like them to be, and do you
know how to modify them safely through exercise, diet, and behavior modification?
- Do you carry out daily activities without noticeable effort? Do you have extra
energy for other activities?
- Are you free from habits relating to nutrition and the use of alcohol, tobacco,
drugs, and other practices that could be harmful to your health?
- Do you participate in a regular exercise program or recreational activities?
- Do you sleep well at night and wake up feeling refreshed and energized for the
- Are you actively involved in the religious organization of your choice, and do
you participate in their youth activities?
- Do you spend quality time with your family and friends in social and
- Do you support family activities and efforts to maintain a good home life?
- Explain the following about physical fitness:
- The components of physical fitness
- Your weakest and strongest component of physical fitness
- The need to have a balance in all four components of physical fitness
- How the components of personal fitness relate to the Scout Law and Scout Oath
- Explain the following about nutrition:
- The importance of good nutrition
- What good nutrition means to you
- How good nutrition is related to the other components of personal fitness
- The three components of a sound weight (fat) control program
- Before doing requirements 7 and 8, complete the aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscular
strength, and body composition tests as described in the Personal Fitness merit
badge pamphlet. Record your results and identify those areas where you feel you need to
Aerobic Fitness Test
Record your performance on one of the following tests:
- Run/walk as far as you can in nine minutes
- Run/walk one mile as fast as you can
Using a sit-and-reach box constructed according to specifications in this merit badge
pamphlet, make four repetitions and record the fourth reach. This last reach must be held
for 15 seconds to qualify.
Muscular Strength Test
You must use the sit-up test and EITHER the pull-up or push-up test.
- Sit-ups. Record the number of sit-ups done correctly in 60 seconds. The
sit-ups must be done in the form explained and illustrated in this merit badge pamphlet.
- Pull-ups. Record the total number of pull-ups completed consistent with
the procedures presented in this merit badge pamphlet.
- Push-ups. Record the total number of push-ups completed consistent with
the procedures presented in this merit badge pamphlet.
Body Composition Test
Have your parent, counselor, or other adult take and record the following measurements:
- Circumference of the right upper arm, midway between the shoulder and the elbow, with
the arm hanging naturally and not flexed.
- Shoulders, with arms hanging by placing the tape two inches below the top of the
shoulder and around the arms, chest, and back during breath expiration.
- Chest, by placing the tape under the arms and around the chest and back at the nipple
line during breath expiration.
- Abdomen circumference at navel level (relaxed).
- Right thigh, midway between the hip and the knee.
If possible, have the same person take the measurements whenever they are recorded.
- Outline a comprehensive 12-week physical fitness program using the results of your
fitness tests. Be sure your program incorporates the endurance, intensity, and warm-up
guidelines discussed in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. Before beginning your
exercises, have the program approved by your counselor and parents.
- Complete the physical fitness program you outlined in requirement 7. Keep a log of your
fitness program activity (how long you exercised; how far you ran, swam, or biked; how
many exercise repetitions you completed; your exercise heart rate; etc.). Repeat the
aerobic fitness, muscular strength, and flexibility tests every two weeks and record your
results. After the 12th week, repeat all four tests, record your results, and show
improvement in each one. Compare and analyze your preprogram and postprogram body
composition measurements. Discuss the meaning and benefit of your experience.
- Describe your long-term plans regarding your personal fitness.