Skating Merit Badge Requirements and Worksheet


Skating Merit Badge

Skating Merit Badge


Requirements for the Skating merit badge:

  1. 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.
  2. Complete ALL of the requirements for ONE of the following options.

    Ice Skating

    1. 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 skates for long periods of time, such as seasonal storage.
    2. 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 picks if wearing figure skates.
    3. Do the following:
      1. Glide backward on two feet for at leaast two times the skater's height.
      2. Skate backward 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.
    4. Do the following:
      1. Perform a forward shoot-the-duck until you’re nearly stopped. Rise while still on one foot.
      2. Perform forward crossovers in a figure eight pattern.
      3. Take part in a relay race.
      4. Perform a hockey stop.

    Roller Skating

    1. Do the following:
      1. Give general safety and etiquette rules for roller skating.
      2. Discuss the parts and functions of the roller skate.
      3. Describe five essential steps to good skate care.
    2. Do the following:
      1. Skate forward with smooth, linked strokes on two feet for at least 100 feet in both directions around the rink and demonstrate proper techniques for stopping.
      2. Skate forward and glide at least 15 feet on one skate, then on the other skate.
    3. Do the following:
      1. Perform the crosscut.
      2. Skate backward for at least 40 feet on two skates, then for at least 15 feet on one skate.
      3. Skate forward in a slalom pattern for at least 40 feet on two skates, then for at least 20 feet on one skate.
      4. Skate backward in a slalom pattern for at least 15 feet on two skates.
    4. Do the following:
      1. Shuttle skate once around the rink, bending twice along the way without stopping.
      2. Perform a widespread eagle.
      3. Perform a mohawk.
      4. Perform a series of two consecutive spins on skates, OR hop, skip, and jump on skates for at least 10 feet.
    5. Do the following:
      1. Race on a speed track, demonstrating proper technique in starting, cornering, passing, and pacing.
      2. Perform the limbo under a pole placed at least chest-high OR shoot-the-duck under a waist-high pole and rise while still on one foot.
      3. Perform the stepover.
      4. While skating, dribble a basketball the length of the floor, then return to your starting position, OR push a hockey ball with a stick around the entire rink in both directions.

    In-Line Skating

    1. Do the following:
      1. Give general and in-line skating safety rules and etiquette.
      2. Describe the parts and functions of the in-line skate.
      3. Describe the required and recommended safety equipment.
      4. Describe four essential steps to good skate care.
    2. Do the following:
      1. Skate forward with smooth, linked strokes on two feet for at least 100 feet.
      2. Skate forward and glide at least 15 feet on one skate, then on the other skate.
      3. Stop on command on flat pavement using the heel brake.
    3. Do the following:
      1. Perform the forward crossover.
      2. Perform a series of forward, linked swizzles for at least 40 feet.
      3. Skate backward for at least 40 feet in a series of linked, backward swizzles.
      4. From a b pace, perform a lunge turn around an object predetermined by your counselor.
      5. Perform a mohawk.
    4. Do the following:
      1. Perform a series of at least four one-footed downhill slaloms on pavement with a gentle slope.
      2. Describe how to pass a pedestrian or another skater from behind.
      3. Describe at least three ways to avoid an unforeseen obstacle while skating.
      4. Describe two ways to get on and off a curb, and demonstrate at least one of these methods.

Skating Worksheet



Comments:
 Dec 18, 2012 - Linda Berkebile
I have a concern about the one requirement on the ice skating part.  Why of all maneuvers are you requiring a shoot the duck D-1?  This is a very hard element to learn.  all of the other ones required are the very begining elements in ISI recreation/instruction skating that most rinks use.  see the website for what levels require which elements. www.skateisi.com/site/sub.cfm?content=testing_requirements
THe shoot the duck is not even mandetory to learn with in ISI.  It is given as an option in the Delta Level to do that or the lunge.  That being said can or could the lunge be used in place of shoot the duck?
Dec 18, 2012 - Scouter Paul
"WHY" is a question you'd need to ask BSA National. See merit badge page for help in suggesting merit badge modifications.
Alternate skills are not allowed in merit badges.  For a scout to earn a merit badge, he should complete all the requirements as written.

Mar 07, 2013 - Laurie Reitinger
When will this merit badge include skateboarding?  The Guide to Safe Scouting, Skating Guidelines includes it - "Skating, which includes ice skating, skateboarding, rollerskating, and in-line skating (rollerblading), is fun and healthy."  And there is skateboarding planned at the National Jamboree.
Mar 08, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Laurie - You'd need to contact the national BSA to find out for sure, but I expect the answer to your question is "Never".  Skateboarding will never be included because of the very high injury rate.  The other skating devices are attached to the feet, while the skateboard is not.
May 01, 2013 - Terry Eckberg
My son only skates with roller hockey skates, which do not have any brakes.  Is just stopping good enough, regardless of equipment.
May 01, 2013 - Scouter Paul
Terry - That's up to the merit badge counselor.  I expect the intent of the 'stopping' requirement in the three options is to demonstrate safe stopping ability using appropriate equipment.  If the counselor interprets it the same way, then the scout can complete the requirement without a heel brake.  If the counselor inteprets it that specifically a heel brake is required, then not.  And, the requirement literally says 'heel brake'.
Jun 20, 2013 - Lisa Shields
If our troop does not have a counselor, is a professional in the badge area acceptable?
Jun 20, 2013 - Scouter Paul
@Lisa - A person registered as a merit badge counselor with the BSA is required.  This helps with youth safety and costs the counselor no money.
You could contact your district advancement chair to find other counselors for specific merit badges in your district or council.
Feb 24, 2014 - Laura
I have to concur with the person who questions the merit of the shoot the duck position. My son plays travel hockey on a competitive club team. We travel all over the country to participate in hockey games and tournaments. Practice at this level is highly sophisticated and the USA Hockey requirements are closely adhered to. This position you are requiring is above and beyond any other requirement. The position is a "fun-to-try" position for the hockey skaters, helping them to improve their strength and balance. I do not know why such a requirement is appropriate for this badge.

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