Cycling is a fun outdoor activity for Scouts of all ages. Helmets are required for all BSA cycling activities. It is important to note that this applies to adults also. Your helmet isn’t going to do you much good if it doesn’t fit correctly. Here are some guidelines.
Cycling Troop Program Feature
The Cycling feature teaches Scouts use their bicycles safely as a means for transportation, a form of exercise, and for fun. Cycling can develop into a skill which encourages physical fitness and is an environmentally friendly of getting around.
Before riding a bike, Scouts should know how to do an inspection of the bicycle and check that it is in working order. The bike inspection checklist below will give you a good starting point. You will need to explain each step to the Scouts so they learn the terminology and why each part is important.
When I first looked at this badge, I didn’t realize that riding covers horseback riding, bike riding, motor-boating, or skating, Youth can choose any one of these activities to complete the requirements.
Scouts learn to keep themselves healthy while working on the Personal Fitness merit badge. They explore nutrition and exercise. They develop an exercise plan and carry it out over 12 weeks. They also find out about careers related to personal fitness.
For some cycling recogintions, Scouts must record the time or distance spent riding. A basic log sheet is located at the bottom of this post to help you complete this. If you really become interested in cycling, you might consider getting a simple bike computer to aid you in figuring out this data. These devices record the time spent riding, mileage, average speed, and more.