What is the most difficult Merit Badge – How To Earn Cycling

What is the most difficult Merit Badge – How To Earn Cycling

Hey guys, Mac Guzman here. This video explains how to earn the Cycling merit badge. This was the most difficult Merit Badge I have earned so far, mostly due to the amount of cycling trips.

The requirements include:

– Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter.

– Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while cycling.

– Explain the importance of wearing a properly sized and fitted helmet while cycling. Know the BSA Bike Safety Guidelines.

– Clean and adjust a bicycle, show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection.

– Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made.

– Describe how to brake safely with foot brakes and with hand brakes.

– Show how to repair a flat by removing the tire, replacing or patching the tube, and remounting the tire.

– Describe your state and local traffic laws for bicycles. Compare them with motor-vehicle laws.

– Using the BSA buddy system, complete all of the requirements for ONE of the following options: road biking OR mountain biking.

— Two rides of 2 miles each, two rides of 5 miles each, and two rides of 8 miles each (list dates for the routes traveled, and interesting things seen).

— Last Requirement for the Mountain Biking Option: After fulfilling the previous requirement, lay out on a trail map a 22-mile trip. You may include multiple trail systems, if needed. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in six hours.

I hope you have gained something from watching this, and stay tuned for more information on how earn Eagle Scout in only 24 months.

Yours in Scouting -Mac Guzman

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) includes Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA (formerly Boy Scouts), Venturing, Sea Scouts, and Exploring. The BSA has 2.4 million youth participants and nearly one million adult volunteers. For the first time in its 100+ year history, Boy Scouts is open to both young men and young women aged 11-17. The BSA National Council is classified by the IRS as a 501(c)3 non-profit and qualifies as a charitable organization.

Scout Oath: “On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country and to obey the Scout Law; to help other people at all times; to keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.”

Scout Law: “A Scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent.”

Scout Mission: “The mission of the Boy Scouts of America is to prepare young people to make ethical and moral choices over their lifetimes by instilling in them the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law.”

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  1. M Terry on February 25, 2020 at 10:54 pm

    I had a question in regards to Road Biking VS Mtn Biking. On the 22 mile trip it looks like you are on a paved path. I thought about doing this with my troop but someone questioned me on whether that was Road or Mtn biking. I said it says to use Multiple types of trails so that counts right.

  2. Noscope 619 on February 25, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    What if my bike has hydraulic disk brakes and tubeless tires?

  3. BlueWhaleLord on February 25, 2020 at 11:00 pm

    This is one of my favorite Scout videos.

  4. Anger Family on February 25, 2020 at 11:03 pm

    Sounds like too much exercise to me, great job👍😁

  5. Kids Cook on February 25, 2020 at 11:23 pm

    cool video, looks fun

  6. Eagle Scout Mac Guzman on February 25, 2020 at 11:34 pm

    I know I was supposed to post this yesterday at noon. But I was on my cycling trip yesterday and did not have enough time to do a good job editing. I hope you like the result an see you next week for my monthly status update!

  7. Malagu 4Ever on February 25, 2020 at 11:37 pm

    Great job.

  8. SimpLee Beth on February 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    That looks like some great bike paths! What state are you in?

  9. B B on February 25, 2020 at 11:53 pm

    Great video. But with all due respect, that is not mountain biking. But thats on the merit badge counselor for approving the trail. With that said, in my opinion both the road and the MTB requirements for this MB are unrealistic for younger scouts, unless they are riding several days a week for up to a year, leading up to the big ride.

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