Cycling Merit Badge (Eagle Required )
The Cycling merit badge is one of three possible physical activity merit badges that are required to earn the Eagle Scout rank (the other two are Swimming, or Hiking). The Cycling merit badge can be a very challenging merit badge to complete. North Star District is fortunate to have a registered Cycling merit badge counselor (Mr. Jeffery Sailer) willing to work with troops on putting on a Cycling merit badge course. Mr. Sailer is the Scoutmaster for Troop 723 in Carrollton, and is a 5000 mile a year cycle commuter. His course is built for 2 Saturday sessions of classroom and the basics, followed by a group of 7 rides; 2 of 10 miles; 2 of 15 miles; 2 of 25 miles and ending with a 50 miler. For more information you can contact Mr. Sailer.
The merit badge requirements are listed below.
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while cycling, including hypothermia, heat reactions, frostbite, dehydration, insect stings, tick bites, snakebites, blisters, and hyperventilation.
- Clean and adjust a bicycle. Prepare it for inspection using a bicycle safety checklist. Be sure the bicycle meets local laws.
- Show your bicycle to your counselor for inspection. Point out the adjustments or repairs you have made. Do the following:
- Show all points that need oiling regularly.
- Show points that should be checked regularly to make sure the bicycle is safe to ride.
- Show how to adjust brakes, seat level and height, and steering tube.
- Describe how to brake safely with foot brakes and with hand brakes.
- Show how to repair a flat. Use an old bicycle tire.
- Take a road test with your counselor and demonstrate the following:
- Properly mount, pedal, and brake including emergency stops.
- On an urban street with light traffic, properly execute a left turn from the center of the street; also demonstrate an alternate left turn technique used during periods of heavy traffic.
- Properly execute a right turn.
- Demonstrate appropriate actions at a right-turn-only lane when you are continuing straight.
- Show proper curbside and road-edge riding. Show how to safely ride along a row of parked cars.
- Cross railroad tracks properly.
- Describe your state’s traffic laws for bicycles. Compare them with motor-vehicle laws. Know the bicycle-safety guidelines.
- Avoiding main highways, take two rides of 10 miles each, two rides of 15 miles each, and two rides of 25 miles each. You must make a report of the rides taken. List dates, routes traveled, and interesting things seen.*
- After fulfilling requirement 8, lay out on a road map a 50-mile trip. Stay away from main highways. Using your map, make this ride in eight hours.
Course Materials Required
- Road worthy, multi-geared bicycle
- Cycling merit badge book
- Need to be challenged and have fun
Important BSA Safety information on activities
Cub Scouts and Webelos Scouts: Bicycling Belt loop and Activity Pin
Jeff also can instruct the Bicycling belt loop and the activity pin. Contact him for more details
Cycling Trails in the area
City of Carrollton- 2.75 miles one way
City of Irving -15 miles both ways
City of Dallas-6 to 30 miles-Several Trails
City of Ft Worth Trinity Trails 5-45 miles- Several Trails
City of Plano 5 to 50 miles of Trails and Street Routes- Several Trails-good street riding
City of Denton- 9.5 miles Denton Rail Trail-One way
Cycling Related Websites
Map My Ride-Great Mapping program. Does cost to print - Warning may have some questionable advertising.
Mountain Bike Trails
Rowlett Creek Preserve - 14 miles all levels of riding
2525 Castle Drive at Centerville Road
Plano-Arbor Hills Trails -2.7 miles all levels of riding
Irving-L.B. Houston Nature Trail – 5 miles great for beginners
Cross Timbers Lake Texhoma- 14 miles great week end campout