Scout's Personal Fitness Merit Badge

The Personal Fitness Merit Badge is earned by US Scouts who take an active role in their own physical health and understand the requirements of a fit lifestyle. This badge is a requirement for the Eagle Scout Award. Fitness testing only forms a part of the Personal Fitness Merit Badge requirements. On this page we will only list and discuss the fitness tests component - for all other items you should consult official Scout documents.

Merit Badge Requirements

As part of the Personal Fitness Merit Badge, scouts are required to complete tests of aerobic fitness, flexibility, muscular strength, and body composition, as described in the Personal Fitness merit badge pamphlet. The results need to be recorded and the areas that need improvement identified.

Scout merit badgeAbout Merit Badges

Merit Badges are awarded to Scouts who complete the requirements for each badge. Merit Badges such as the Personal Fitness Merit Badge are to be worn on their scout sash.

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