BSA has created updated versions of the Troop Program features for Scouts BSA. The Cycling program feature is available in digital format on the BSA website or can be purchased as a publication from you local Scout Shop.
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.
As part of this program, Scouts will
- Learn about bicycle safety
- Be able to check the fit of a bicycle
- Go on rides which meet the requirements for the Cycling merit badge
Suggested troop meeting ideas are grouped by essential, challenging, or advanced. Here are a few you can see in the guide.
- Learn how to change tires and tubes (essential)
- Learn how to adjust the seat, brakes, and stem (essential)
- Learn how to ride around the neighborhood (essential)
- Train and prepare for a 50 mile ride (challenging)
- Learn about gear storage and gear for longer rides (advanced)
- Discuss safe cycling (essential)
- Learn hand signals (essential)
- Understand drafting (challenging)
- Understand how to avoid common injuries (challenging)
- Learn about long hill climbing and descent (advanced)
- Plan for a multi-day ride (advanced)
- Practice bike control (essential)
- Understand how to ride safely on streets and obey traffic laws (challenging)
- Learn how to carry gear on a bike (advanced)
- Discuss night riding (advanced)
- Learn the benefits of bike riding (essential)
- Discuss goal setting (essential)
- Learn about gear and clothing for year-round biking (challenging)
- Discuss racing, touring, and advanced level bikes (advanced)
There are also several games and challenges suggested to keep things interesting at your troop meetings
- Tire changing competition
- Obstacle course
- Safety trivia
- Skills competition
- Traffic rules test
- Evaluation rides
The plan even provides Scoutmaster’s minutes and ceremonies for meetings.
Then there is the “Main Event”. Once again, there are suggestions for essential, challenging, or advanced. Details and planning aids can be found in the online guide.
- Take a day ride (essential)
- Go on an overnight with two 50 mile rides (challenging)
- Go on a multi-day trek, carrying gear on bikes (advanced)
Find some related helps and achievements for the Safety Troop Program Feature below.