Personal Fitness: 1 mile vs. 1600 meters

Camping, Citizenship in the Community, Citizenship in the Nation, Citizenship in the World, Communications, Cycling, Emergency Preparedness, Environmental Science, Family Life, First Aid, Hiking, Lifesaving, Personal Fitness, Personal Management, and Swimming.

Moderators: Site Admin, Moderators

Personal Fitness: 1 mile vs. 1600 meters

Postby Chip » Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:20 pm

Requirement 6 for Personal Fitness states the candidate must either run/walk as far as possible in 9 minutes or measure the time for a 1 mile run/walk. All the running tracks in our area are metric, so 4 laps = 1600 meters, just a bit short of a mile. Do other counselors use an exact measured mile for this requirement or do they accept 1600 meters?
Posts: 6
Joined: Tue Feb 08, 2005 6:12 pm

Postby wagionvigil » Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:22 pm

Both meet the spirit of the requirement
NER Area 4 COPE/Climbing Chairman
NE Area 4 Venturing Chairman
"If You Ain't a Bear, You're a Meal!"
Posts: 5457
Joined: Wed Aug 11, 2004 7:01 am
Location: Westmoreland-Fayette Council BSA

Postby FrankJ » Tue Dec 11, 2007 6:28 pm

This is good reason to meet with the MBC before starting a merit badge. If it were me, I would measure the distance traveled in 9 Min in meters, which meet the requirement of the merit badge. Or if your heart is set on running a mile, run 4 laps + nine meters. (A boy scout should be able to pace off 9 meters :) )
Frank J.
Venturing Crew Adviser, Assistant Scout Master, Renegade Merit Badge Counselor
Owl-2 WB 92-49
Foothills District Atlanta Area Council
I never teach my pupils. I only attempt to provide the conditions in which they can learn.--Albert Einstein
Gold Palm
Posts: 1640
Joined: Fri Jan 13, 2006 1:25 am
Location: Atlanta Area Council Foothills District

Postby pipestone1991 » Tue Dec 11, 2007 10:51 pm

wagionvigil wrote:Both meet the spirit of the requirement

I agree with wagionvigil. It fits the spirit.
Eagle ScoutGold Palm2007
Philmont 801-E2 2006
Bronze Palm
Posts: 840
Joined: Fri Jul 07, 2006 7:45 am
Location: Buckeye Council

Postby jr56 » Wed Dec 12, 2007 2:04 pm

In my opinion it fits the spirit of the requirement, but the final determination would rest with the MBC.
Bronze Palm
Posts: 672
Joined: Thu Sep 21, 2006 10:15 am
Location: Glacier's Edge Council, WI

Postby WeeWillie » Mon Dec 17, 2007 8:05 am

If you had the choice between flying a plane that was inspected in accordance with the safety inspection checklist, or one that was inspected in the spirit of the safety inspection checklist, which would you choose? Every day we depend on others doing this right rather than what was convenient. When you pace off the extra distance, what are you teaching your Scouts?
Mike Wilson
MBC, Cochise District, Catalina Council, Sierra Vista, AZ
Posts: 450
Joined: Wed May 31, 2006 11:40 pm
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ

Postby AquilaNegra » Wed Dec 19, 2007 4:30 am

Run the extra nine meters... "no more, no less."

Postby evmori » Wed Dec 19, 2007 8:16 am

Run the extra yard! Don't run the extra yard! What does the MB counselor want?
Ed Mori
1 Peter 4:10
Gold Palm
Posts: 1109
Joined: Thu Aug 12, 2004 3:24 pm
Location: Greater Pittsburgh Pittsburgh, PA

Return to Merit Badges -- Eagle Required

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 2 guests