Discover Health and Safety
By Eleanor Gunby
Trampolining can be a very dangerous sport. Landing on your head or neck can cause serious injury, paralysis, or death, even when landing in the middle of the bed. This badge is considered high risk and should only be earned under the supervision of an adult trained in sport. Troop leaders must gain parental permission with a signed permission slip verifying understanding of the risks involved.
(Higher level requirements may be used as optional requirements with parent permission)
Penguin: Do three requirements including the two starred
_____1. * Demonstrate knowledge about safety rules on and around a trampoline.
Great website for trampoline safety rules:
_____2* Learn why stretching is important. Learn some basic stretches and how to do them properly.
Otter: Do four requirements including the two starred
_____1* Do Penguin requirements 1 and 2. Be able to perform three jumps from the basic skills list below and put them together in a routine of 10 moves.
Straight Jump – A vertical jump with the body held straight and arms in a straight line above the body at take-off.
Tuck Jump – From a straight jump start, the knees are pulled up to the chest and the hands must at least briefly grasp the legs between the knees and ankle.
Pike Jump – Again from a straight jump start, the legs are straight, held together and lifted parallel to the trampoline and the arms and body reach forwards towards the pointed toes.
Straddle Jump – Similar to the pike jump except that the legs are spread sideways approximately 90° apart and the arms reach forward towards the pointed toes.
Seat Drop or Seat Landing – Landing in a seated position with the legs straight. The hands support the body on either side and very slightly behind the posterior, palms down with fingers pointed towards the pointed toes.
Seat Landing Half Twist to Seat Landing or Swivel Hips – Performing a seat landing, bounce up to a straight position (without landing) and then perform a half twist and land in the second seat landing facing in the opposite direction.
Half Twist and Full Twist – While in a straight jump position rotating the body until facing the opposite direction for a half twist or a complete 360° rotation for a full twist.
Front Drop or Front Landing – Landing horizontally on the bed, face down, with the arms bent to form a diamond shape with the hands overlapping slightly in front of the face. The legs should be bent slightly at the knee but otherwise held in tension for a good landing.
Back Drop or Back Landing – Landing on the bed on the back. The legs are bent up at about 90° on landing with legs held straight and the head is held in line with the body flat on the bed (to avoid whiplash injury).
_____2* Know how to dress when practicing, also know what the safety rules are and be able to apply them.
Dolphin: Do five requirements including the two starred
_____1*Do Otter requirements 1 and 2. Create a routine using all ten skills from the basic skills list.
_____2* Watch one competition, either on television or in person.
Butterfly: Do six requirements including the two starred
_____1*Do Dolphin requirements 1 and 2, but be able to complete two different ten skill routines.
_____2* Learn how trampolinists are judged
Eagle: Do seven requirements including the two starred
_____1* Do Butterfly requirements 1 and 2.
_____2* Be knowledgeable in trampoline vocabulary, know at least 20 different terms
Owl: Do nine requirements including the two starred:
_____ 1. * Do Eagle requirements 1 & 2
_____ 2. * Teach someone how to do a skill from this badge or teach some knowledge about this badge to someone. You can teach kids, your spouse, seniors, anyone, just as long as you are sharing your new found knowledge. If for some reason you cannot teach what you have learned to someone else, you may choose an additional 2 optional requirements instead.
_____3. Participate in a service project that involves trampolining. Examples are helping raise money for your gym or to get other people interested in trampolining.
_____4. Read a book about trampolining.
_____5. Learn about the different types of trampolining- double mini and synchronized and individual. Take part in two of the disciplines.
_____6. Take part in a competition
_____7. What are the different levels of trampolining? How to you advance to each level? What competitions are available for each level?
_____8. Learn about the history of trampolining. How did it develop? How has it changed over the years? When was it recognized as a sport? When did it become an Olympic sport?
_____9. Trampolining is classed as gymnastics. Learn about the other types of gymnastics both artistic and rhythmic. How is gymnastics different for boys and girls? What events do only boys compete in? What events do only girls compete in?
_____10. Learn five conditioning exercises used in trampolining. Why is conditioning important?
_____11. Pick a trampolinist and learn about him/her. Write a report about him/her.
_____12. What careers are available in trampolining? Research the different jobs available. Which one would you pick?
_____13. Learn about the importance of good sportsmanship. Earn the Sportsmanship badge.
_____14. Are there scholarships available for trampolining? Learn about what universities have them and find out what an athlete needs to do to get one?
_____15. Create a booklet for younger children explaining how to trampoline.
(This website lists basic, intermediate and advanced skills plus other trampolining terms)