Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Truck Transportation Merit Badge


Truck Transportation




  1. List the major truck lines serving your town.
  2. Do the following:
        A. Describe the role of truck transportation within commerce (the movement of goods, funds, and
        B. Describe how trucks fit into a company's supply chain. This could be a manufacturer, importer,
              wholesaler, or retailer.
        C. On paper, map out how goods that are manufactured overseas are transported to a retailer in this
  3. Describe the difference between the gasoline engine and the diesel engine that power trucks. List the advantages of each.
  4. Visit a truck terminal and complete items 4a through 4e. After your visit, share what you have learned with your counselor.
        A. Find out what kind of maintenance program the company follows to help keep its fleet, drivers, and
              the roadway safe.
        B. Find out how dispatchers maintain communication with drivers on the road.
        C. Talk with a professional truck driver about safety. Learn about the truck driver's rules of the road for
              safe driving. List five safe-driving rules every professional truck driver must follow.
        D. Review the driver's log and find out what kind of information the log contains.
        E. Learn about important federal regulations that help ensure public safety.
  5. Do the following:
        A. Outline the general organization of a trucking company. Describe what each department does.
        B. List five positions with trucking companies and describe each one.
  6. Name five government agencies that work closely with the trucking industry. Describe their role.
  7. List five different kinds of trucks. Tell the service each provides.
  8. Assume that you are going to ship by truck 500 pounds of goods (freight class 65) from your town to another town 500 miles away. Your shipment must arrive within three days. Explain in writing:
        A. How to prepare the shipment
        B. How to compare at least three carriers for time in transit and rates
        C. How to choose which carrier to use
        D. How to insure the shipment for damages
  9. Define the following terms: bill of lading, ETA, logbook, intermodal, containers, tariff, shippers, carrier, consignee, drayage, cartage.
  10. Learn about opportunities in the field of truck transportation. Choose one career in which you are interested and discuss with your counselor the major responsibilities of that position and the qualifications, education, and training such a position requires.

Truck Transportation Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.