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CANOEING MERIT BADGE

 

 

The Canoeing Merit Badge, although not required, you will find a lot easier to earn if you already have completed your Swimming Merit Badge, First Aid Merit Badge and your 1st Class rank.  Many of the requirements for canoeing are done in these areas and will make the Canoeing Merit Badge much easier to complete.

If you like the Canoeing Merit Badge, consider also doing Rowing or Small-Boat Sailing.  You  might also consider working on the Canoeing Merit Badge BEFORE the Whitewater Merit Badge.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

Saturday June 26, 2010

Minneapolis, MN

 

 29 Scouts

Friday June 25, 2010

Minneapolis, MN

 

38 Scouts

Saturday June 27, 2009

Minneapolis, MN

 

60 Scouts

 

 

 

Created:

1927

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Canoeing Merit Badge History Page:

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MERIT BADGE REQUIREMENTS

source: Boy Scout Requirements, 2015 Edition

 

1. Do the following:

a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while participating in canoeing activities and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

b. Review prevention symptoms and first aid treatment for the following injuries or illnesses that could occur while canoeing: blisters, cold-water shock and hypothermia, dehydration, heat-related illnesses, sunburn, sprains, and strains.

c. Discuss the BSA Safety Afloat policy.  Tell how it applies to canoeing activities.

 

2. Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA simmer test: jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth.  Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.

 

3. Do the following:

a. Name and point out the major parts of a canoe.

b. Describe how length and shape of a canoe affect its performance

c. Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the different materials used to make canoes.

 

4. Do the following:

a. Name and point out the parts of a paddle.  Explain the difference between a straight and bent-shaft paddle and when each is best used.

b. Demonstrate how to size correctly a paddle for a paddler in a sitting position and a kneeling position.

 

5. Do the following:

a. Discuss with your counselor the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for canoeing and tell why a life jacket must always be worn while paddling.

b. Demonstrate how to select and properly fit the correct size life jacket.

 

6. Discuss with your counselor the general care and maintenance of canoes, paddles, and other canoeing equipment.

 

7. Do the following:

a. Discuss what personal and group equipment would be appropriate for a canoe camping trip. Describe how personal and group equipment can be packed and protected from water.

b. Using the containers and packs from Requirement 7a, demonstrate how to load and secure the containers and other equipment in the canoe.

c. Using appropriate knots, including a trucker's hitch, tautline hitch, and bowline, demonstrate how to secure a canoe to a vehicle or a trailer, or if those are not available, a rack on land.

 

8. With a companion, use a properly equipped canoe to demonstrate the following:

a. Safely carry and launch the canoe from a dock or shore (both, if possible).

b. Safely land the canoe on a dock or shore (both, if possible) and return it to the proper storage location.

c. Demonstrate kneeling and sitting positions in a canoe and explain the proper use for each position.

d. Change places while afloat in the canoe.

 

9. With a companion, use a properly equipped canoe to demonstrate the following:

a. In deep water, exit the canoe and get back in without capsizing.

b. Safely perform a controlled capsize of the canoe and demonstrate how staying with a capsized canoe will support both paddlers.

c. Swim, tow, or push a swamped canoe fifty feet to shallow water. In the shallow water, empty the swamped canoe and reenter it.

d. In deep water, rescue a swamped canoe and its paddlers by emptying the swamped canoe and helping the paddlers safely reenter their boat without capsizing.

 

10. With a companion, use a properly equipped canoe to demonstrate the following paddling strokes as both a bow and stern paddler:

a. Forward stroke

b. Backstroke

c. Draw

d. Pushaway

e. Forward sweep

f. Reverse sweep

For stern paddling only:

g. J-Stroke

h. Rudder stroke

 

11. Using the stroke in Requirement 10, and in an order determined by your counselor, use a properly equipped canoe to demonstrate the following tandem maneuvers while paddling on opposite sides and without changing sides. Each paddler must demonstrate these maneuvers in both the bow and stern and on opposite paddling sides:

a. Pivot or spin the canoe in either direction

b. Move the canoe sideways or abeam in either direction

c. Stop the canoe

d. Move the canoe in a straight line for 50 yards

 

12. Use a properly equipped canoe to demonstrate solo canoe handling:

a. Launch from shore or a pier (both, if possible)

b. Using a single-blade paddle and paddling only on one side, demonstrate proper form and use of the forward stroke, backstroke, draw stroke, pushaway stroke, forward sweep, reverse sweep, J-stroke, and rudder stroke. Repeat while paddling on the other side

c. While paddling on one side only, paddle a 50-yard course making at least one turn underway and one reverse of direction. Repeat while paddling on the other side

d. Make a proper landing at a dock or shore (both, if possible). Store canoe properly (with assistance, if needed)

 

13. Discuss the following type of canoeing:

a. Olympic canoe sprint

b. Flatwater and river touring

c. Outrigger

d. Marathon

e. Freestyle

f. Whitewater

g. Canoe poling

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015