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KAYAKING MERIT BADGE

 

 

The Kayaking Merit Badge is a lot of fun but takes some skill.  This Merit Badge can be earned at the same time as the Kayaking BSA Award; each however is its own award and earning one does not mean that all requirements have been done to earn the other.  not for the meek.  While many might think this just a game it is a centuries old practice of critical thinking skills, deeper concentration, and abstract reasoning. Scouts will learn fair play, score keeping, sharpen algebraic skills and notation as a part of this fun but dedicated badge.

If you like the Chess Merit Badge, consider also doing American Cultures, Athletics, or Sports.

 

Scoutmaster Bucky offered this merit badge:

       

 

 

 

Created:

2012

 

 

Scoutmaster Bucky Class Prep Page:

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Scoutmaster Bucky Workbook:

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Kayaking 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 hazards you are most likely to encounter while participating in kayaking activities, including weather and water-related hazards, 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 can occur while kayaking: blisters, cold-water shock and hypothermia, heat-related illnesses, dehydration, sunburn, sprains, and strains.

c. Review the BSA Safety Afloat policy. Explain to your counselor how this applies to kayaking.

 

2. Before doing requirements 3 through 8, successfully complete the BSA swimmer 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. Review the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for kayaking and understand why one must always be worn while paddling. Then demonstrate how to select and fit a life jacket for kayaking.

b. Review the importance of safety equipment such as a signal device, extra paddle, sponge, bilge pump, and throw bag.

 

4. Do the following:

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

b. Review the differences in the design between recreational, whitewater, and sea or touring kayaks. Include how length, width, stability, and rocker are involved in the design of each type.

c. Review the advantages and disadvantages of the materials most commonly used to make kayaks. Explain the care, maintenance, and storage of a kayak.

d. Using the trucker's hitch and bowline, demonstrate how to secure a kayak to a rack on a vehicle or a trailer, or to a rack on land.

 

5. Discuss the following:

a. How to choose a kayak paddle.

b. The different materials from which paddles are made, parts of a paddle, and the care and maintenance of a paddle.

 

6. Using a properly equipped kayak with an open cockpit, a sit-on-top, or an inflatable kayak, do the following:

a. Safely capsize and perform a wet exit.

b. Reenter the kayak with assistance from a buddy boat.

c. Demonstrate a kayak-over-kayak rescue.

d. Demonstrate the HELP position.

e. Capsize the kayak, swim it and the paddle to shore, and empty water from the kayak with assistance, if needed.

 

7. As a solo paddler, use a properly equipped kayak to demonstrate the following:

a. Forward stroke

b. Backstroke

c. Forward sweep

d. Reverse sweep

e. Draw stroke

f. Stern draw

 

8. As a solo paddler, use a properly equipped kayak to demonstrate the following:

a. Paddle a straight line for 25 yards, make a sharp turn, and return 25 yards in a straight line.

b. Spin or pivot 360 degrees to the right and 360 degrees to the left.

c. Move abeam to the right 10 feet and to the left 10 feet.

d. Stop the boat in one boat length.

e. Paddle a buoyed course of a length determined by your counselor that includes two right turns and two left turns performed while under way.

 

this page last reviewed and updated - December 2015