Motorboating Merit Badge
CLASS PREPARATION PAGE
 
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS
 
Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration.  Remember there will be others checking in as well and depending on the size of the class, and the event the class is being held in conjunction with, that registration may take a little time.

You should bring a blue card filled out properly for this class. - Scoutmaster Bucky Online participants - you will not be allowed to participate if you have not provided your signed blue card prior to the class - you should have forwarded your blue card to Scoutmaster Bucky prior to the class via email or postal mail:
Scoutmaster Bucky - 5724 Aldrich Avenue South  Minneapolis, Minnesota  55419.

If you are not familiar with how to fill out a blue card, you should familiarize yourself with Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card" document. Click here for Scoutmaster Bucky's "How To Fill Out A Blue Card".  Remember it is a Scout's responsibility to take care of their own blue card from beginning to end.
 
 
 
Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn for attending this Merit Badge session.   If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will insure that Scouts get the most out of these class opportunities. The merit badge pamphlet is a wealth of information that can make earning a merit badge a lot easier. It contains many of the answers and solutions needed or can at least provide direction as to where one can find the answers.

It is NOT acceptable to come unprepared to a Scoutmaster Bucky event. You can (and should) use the Scoutmaster Bucky Motorboating Merit Badge Workbook to help get a head start and organize your preparation work. Please note that the use of any workbook is merely for note taking and reference and completion of any Merit Badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scouts completion of any merit badge requirement(s). You can download the Scoutmaster Bucky Motorboating Merit Badge Workbook by clicking here .   If this link is not working please check the internet for other merit badge workbook options.

It should be noted that this merit badge class is not meant for those who just want to come and see what they can get done. It is possible to complete this merit badge by being properly prepared and having done the preparation work prior to the class. Preparation is a MUST 
 
 
Other Motorboating MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Motorboating Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Motorboating Merit Badge Workbook
 
Motorboating Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Motorboating MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Motorboating Merit Badge Things to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

1. Merit Badge Blue Card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster

2. Motorboating Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

4. Proper and appropriate swimwear

5. Proof of having passed your BSA Swimmer Test within the last 12 months (failure to provide this proof to the satisfaction of the Merit Badge Counselor and/or Class Instructor will negate your eligibilty to participate in the class.

6. Permission Slip signed by parent or guardian when and if required, by the facility or location the Motorboating activity is being held at (check with Scoutmaster Bucky if you are uncertain whether a permission slip is needed) 

7. Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to this merit badge which may also include a Merit Badge Workbook for reference with notes

8. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

SCOUTS MUST BE 12 YEARS OLD OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.  (In the State of Minnesota, operators between 12 and 17 years of age have the following restriction regarding motorboats: they must either have passed and obtained a watercraft operator's permit or there is a supervising person of at least 21 years of age on board the boat with access to the vessel’s controls) The instructor / counselor for this class is over 21 years of age and will conduct the class in accordance with Minnesota law.)

IT MUST BE NOTED THAT DUE TO THE SAFETY LEVEL REQUIRED FOR THIS MERIT BADGE CLASS, SCOUTS NOT FOLLOWING DIRECTION OR FAILING TO ADHERE TO CLASS INSTRUCTIONS MAY BE REMOVED FROM THE CLASS AND FORFEIT PARTICIPATION FEES AND PRIVILEGE OF CONTINUING TO PARTICIPATE. PARENT OR GUARDIAN WILL BE ASKED TO COME AND REMOVE SCOUT FROM THE EVENT.

 

1. Do the following:

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

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to explain their findings. Scouts will find the use of the Motorboating Merit Badge pamphlet to be very helpful in preparing for this requirement component.

b. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, bugbites, and blisters.

Scouts should review this requirement component and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge.

c.  Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how such conditions are recognized. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.

Scouts will work on this component in the class and have an opportunity to demonstrate their CPR technique.  Scouts should prepare for this requirement component by reading the merit badge pamphlet and making any notes they might want to reference to aid them in completing this component.

 

2. Do the following:

a. Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.

ALL SCOUTS SHOULD BRING PROOF OF HAVING PASSED THE BSA SWIMMER TEST IN THE PAST YEAR.  (A camp swimmers tag clearly showing it belongs to the Scout, a signed letter from a certified swimming instructor stating the Scout's competency as measured against the BSA Swimmer's test requirements, or a signed note from a BSA Swimming Merit Badge Counselor or Scoutmaster will suffice - parental notes are not enough for this due to the merit badge requirements.)

Even with this "proof" the counselor(s) reserve the right to retest any Scout that they deem necessary or to satisfy their interest in safety. Scouts not having any "proof" will be required to pass the BSA Swimmer Test prior to starting participation in the class.  Those not able to pass the BSA Swimmer Test may be dismissed from the class at the discretion of the counselor.  Those not able to pass the BSA Swimmer Test and allowed to stay in the class will be limited to "on land" requirements at the discretion of the counselor.

b. Name the different types of personal floatation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should be use. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.

Requirement 2b will be discussed in class, however only Scout who can actively share their findings as required in this requirement will be signed off on this component of the requirement. Scouts should make sure they have a general understanding of how to fit different types of life jackets that they might encounter and be prepared to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding during the class.

 

3. Do the following:

a. Explain inboard, outboard, and inboard/outboard motors, and the uses and advantages of each. Discuss the special features of a bass boat and a ski boat.

b. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and equipment storage and placement.

c. Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.

d. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water, passenger positions under way, and boat wakes.

Scouts need to review the merit badge pamphlet for requirement 3. All information needed to complete these parts of Requirement 3 can be found in the Motorboating Merit Badge pamphlet. It is recommended to utilize the Scoutmaster Bucky Motorboating Merit Badge workbook to make notes in and reference when sharing your knowledge during the class.

 

4. Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:

a. Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.

Check your local and state laws whether this is needed.

SCOUTS MUST BE 12 YEARS OLD OR OLDER TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS CLASS IN THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.  (In the State of Minnesota, operators between 12 and 17 years of age have the following restriction regarding motorboats: they must either have passed and obtained a watercraft operator's permit or there is a supervising person of at least 21 years of age on board the boat with access to the vessel’s controls) The instructor / counselor for this class is over 21 years of age and will conduct the class in accordance with Minnesota law.)

b. Explain the rules or laws that apply to recreational boating in your area or state.

Scouts will most likely need to utilize the Internet (with your parent's permission) to research information to complete this requirement.  Scouts should bring their findings to share with the counselor during the class and be prepared share their findings through explanation with the counselor.

c. Discuss how the hazards of weather and heavy water conditions can affect both safety and performance in motorboating.

Scouts should utilize the Motorboating Merit Badge pamphlet, and any other resources available, to prepare for discussion on this requirement component.  It is highly recommended to utilize a merit badge workbook or notebook to make notes for use during the class to aid in completion of this requirement component.

d. Promise that you will follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines. Explain the meaning of each point.

Scouts should review the BSA Safety Afloat policy prior to the class. It is NOT acceptable to attend the class not having read the BSA Safety Afloat policy and having a general understanding of it and how it applies to this merit badge and motorboating activities. Scouts clearly not having prepared ahead of class will not be allowed to continue participation in the class after arrival until they show their comprehension of this policy.

e. Discuss with your counselor the nautical rules of the road and describe the national and your state's aids to navigation.

Scouts will find the Internet to be the most reliable source for finding information on this requirement component as it relates to their local, state, and national laws on nautical navigation. Be sure to have your findings organized to properly participate in class discussion on this topic.

f. Explain and show the correct use of equipment required by both state and federal regulations to be carried aboard a motorboat.

While the merit badge instructor / counselor will help facilitate this requirement during the class, Scouts are still expected to arrive at the class with a knowledge on basic equipment and regulations that are utilized on most motorboat outings. Only Scouts who have prepared for this requirement component prior to the class AND actively participating in the class discussion, will have the opportunity of being considered for sign off on this requirement component.

g. Explain federal and state rules for a ventilation system, and tell why these rules are required.

While the Motorboating Merit Badge pamphlet will give a good overview of this requirement component, Scouts will need to utilize other resources to fully prepare for their explanation.  Scouts should not expect that they will be fed the information for completion of this requirement component. Only Scouts who have done preparation work and actively participate in class discussion will be considered for sign off on this requirement component during the class.

h. Explain the use of lights (sight signals) and sound signals on motorboats.

Scouts will find the current version of the Motorboating Merit Badge pamphlet to have all the information necessary to prepare for completion of this requirement. Scouts will have an opportunity to explain their understanding of this requirement component with the counselor during the class.  Be Prepared.

i. Discuss the common types of anchors used in motorboating and under what conditions each would be preferred. Explain proper anchoring techniques.

While the merit badge instructor / counselor will help facilitate this requirement during the class, Scouts are still expected to arrive at the class having reviewed information in the merit badge pamphlet, or other resources, to be prepared for discussion on this requirement component. Only Scouts who have prepared AND actively participate in the class discussion, will have the opportunity of being considered for sign off on this requirement component.

 

5. Demonstrate proper boat-handling procedures and skills by doing the following:

a. Board and assist others in boarding

b. Fuel the boat and complete a safety check

c. Get under way from dockside or from a beach launch

d. Run a course for at least a mile, showing procedures for overtaking and passing slower craft, yielding right-of-way, passing oncoming traffic, making turns, reversing direction, and using navigation aids.

e. Stop and secure the boat in position on the open water using anchors. Raise and stow the anchor and get under way.

f. Land or dock the boat, disembark, and assist others in doing the same.

g. Moor, dock, or beach the boat and secure all gear.

Requirement 5 and its components are all skill-based requirements. While the counselor will utilize the EDGE method; Explain, Demonstrate, Guide, and Enable to cover these requirements, it is still not a guarantee that all Scouts will complete each of the requirement components. Only Scouts who successfully demonstrate these skills to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on each requirement component. Every effort will be made to assist and accommodate each Scout however it MUST be noted that these are skill-based requirements. All Scouts will have an opportunity to demonstrate their ability to perform and maneuver for each of this requirement's components.

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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