Rowing 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 when 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 Rowing 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 Rowing 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 Rowing MERIT BADGE PAGES
 
Rowing Merit Badge Current Requirements
 
Scoutmaster Bucky's - Rowing Merit Badge Workbook
 
Rowing Merit Badge and Merit Badge History Page
 
Rowing MERIT BADGE SPECIFICS
 

Rowing Merit BadgeThings to remember to bring for this Merit Badge Class:

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

2. Rowing Merit Badge Pamphlet

3. Scout Uniform

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

5. A positive Scouting focus and attitude

 
REQUIREMENTS WITH SUGGESTED STUDY PREPARATION NOTES
 

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 participating in rowing activities, including weather- and water-related hazards, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

Scouts should review this requirement component and its elements and be prepared to explain hazards they might encounter participating in canoeing activities.

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

Scouts should review this requirement component and its elements and be prepared to discuss, demonstrate, explain, and show as necessary their first aid knowledge and proficiency as it applies to this merit badge as well as the ability to identify hazards likely to be encountered in canoeing activities.

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

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 canoeing 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.

 

2. Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.

ALL SCOUTS SHOULD BRING PROOF OF HAVING PASSED THE BSA SWIMMER TEST IN THE PAST YEAR.  (A camp swimmer's 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.

 

3. Review the characteristics of life jackets most appropriate for rowing and why one must always be worn while rowing. Then demonstrate how to select and fit a life jacket.

Requirement 5a will be discussed in class, however only Scout who can actively discuss their findings as required in this requirement will be signed off on this component of the requirement. Requirement 5b will be covered in the class, however 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.

 

4. Do ONE of the following:

a. Alone or with a passenger, do the following in either a fixed-seat or sliding-seat rowboat:

1. Launch.

2. Row in a straight line for 100 yards. Stop, pivot, and return to the starting point.

3. Backwater in a straight line for 25 yards. Make a turn under way and return to the starting point.

4. Land and moor or rack your craft.

Requirements 8 through 12 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 requirements and it's components. Only Scouts who successfully demonstrate these skills to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on each requirement and component therein. Some Scouts may find it difficult to complete some of these requirements simply due to physical development or other reasons. 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 the components in each of the requirements.

5. Tie the following mooring knots - clove hitch, roundturn with two half-hitches, bowline, Wellman's knot, and mooring hitch.

Scouts will need to show their proficiency in the following mooring knots. Below are some guides to use while refreshing one's self on how to tie a few of these knots. Only Scouts showing proficiency in these knots will be considered for sign off on Requirement 5.

 

CLOVE HITCH

ROUNDTURN WITH TWO HALF HITCHES

BOWLINE

WELLMAN'S KNOT



REFERENCE ROWING MERIT BADGE PAMPHLET FOR EXAMPLE OF THE WELLMAN'S KNOT

MOORING HITCH

b. Participate as a rowing team member in a competitive rowing meet. The team may be sponsored by a school, club, or Scout unit. The meet must include competition between two or more teams with different sponsors. Complete at least 10 hours of team practice prior to the meet.

 

5. Do ONE of the following:

a. In a fixed-seat rowboat, come alongside a pier and help a passenger into the boat. Pull away from the pier, change positions with your passenger, and demonstrate sculling over the stern or side. Resume your rowing position, return alongside the pier, and help your passenger out of the boat.

b. In a sliding-seat rowboat, come alongside a pier and, with your buddy assisting you, get out onto the pier. Help your buddy into the boat. Reverse roles with your buddy and repeat the procedure.

Requirements 8 through 12 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 requirements and it's components. Only Scouts who successfully demonstrate these skills to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on each requirement and component therein. Some Scouts may find it difficult to complete some of these requirements simply due to physical development or other reasons. 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 the components in each of the requirements.

 

6. Participate in a swamped boat drill including righting and stabilizing the craft, reboarding in deep water, and making headway. Tell why you should stay with a swamped boat.

Requirements 8 through 12 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 requirements and it's components. Only Scouts who successfully demonstrate these skills to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on each requirement and component therein. Some Scouts may find it difficult to complete some of these requirements simply due to physical development or other reasons. 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 the components in each of the requirements.

 

7. Alone in a rowboat, push off from the shore or a pier. Row 20 yards to a swimmer. While giving instructions to the swimmer, pivot the boat so that the swimmer can hold on to the stern. Tow him to shore.

Requirements 8 through 12 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 requirements and it's components. Only Scouts who successfully demonstrate these skills to the counselor's satisfaction will be signed off on each requirement and component therein. Some Scouts may find it difficult to complete some of these requirements simply due to physical development or other reasons. 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 the components in each of the requirements.

 

8. Describe the following:

a. Types of craft used in commercial, competitive, and recreational rowing.

b. Four common boatbuilding materials. Give some positive and negative points of each.

c. Types of oarlocks used in competitive and recreational rowing.

 

9. Discuss the following:

a. The advantage of feathering oars while rowing

b. Precautions regarding strong winds and heavy waves, and boat-handling procedures in rough water and windstorms

c. How to properly fit out and maintain a boat in season, and how to prepare and store a boat for winter

d. How to determine the proper length of oars

e. The differences between fixed-seat and sliding-seat rowing

f. The different meanings of the term sculling in fixed- and sliding-seat rowing

g. The health benefits from rowing for exercise

 

 
this page last reviewed / updated: April 2019
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