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Canoeing - In-Person Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class for registration. Remember, there will be others checking in as well that registration may take a little time, depending on the size of the class and the event held in conjunction with the class.

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 (Scoutmater Bucky) via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com or on the phone at 612-483-0665.

Reviewing the merit badge pamphlet PRIOR to attending and doing preparation work will ensure 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 Canoeing 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. Completion of any merit badge workbook does not warrant, guarantee, or confirm a Scout's completion of any merit badge requirements.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Things to remember to bring for this merit badge class:

  • Merit badge blue card properly filled out and signed off by your Scoutmaster
  • Canoeing Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Canoeing merit badge, which may also include a merit badge workbook for reference with notes
  • A positive Scouting focus and attitude

Please read and understand the Scoutmaster Bucky Blue Card Process.

Canoeing - Online Class Notes

Please arrive with ample time prior to the start time of your class to ensure your connection to the online session is working properly. Ask people in your household to refrain from unnecessary internet usage, including but not limited to: streaming videos, online gaming, and other heavy bandwidth usage.

You will receive a link 12 to 24 hours before the class start time. Notification will come through the email address provided during the registration process, so please make sure you enter your email correctly.

Your Scout Uniform is required to be worn when attending this Online Merit Badge session. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact Brian Reiners; Scoutmaster Bucky via email at scoutmasterbucky@yahoo.com 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 online 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 American Business 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. 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 Canoeing Merit Badge Workbook for taking notes to help you prepare.

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! If you are not willing to participate to these expectations and standards, perhaps the Scoutmaster Bucky opportunity is not for you.

Canoeing Merit Badge
2020 Scouts BSA Requirements

Please make sure you read the top portion of this page for general participation expectations in a Scoutmaster Bucky merit badge class.

Pay careful attention to the action verbs within the requirements. An example to note:

"Tell", "explain", "describe", and "discuss" are commonly used and will require the Scout to perform these actions during the class. When these action verbs are a part of any requirement, Scouts are expected to be prepared to share. Reading responses is not acceptable since it does not fulfill the requirement of showing the Scout's knowledge and understanding.

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 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)

Name and point out the major parts of a canoe.

(b)

Describe how the 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 these 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 its 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 50 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

For stern paddling only:

(d)

J-stroke

(e)

Pushaway

(f)

Forward sweep

(g)

Reverse sweep

(h)

Rudder stroke

(i)

Stern pry

11.

Using the strokes 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)

Using a single-blade paddle and paddling only on one side, demonstrate proper form and use of a combination of a forward stroke, rudder stroke, and stern pry by canoeing to a target 50 yards away. 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 types of canoeing:

(a)

Olympic canoe sprint

(b)

Flatwater and river touring

(c)

Outrigger

(d)

Marathon

(e)

Freestyle

(f)

Whitewater

(g)

Canoe poling