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Motorboating - 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 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. 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
  • Motorboating Merit Badge Pamphlet
  • Scout uniform
  • Supporting documentation or project work pertinent to the Motorboating 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.

Motorboating - 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 Motorboating 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.

Motorboating 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 motorboating, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.

(b)

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

(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.

2.

Do the following:

(a)

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

(b)

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

See the Swimming merit badge requirements for details about the BSA swimmer test.

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.

4.

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

(a)

Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.

(b)

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

(c)

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

(d)

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

(e)

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

(f)

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

(g)

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

(h)

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

(i)

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

5.

With your counselor or other adults on board, 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 underway.

(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.