Merit Badge Workbook
This Scoutmaster Bucky Merit Badge Workbook is based off the 2020 Scouts BSA Requirements.
Requirement 1: Do the following:
Requirement 1a: 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.
Requirement 1b: Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, bugbites, and blisters.
Requirement 1c: 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.
Requirement 2: Do the following:
Requirement 2a: Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
Requirement 2b: 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.
Requirement 3: Do the following:
Requirement 3a: 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.
Requirement 3b: Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and equipment storage and placement.
Requirement 3c: Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.
Requirement 3d: Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water, passenger positions under way, and boat wakes.
Requirement 4: Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:
Requirement 4a: Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.
Requirement 4b: Explain the rules or laws that apply to recreational boating in your area or state.
Requirement 4c: Discuss how the hazards of weather and heavy water conditions can affect both safety and performance in motorboating.
Requirement 4d: Promise that you will follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines. Explain the meaning of each point.
Requirement 4e: Discuss with your counselor the nautical rules of the road and describe the national and your state's aids to navigation.
Requirement 4f: Explain and show the correct use of equipment required by both state and federal regulations to be carried aboard a motorboat.
Requirement 4g: Explain federal and state rules for a ventilation system, and tell why these rules are required.
Requirement 4h: Explain the use of lights (sight signals) and sound signals on motorboats.
Requirement 4i: Discuss the common types of anchors used in motorboating and under what conditions each would be preferred. Explain proper anchoring techniques.
Requirement 5: With your counselor or other adults on board, demonstrate proper boat-handling procedures and skills by doing the following:
Requirement 5a: Board and assist others in boarding.
Requirement 5b: Fuel the boat and complete a safety check.
Requirement 5c: Get under way from dockside or from a beach launch.
Requirement 5d: 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.
Requirement 5e: Stop and secure the boat in position on the open water using anchors. Raise and stow the anchor and get underway.
Requirement 5f: Land or dock the boat, disembark, and assist others in doing the same.
Requirement 5g: Moor, dock, or beach the boat and secure all gear.