National Outdoor Badges

National Outdoor Badges – Aquatics

Last August, BSA released its new Outdoor awards. These awards recognize Boy Scouts and Varsity Scouts who really get into outdoor activities. The five badges are for camping, hiking, aquatics, riding, and adventure. There is a center badge which is earned when the first badge is earned also. There are also gold and silver devices which can be attached to the badges for additional achievements.

I wrote previous  posts about the camping award, the hiking award, and the riding award. Today I am promoting the aquatics award.

This award is for scouts who can’t get enough time on the water. At first glance, this looks like a lot of time. But I am thinking about all of the time my oldest, JD, has spent on the water. He has the Swimming, Lifesaving, Canoeing, Rowing, and Small Boat Sailing merit badges. He has the Kayaking BSA award. He had done the mile swim several times. He has also spent countless hours during free time at summer camp swimming, sailing, and kayaking. So if he sits down and adds it all up, he might have enough hours for this badge. You can learn more about this program at the BSA website.

National Outdoor Badges – Aquatics

  • Earn the First Class rank.
  • Earn the Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges.
  • Earn the Mile Swim BSA Award.
  • Earn at least one of the following merit badges: Canoeing, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, Whitewater. Complete at least 25 hours of on-the-water time, applying the skills that you learned in the merit badges.
  • Complete at least 50 hours of any combination of swimming, canoeing, rowing, small-boat sailing, or whitewater activity under the auspices of the Boy Scouts of America, including time spent in requirements 2 through 4.

A gold device may be earned for each additional 25 hours of aquatic activity. A silver device is earned for each additional 100 hours of aquatic activity. The Scout may wear any combination of devices totaling his current number of hours of aquatic activity.

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