Scouting Program Archives: Boating and Canoeing Troop Program Feature

Boating and Canoeing Troop Program Feature

In any camp where a waterfront is within a half-mile, Scouts will gravitate there like bees to honey. Most Scouts like nothing better than a swimming session or a couple of hours in canoes or boats.

New Scouts can work on the swimming requirements for First and Second Class ranks. If possible, conduct all troop activities at a waterfront or swimming pool. If your troop does not have access to a waterfront or pool, ask your commissioner or district executive
for help in finding one. Always enforce the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat guidelines.

Prior planning is needed for any swimming or boating activity. It is required that at least one adult be certified in Safe Swim Defense and/or Safety Afloat, which also requires CPR from a community agency.

Find the complete plans for the Aquatics Troop Program Feature on the BSA website.


BSA Methods – The Outdoors

One of the methods for Boy Scouts is “the outdoors”. Being outdoors presents Boy Scouts with challenges and adventures. Boys enjoy the independence of getting away from home and taking care of themselves.

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Kayaking BSA Award

One of the fun things Boy Scouts get to do at many summer camps is kayaking. When I am at Boy Scout camp, I always try to find some time to go kayaking on the lake. There is no merit badge specifically for kayaking like there is for canoeing or rowing on a lake, but […]

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The Outdoor Code

Every Scout who is spending time outdoors should be familiar with the Outdoor Code. It is especially important for Webelos, Boy Scouts, and Venturers who are out camping regularly.

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Safety Afloat

Safety Afloat

Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.

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