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Whitewater Merit Badge Helps and Documents

While doing the requirements for the Whitewater merit badge, Scouts learn to safely travel on fast flowing water by canoe or by kayak. They learn how to read the flow of water and to understand the difficulty level. They also familiarize themselves with verbal commands. Then they demonstrate their skills.

Get the Whitewater Merit Badge pamphlet

Printable helps for requirements:

Printable requirements for Whitewater Merit Badge

Printable checkoff sheet for Whitewater Merit Badge

Printable note sheet for Whitewater Merit Badge

Printable checkoff sheet for all Scouts BSA merit badges

Enjoy your whitewater adventure with these related helps and achievements:

National Outdoor Awards – Adventure Segment Requirements

To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Adventure Segment, a Scout or Venturer must learn to be prepared during outdoor adventures. He or she must also complete a challenging backpacking, paddling, sailing, climbing, or other high-adventure activity. See the specifics , along with some related helps and awards.

Kayaking BSA Award

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Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Skill Level Limits

The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.

Watercraft Ranger Elective Helps and Documents

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Paddle Sports Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA

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BSA Swim Test

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National Outdoor Award Aquatics Segment Requirements

To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Aquatics Segment, a Scout or Venturer must be a proficient swimmer, have some lifesaving skills, complete the mile swim, and spend some time enjoying aquatics adventures such as swimming, paddling, fishing, or scuba diving.

Safe Swim Defense

Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.


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