The Paddle Sports program feature helps Scouts learn how to safely enjoy non-motorized trips on the water. Scouts learn about canoeing, kayaking, or stand up paddleboarding.
Canoeing Merit Badge
For several centuries, the canoe was a primary method of travel for explorers and settlers. Today, it remains an important part of the wilderness experience and an enjoyable leisure activity that teaches communication, teamwork, and physical fitness.
Printable helps for requirements:
The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.
By doing the requirements for the Canoeing merit badge, Scouts prepare for a safe trip on the water in a canoe. They demonstrate that they have the skills to control the canoe. They learn how to maintain canoes, paddles, and PFDs. Then they demonstrate their knowledge by taking a trip on the water.
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.
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.