Boy Scout Merit Badge
- Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur
while canoeing, including hypothermia, heatstroke, heat exhaustion,
dehydration, sunburn, insect stings, tick bites, blisters, and
- Do the following:
- Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a
person. Explain how such conditions are recognized.
- Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training
device approved by your counselor.
- Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA
swimmer test. Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, swim 75 yards
or 75 meters in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes:
sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards or 25 meters
using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards or 100 meters must be swum
continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim,
rest by floating as motionless as possible.
- Do the following:
- Name and point out the major parts of a canoe and paddle.
- Know canoeing terminology.
- Explain and demonstrate canoe kneeling and sitting positions and the
proper use for each position.
- Review and discuss BSA Safety Afloat, and demonstrate the proper fit and
use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
- Demonstrate how to load and secure equipment in a canoe.
- With a companion and using a properly equipped canoe:
- Properly carry, launch, and get into the bow of the canoe from dock or
shore (both, if possible).
- Paddle 100 yards on one side only in the bow position using a
single-blade paddle. Turn under way and return to shore or dock showing
proper form and use of the bow or power stroke, diagonal draw, and quarter
sweep. Repeat while paddling on the other side.
- While paddling on one side only in the bow position, demonstrate how to
hold water and stop. Show proper form and use of the push away, pullover,
reverse sweep, and backwater. Repeat while paddling on the other side.
- Change places with your companion while canoe is afloat.
- Paddle 100 yards on one side only in the stern position. Turn under way
and return to shore or dock while maintaining course and giving proper
signals to your companion. Show proper form and use of the stern power
stroke (the J stroke). Repeat while paddling on the other side.
- While paddling on one side only in the stern position, demonstrate how
to hold water and stop. Show proper form and the use of the push away,
pullover, reverse sweep, and backstroke. Repeat while paddling on the other
- As bow paddler, make a proper landing and get out of the canoe while
following directions from your companion. Repeat in the stern position
giving directions to your companion.
- Store canoe properly.
- While on deep water with a companion, fully dressed and wearing proper
- Jump safely out of the canoe. Get back in without capsizing.
- Capsize the canoe, get back in, secure all loose gear, and paddle the
swamped canoe 25 yards. Go overboard from the swamped canoe and swim, tow or
push the swamped canoe 50 feet.
- Empty the swamped canoe in shallow water.
- Demonstrate solo canoe handling:
- Launch from shore or pier (both, if possible).
- Using a single-blade paddle and paddling only on one side, demonstrate
proper form and use of the forward stroke (J stroke), forward and reverse
sweeps, backwater, stop, pullover, push away, inside and outside pivots, and
sculling. Repeat while paddling on the other side.
- While paddling on one side only, paddle a 50-yard course making at least
one turn under way and one reverse of direction. Repeat while paddling on
the other side.
- Make a proper landing at dock or shore (both, if possible). Store canoe
properly (with assistance, if needed).
- While alone in a canoe on deep water and wearing PFD, jump safely out of
the canoe. Get back in without capsizing.
- With a companion in your canoe and while giving instructions to persons
who have capsized a canoe in deep water, empty the swamped canoe over your own
canoe and assist the persons in reboarding the emptied canoe.
- General care and maintenance of canoeing equipment.
- How to rig a canoe for sailing.
- The difference between river (moving water) canoeing and lake
BSA Advancement ID#: 33
Source: Boy Scout
Requirements, #33215E, revised 2002