Canoeing Merit Badge

Course Overview

This Merit Badge presents the basic skills and knowledge about Canoeing. It is not very difficult, but does require both mental and physical effort, and time in the water. Many hours of practice and experience on safe, flat water is needed before taking on rivers, whitewater, and wilderness excursions, but this Merit Badge gets the ball rolling.

The knowledge about canoe, paddle, and lifejacket parts, construction, sizing, and care helps a scout understand how everything works together when working on skills. Once the knowledge is shown and on land canoe care is demonstrated, the most fun of swamping and rescuing canoes can begin. This is always the part Scouts love, but there are many more paddling skills to learn and demonstrate.

Completing this Merit Badge before a Troop canoe trip, or if a Troop or individual is going to Northern Tier, makes the adventure much more fun.

Please come prepared. The Canoeing Merit Badge pamphlet should be read.

A scout will first need to classify as a “swimmer” using the BSA Swim Classification Test. As such, please note that this class is NOT for scouts who cannot swim.

Required items to bring for the Canoeing Merit Badge:

  • BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A&B) completely filled out and signed by parent or guardian. Incomplete forms will be returned to Scout to complete before starting class. A Scout cannot take the Merit Badge without a completed form.
  • Merit Badge Blue Card signed by Scoutmaster. Make sure all three parts are filled in with your personal information.
  • Closed Toed Shoes are required while walking in Camp. No flip flops, sandals, crocs, or keens allowed. Closed Toed Water Shoes are suggested.

The Merit Badge counselor will email you with any additional requirements, such as completing discussion questions, approximately 2 weeks before class.


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If you need to cancel for any reason, please email us. Cancellations made 2 and a half or more weeks prior to the event will receive a full refund. See refund policy at the bottom of the page.

Saturday, June 1 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens April 19 at 9 AM

Saturday, June 8 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens April 26 at 9 AM

Saturday, June 15 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens May 3 at 9 AM

Saturday, June 22 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens May 10 at 9 AM

Saturday, June 29 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens May 17 at 9 AM

Saturday, July 13 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens May 31 at 9 AM

Saturday, July 20 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens June 7 at 9 AM

Saturday, August 3 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens June 21 at 9 AM

Saturday, August 10 from 8 AM - 5 PM

Registration opens June 28 at 9 AM


Class Withdrawal and Refund Policy

Due to the limited number of scouts that we can accommodate in each class, we kindly ask that you contact us as early as possible if a scout cannot attend a class. Requests to withdraw from a class (cancel), change a class (drop/add), and/or receive a refund must be done in writing, preferably by sending an Email Chris DeRose, Scouts BSA Program Director.

Refunds will be made when the withdrawal (cancellation) is at least 2 weeks before the class date.