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Resources include the Motorboating merit badge worksheet Adobe Acrobat PDF, links, and cross-references to related badges and awards.  Prev  -  Next  

Motorboating merit badge
Status: Elective
Created: 1961
Replaced: Seamanship
BSA Advancement ID: 076
Requirements revision: 2012
Latest pamphlet revision: 2008


With the fun of operating a motor boat boat comes the responsibility for keeping that boat in first-class condition, knowing and obeying the nautical "rules of the road," and gaining the general knowledge and skills to operate a boat safely.
Motorboating merit badge is an option for the National Outdoor Badge for Riding.

Motorboating merit badge requirements

  1. Do the following:
    a. Explain to your counselor the most likely hazards you may encounter while motorboating, and what you should do to anticipate, help prevent, mitigate, and respond to these hazards.
    b. Explain first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, bugbites, and blisters.
    c. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how such conditions are recognized. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
    b. Name the different types of personal floatation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should be use. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.
  3. Do the following:
    a. Explain inboard, outboard, and inboard/outboard motors and the uses and advantages of each. Discuss the special features of a bass boat and a ski boat.
    b. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and equipment storage and placement.
    c. Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.
    d. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water, passenger positions under way, and boat wakes.
  4. Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:
    a. Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.
    b. Explain the rules or laws that apply to recreational boating in your area or state.
    c. Discuss how the hazards of weather and heavy water conditions can affect both safety and performance in motorboating.
    d. Promise that you will follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines. Explain the meaning of each point.
    e. Discuss with your counselor the nautical rules of the road and describe the national and your state's aids to navigation.
    f. Explain and show the correct use of equipment required by both state and federal regulations to be carried aboard a motorboat.
    g. Explain federal and state rules for a ventilation system and tell why these rules are required.
  5. Demonstrate proper boat-handling procedures and skills by doing the following:
    a. Board and assist others in boarding.
    b. Fuel the boat and complete a safety check.
    c. Get under way from a dock or from a beach launch.
    d. Run a course for at least a mile, showing procedures for overtaking and passing slower craft, yielding right-of-way, passing oncoming traffic, making turns, reversing direction, and using navigation aids.
    e. Stop an secure the boat in position on the open water using anchors; get under way.
    f. Land or dock; get out and assist others.
    g. Moor the boat and secure all gear.
  6. Point out and explain the mechanical and safety features of a boat trailer.
    a. Launch a boat from a trailer.
    b. Remove a boat from the water using a trailer.

The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2019 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Worksheet A FREE workbook for Motorboating is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Motorboating requirements. has PDF and DOC versions of
Boy Scout merit badge workbooks, Webelos workbooks,
Cub Scout workbooks, and Nova Award workbooks.
  1. Item 5 of the Motorboating merit badge meets Sea Scout [Able] rank (requirement 6).
  2. Motorboating merit badge meets Sea Scout [Quartermaster] rank required list (requirement list 6).
  3. Motorboating is a popular summer camp merit badge.

Requirement resources

1. First Aid: 1a. Hypothermia - Heat Reactions - Dehydration - Motion Sickness - Insect Stings - Tick Bites - Blisters
1b. CPR

2a. Swimming
BSA Swim Test: Diving also has the feetfirst jump in - Sidestroke - Breaststroke - Trudgen Crawl - Backstroke - Swimming Turns - Floating

2b. Personal Flotation Device
3. Inboard motor - Outboard motor - Inboard/outboard motor (stern drive)

Online Small-Boat Sailing Course - U.S. Coast Guard Office of Boating Safety

Related awards

Aquatic-related awards

See also

Boy Scout portal
Venturing portal
Sea Scout portal
General Merit Badge information

External links

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