Whitewater Rafting BSA

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{{TOCleft}}[[Whitewater Rafting BSA]] provides an introduction to whitewater rafting skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for [[Boy Scouting]], [[Venturing]], and [[Sea Scouting]] units in camp or out. Mastery of [[Whitewater Rafting BSA]] skills is a first critical step towards satisfying [[Safety Afloat]] guidelines for safe whitewater rafting excursions.
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{{TOCleft}}[[{{PAGENAME}}]] provides an introduction to whitewater rafting skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for [[Scouts BSA]], [[Venturing]], and [[Sea Scouting]] [[unit]]s, in camp or out. Mastery of {{PAGENAME}} skills is a first critical step towards satisfying [[Safety Afloat]] guidelines for safe whitewater rafting excursions.
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Many Scouting units participate in rafting trips conducted by outfitters or councils. This award recognizes the challenge and adventure of such activities.
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Many Scouting units participate in rafting trips conducted by outfitters or [[council]]s. This award recognizes the challenge and adventure of such activities.
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The award is available to BSA youth and adults who are members of Boy Scout, Venturing, or Sea Scout units.
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The award is available to BSA youth and adults who are members of Scouts BSA, Venturing, or Sea Scouting units.
Requirements for the award focus on safety and basic paddling skills on whitewater up to Class III. All instruction and skill completions are directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide. A qualified raft captain must be in each raft during the required trip. Participants help power and control the raft with paddles – simply riding in a raft rowed by a guide is not sufficient.
Requirements for the award focus on safety and basic paddling skills on whitewater up to Class III. All instruction and skill completions are directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide. A qualified raft captain must be in each raft during the required trip. Participants help power and control the raft with paddles – simply riding in a raft rowed by a guide is not sufficient.
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== Notes ==
== Notes ==
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[[Image:Whitewater-Rafting-Pocket-Certificate-Front-641564.jpg|thumb|Whitewater Rafting BSA Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. [https://www.scoutshop.org/whitewater-rafting-pocket-certificate-641564.html 641564)]]] [[Image:Whitewater-Rafting-Pocket-Certificate-Back-641564.jpg|thumb|Whitewater Rafting BSA Pocket Certificate (Back) (No. [https://www.scoutshop.org/whitewater-rafting-pocket-certificate-641564.html 641564)]]]
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[[Image:Whitewater-Rafting-Pocket-Certificate-Front-641564.jpg|thumb|<center>{{PAGENAME}} Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=whitewater+Rafting+pocket+certificate+641564 641564]</span>)</center>]] [[Image:Whitewater-Rafting-Pocket-Certificate-Back-641564.jpg|thumb|<center>{{PAGENAME}} Pocket Certificate (Back) (No. <span class=plainlinks>[https://www.scoutshop.org/nsearch/?q=whitewater+Rafting+pocket+certificate+641564 641564]</span>)</center>]]
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The award cloth emblem is not worn on the uniform. It is an aquatic insignia and is worn on the left side of swim trunks (see ''[[Guide to Awards and Insignia]]'').
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=== Footnotes ===
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=== Note to Counselor ===
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This award is available to BSA youth and adults who are members of Boy Scout, Varsity,{{Varsity discontinued footnote}} Venturing, or Sea Scout units. Any adult leader, approved by the council, who is trained in [[Safety Afloat]] and can personally verity that all instruction and skill completions were directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide may serve as a counselor for this award. Such guides may be employed by council high adventure programs or commercial outfitters. Guidance for selecting a reputable rafting service is provided in the BSA publication ''Aquatics Supervision'' No 34346.
== Requirement resources ==
== Requirement resources ==
* ''[[Guide to Safe Scouting]]''
* ''[[Guide to Safe Scouting]]''
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== External links ==
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== See also ==
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* <span class="plainlinks">[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Whitewater_Rafting_BSA_Application.pdf Whitewater Rafting BSA Application]</span> {{PDF}} (2017 Printing) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* [http://www.scoutshop.org/bsa-aquatics-supervision-guide-621005.html BSA® ''Aquatics Supervision Guide'' (SKU: 621005)] &mdash; ScoutShop.org
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== External links ==
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/Whitewater_Rafting_BSA_Application.pdf Whitewater Rafting BSA Application {{PDF}}]</span> (2017 Printing) &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[http://www.scouting.org/health-and-safety/gss/gss02/ ''Guide to Safe Scouting'', &sect; Aquatics Safety]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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* <span class=plainlinks>[https://filestore.scouting.org/filestore/pdf/2017_AQUATIC_%20STAFF_GUIDE.pdf ''Aquatics Staff Guide'' (2018) {{PDF}}]</span> &mdash; Scouting.org
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Revision as of 13:51, December 2, 2018

This page is for the Whitewater Rafting BSA award.
Scouts, Lone Boy Scouts, and qualified Venturers or Sea Scouts can also earn the Whitewater merit badge.

Whitewater Rafting BSA

The Whitewater Rafting BSA cloth emblem (No. 641565)
is not worn on the uniform. It is an aquatic insignia and
is worn on the left side of swim trunks.
Created:2017
Level:Scouts, Varsity Scouts,[Note 1], Venturers, Sea Scouts, and Scouters
who are members of a Scouts BSA, Venturing or Sea Scouting unit.

Contents

Whitewater Rafting BSA provides an introduction to whitewater rafting skills and safety procedures and serves as a program opportunity for Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Sea Scouting units, in camp or out. Mastery of Whitewater Rafting BSA skills is a first critical step towards satisfying Safety Afloat guidelines for safe whitewater rafting excursions.


Whitewater Rafting BSA is not a merit badge.

Many Scouting units participate in rafting trips conducted by outfitters or councils. This award recognizes the challenge and adventure of such activities.

The award is available to BSA youth and adults who are members of Scouts BSA, Venturing, or Sea Scouting units.

Requirements for the award focus on safety and basic paddling skills on whitewater up to Class III. All instruction and skill completions are directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide. A qualified raft captain must be in each raft during the required trip. Participants help power and control the raft with paddles – simply riding in a raft rowed by a guide is not sufficient.


Whitewater Rafting BSA requirements

  1. Before fulfilling the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA Swimmer test.
  2. Do the following:
    a. Name the parts of a whitewater raft.
    b. Describe the differences between a paddle raft and an oar powered raft.
    c. Explain the importance of perimeter lines used on whitewater rafts.
    d. Demonstrate how to choose an appropriate size paddle.
    e. Demonstrate how to select and properly fit a life jacket.
    f. Demonstrate how to select and properly fit a helmet.
    g. Discuss the use of throw ropes in rescuing overboard paddlers.
    h. Discuss common river hazards including rocks, strainers, broaching, standing waves, hydraulics, and foot entrapment.
  3. Explain the importance of safety equipment used in whitewater rafting including throw ropes, helmets, and life jackets. Also discuss appropriate clothing and footwear for a whitewater rafting trip.
  4. Under proper supervision and appropriate conditions, safely do the following:
    a. Lift, carry, launch, and land an inflatable raft, with help, on calm or slow moving water.
    b. Sit in a raft as a paddler with proper foot position.
    c. Swim a Class I rapid while wearing a life jacket, helmet, and attire appropriate for the water temperature. Demonstrate defensive and aggressive swimming positions as possible.
  5. While on calm or slow moving water, demonstrate the following strokes in an inflatable raft with at least one other paddler and on command of a qualified paddle captain:
    a. Forward
    b. Back
    c. Sweep
  6. While on moving water up to Class I, demonstrate the following maneuvers with at least three other paddlers in an inflatable raft and on the command of a qualified paddle raft captain:
    a. Turn left.
    b. Turn right.
    c. Paddle forward in a straight line for 50 feet.
    d. Back paddle reasonably straight for 15 feet.
  7. While on moving water up to Class I, demonstrate the following maneuvers with at least three other paddlers in an inflatable raft and on the command of a qualified paddle raft captain:
    a. A front or a back ferry
    b. A shallow or a wide eddy turn
    c. A shallow or a wide peel out
  8. Participate in a whitewater rafting trip in up to Class III whitewater with a qualified paddle raft captain in each raft using a minimum of two rafts and for at least one hour's duration.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Notes

Whitewater Rafting BSA Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. 641564)
Whitewater Rafting BSA Pocket Certificate (Front) (No. 641564)
Whitewater Rafting BSA Pocket Certificate (Back) (No. 641564)
Whitewater Rafting BSA Pocket Certificate (Back) (No. 641564)

The award cloth emblem is not worn on the uniform. It is an aquatic insignia and is worn on the left side of swim trunks (see Guide to Awards and Insignia).

Footnotes

  1. Editor's note: effective December 31, 2017, the Boy Scouts of America ended the Varsity Scouting program.

Note to Counselor

This award is available to BSA youth and adults who are members of Boy Scout, Varsity,[Note 1] Venturing, or Sea Scout units. Any adult leader, approved by the council, who is trained in Safety Afloat and can personally verity that all instruction and skill completions were directly supervised by a professionally trained or licensed rafting guide may serve as a counselor for this award. Such guides may be employed by council high adventure programs or commercial outfitters. Guidance for selecting a reputable rafting service is provided in the BSA publication Aquatics Supervision No 34346.

Requirement resources

Swimming

Related Ranks, Awards, and Merit Badges

Aquatic-related awards

See also

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