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Go Boating

Being on the open water is as great an experience as being in the woods

Boating is an excellent activity to gain new skills and making safety a priority.

Who Can Participate?

Youth Cub Scout aged are allowed to canoe, motorboat, row, raft, and sail only at official council/district outdoor programs. They must be on flat water and under the supervision of trained volunteers or camp staff.

Boy Scout and Venturer age youth are allowed to canoe, motorboat, row, raft, and kayak on flat or flowing water as long as BSA Safety Afloat and BSA Safe Swim Defense (if swimming is involved as part of the activity) guidelines are followed. These water activities can be part of a local unit outing or at a council/district program under the supervision of trained volunteers or camp staff.

Boating Safety

At least one adult leader that is age 21 or over must supervise the activity and be trained in BSA Safety Afloat.

If swimming is part of the boating activity, then an adult leader that is age 21 or over must also supervise and be trained in BSA Safe Swim Defense.

Operation of any boat is limited to those who have completed the BSA swimmer classification test.

All boat occupants must wear a U.S. Coastguard approved personal floatation device (PFD).

Boat and related equipment should all be in good condition.

Where To Go Boating

An official council camp is the perfect place to go boating. Equipment is available, with trained staff to show you how to use it, ensuring you have a fun and safe time.

Local lakes and streams are also a good options. Follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines as well as Safe Swim Defense guidelines if you are part of a Boy Scout Troop or Venturer Crew that is authorized to conduct such activities.

Where to Get Training

MyScouting.org is the online home for Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense training. Our camps and your local Scouting district may also offer training sessions.

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