Canoeist Scout Interest Badge
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NOTE: The standard required for this badge is to handle a canoe on a grade 2 river of medium to normal fullness. It is essential that the candidate be physically strong enough to handle a submerged canoe on a flowing river.
- Pass or have passed the Canoeing Scoutcraft Badge.
- Discuss the design features of canoes (length, width, et and how these impact on a canoe's performance.
- Demonstrate how to maintain a canoe in good condition and carry out simple repairs to it.
- Show a knowledge of the dangers and precautions to be taken against water-borne diseases (Bilharzia, Typhoid, Cholera), and against hypothermia and hyperthermia.
- Demonstrate sound safety measures when canoeing on rivers, including paddling on unfamiliar routes and approaching hazards.
- Demonstrate your competence to paddle a canoe on a flowing river, including:
- General knowledge of paddling on moving water.
- How to read the river.
- Launching from the bank, and entering the mainstream.
- Turning around and paddling upstream.
- Ferry glide facing upstream and downstream.
- Successfully shoot a fair-sized rapid or weir.
- Approach the bank and climb out onto the bank.
- Capsize in the current and swim the canoe to a shallow or safe place, empty the water and re-board.
- Show a knowledge of the following obstacles and hazards to be encountered on rivers, how to avoid them, and emergency procedures:
- Eddies, holes, stopper waves, standing waves, backwaters and contra-flow currents at weirs or similar man-made constructions.
- Rocks and rapids.
- Trees and low branches.
- Other canoes and canoeists.
- Take charge of two other canoeists on a 24-hour expedition of at least 30 kilometres, camp overnight, and keep a log. Before departure explain priorities. The expedition must include:
- Permissions and approvals for the expedition.
- The correct stowage of the kit and equipment in the canoe.
- The portage of canoes over roughish terrain.
- Choice of a good campsite and good camping standards.
- A knowledge of river hygiene, river first aid and the need to take in adequate fluids and nutrition.
- Carrying out emergency repairs to canoes and paddles.
- A reasonably detailed log of the journey, noting major hazards, important or interesting features (anchorages, landing beaches, campsites and other facilities), and any wildlife encountered. The log should cover a fair description of the river, with sketch maps showing the general course of the river, dams, weirs, rapids, irrigation schemes, power stations, towns and important natural features passed on route.
Requirements in PDF