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.
- Have passed the Canoeing Scoutcraft Badge and be prepared to demonstrate any of those requirements. OR Complete all the requirements for the Canoeing Scoutcraft Badge.
- Have passed the Swimming Scoutcraft Badge and be prepared to demonstrate any of those requirements. OR Complete all the requirements for the Swimming Scoutcraft Badge.
- Discuss the design features of canoes or kayaks (length, width, etc) and how these impacts on the boat's performance.
- Demonstrate how to maintain a canoe or kayak in good condition and carry out simple repairs to it.
- Show a knowledge of the dangers and precautions to be taken against waterborne diseases (Bilharzia, Typhoid, Cholera), and against hypothermia and hyperthermia.
- Demonstrate sound safety measures when paddling on rivers, including paddling on unfamiliar routes, and approaching hazards.
- Demonstrate your competence to paddle a canoe or kayak 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 boats and paddlers.
- Take part in a river expedition of at least 5km. Before starting, be aware of the weather and the potential for a river to flood due to upstream rains. Present a reasonably detailed log of the journey, noting major hazards, important or interesting features and any wildlife encountered. The log should cover a fair description of the river, with sketch maps showing the general course of the river, weirs, rapids, bridges, and important natural features passed on route.
Requirements in PDF