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.
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.