Boy Scouts

  • Lifesaving Merit Badge Course Dates

    Lifesaving Merit Badge Course:  10:30am – 3/4pm.  Times are approximate based on number of students and abilities.  Wear Class A Uniform, bring scout book if you are not at least First Class, blue card, bring swim suit, towel, goggles, lunch, money for vending machine, clothes to get in the pool (pants and shirt).

    Prerequisites: 5abcd & 6abcde (Can be completed the day of the merit badge for $25)

    Saturday, November 25, 2017 (Thanksgiving week)

    Saturday, December 30, 2017

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

  • Swimming Merit Badge Course Dates

    Swimming Merit Badge Courses:  10:30am – 2/3pm.  Times for the course are subject to number of students and abilities.  Wear Class A Uniform, bring scout book if you are not at least First Class, blue card, bring swim suit, towel, goggles, lunch, money for vending machine.

    Prerequisites: 5abcd & 6abcde (Can be completed the day of the merit badge for $25)

    Friday, December 29, 2017

    Saturday, January 7, 2108

  • Scuba Diving Merit Badge Course Dates

    Scuba Diving Merit Badges are offered every week in conjunction with the PADI Open Water Scuba Diver Course.  The Scuba Diving Merit Badge Course is FREE if you take and pay full price for the PADI Open Water Diver Course directly with Gigglin’ Marlin Dive & Swim (must be taken within 1 week of your certification course for the free Merit Badge).  If you are already certified or pay for the Open Water Course with another Company, course fee is $50.  Call to make an appointment to go over the material with one of our Merit Badge Counselors. 281-445-3483

    Prerequisites: Current Swim Test, Swimming Merit Badge & Open Water Scuba Course

  • Citizenship in the Community Merit Badge

    Citizenship in the Community – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 2a, 3ab & 7abc (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Monday, December 18, 2017 – 10:30a – 2:30p

    Wednesday, January 3, 2018 – 10:30a – 2:30p

  • Citizenship in the Nation Merit Badge

    Citizenship in the Nation – $35:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 2a, 3 & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – 10:30a – 1:30p

    Thursday, January 4, 2018 – 10:30a – 1:30p

  • Citizenship in the World Merit Badge

    Citizenship in the World – $35:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 7 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Tuesday, December 19, 2017 – 2p – 5p

    Thursday, January 4, 2018 – 2p – 5p

  • Communications Merit Badge

    Communications – $45:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 5, 7a & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, December 9, 2017 – 10:30a – 3:30p

  • Cooking Merit Badge

    Cooking – $45:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 4, 5, & 6 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Wednesday, December 20, 2017 – 10:30a – 2:30p

  • Dentistry Merit Badge

    Dentristry – $30:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 3 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 2p – 5p

    Friday, December 22, 2017 – 2p – 5p

  • Emergency Preparedness Merit Badge

    Emergency Preparedness – $35:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 7b & 9 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Thursday, December 28, 2017 – 10:30a – 2:30p

  • Environmental Science Merit Badge

    Environmental Science – $55:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 3g & 4a (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Monday, November 20, 2017 – 10:30a – 4:30p

    Friday, December 29, 2017 – 10:30a – 4:30p

  • Family Life Merit Badge

    Family Life – $35:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 3, 4 & 5 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Tuesday, November 21, 2017 – 10:30a – 1p

    Friday, January 5, 2018 – 10:30a – 1p

  • First Aid Merit Badge

    First Aid – $40:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 1 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, November 4, 2017 – 10:30a – 2:30p

    Wednesday, December 27, 2017 – 10:30a – 2:30p

  • Medicine Merit Badge

    Medicine – $30:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 10 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Friday, January 5, 2018 – 1:30p – 5p

  • Personal Management Merit Badge

    Personal Management – $45:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 2a & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Thursday, December 21 , 2017 – 10:30a – 4:30p

  • Personal Fitness Merit Badge

    Personal Fitness – $35:   Wear Class A Uniform, bring your scout book, pen or pencil, blue card, lunch, and money for vending machine.

    Items that need to be completed at home: 6, 7 & 8 (Merit Badge will be signed off upon completion of these items)

    Saturday, October 28, 2017 – 10:30a – 1:30p

    Friday, December 22, 2017 – 10:30a – 1:30p

Lifesaving Merit Badge

Lifesaving merit badgeLIFESAVING MERIT BADGE – Cost $50

No Boy Scout will ignore a plea for help. However, the desire to help is of little use unless one knows how to give the proper aid. The main purpose of the Lifesaving merit badge is to prepare Scouts to assist those involved in water accidents, teaching them the basic knowledge of rescue techniques, the skills to perform them, and the judgment to know when and how to act so that they can be prepared for emergencies.

Requirements

  • Before doing requirements 2 through 15:
  • If the Boy Scout is not at least First Class, we offer these Prerequisites the day of the Merit Badge for an additional $25.
    • Complete Second Class rank requirements 8a through 8c and First Class rank requirements 9a through 9c.
      • Second Class rank requirements 8a through 8c:
      • (8a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.
      • (8b) Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.
      • (8c) Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
      • First Class rank requirements 9a through 9c:
      • (9a) Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
      • (9b) Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*
      • (9c) With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
    • Swim continuously for 400 yards using each of the following strokes in a strong manner for at least 50 continuous yards: front crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, and elementary backstroke.
  • Explain the following:
    • Common drowning situations and how to prevent them.
    • How to identify persons in the water who need assistance.
    • The order of methods in water rescue.
    • How rescue techniques vary depending on the setting and the condition of the person needing assistance.
    • Situations for which in-water rescues should not be undertaken.
  • Demonstrate “reaching” rescues using various items such as arms, legs, towels, shirts, paddles, and poles.
  • Demonstrate “throwing” rescues using various items such as lines, ring buoys, rescue bags, and free-floating supports. Successfully place at least one such aid within reach of a practice victim 25 feet from shore.
  • Show or explain the use of rowboats, canoes, or other small craft in performing rescues.
  • List various items that can be used as rescue aids in a noncontact swimming rescue. Explain why buoyant aids are preferred.
  • Perform the following equipment-based rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet from shore. Use a proper entry and a strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject to determine his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.
    • Present a rescue tube to the subject, release it, and escort the victim to safety.
    • Present a rescue tube to the subject and use it to tow the victim to safety.
    • Present a buoyant aid other than a rescue tube to the subject, release it, and escort the victim to safety.
    • Present a buoyant aid other than a rescue tube to the subject and use it to tow the victim to safety.
    • Remove street clothes in 20 seconds or less and use a nonbuoyant aid, such as a shirt or towel, to tow the subject to safety. Explain when it is appropriate to remove heavy clothing before attempting a swimming rescue.
  • Explain the importance of avoiding contact with an active victim and describe lead-and-wait tactics.
  • Perform the following nonequipment rescues for a conscious practice subject 30 feet from shore. Begin in the water from a position near the subject. Speak to the subject to determine his condition and to provide instructions and encouragement.
    • Provide a swim-along assist for a calm, responsive, tired swimmer moving with a weak forward stroke.
    • Perform an armpit tow for a calm, responsive, tired swimmer resting with a back float.
    • Perform a cross-chest carry for an exhausted, passive victim who does not respond to instructions to aid himself.
  • In deep water, show how to escape from a victim’s grasp on your wrist. Repeat for front and rear holds about the head and shoulders.
  • Perform the following rescues for an unconscious practice subject at or near the surface 30 feet from shore. Use a proper entry and strong approach stroke. Speak to the subject and splash water on him to determine his condition before making contact. Remove the victim from the water, with assistance if needed, and position for CPR.
    • Perform an equipment assist using a buoyant aid.
    • Perform a front approach and wrist tow.
    • Perform a rear approach and armpit tow.
  • Describe how to respond if a victim submerges before being reached by a rescuer, and do the following:
    • Recover a 10-pound weight in 8 to 10 feet of water using a feetfirst surface dive.
    • Repeat using a headfirst surface dive.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of resuscitation procedures:
    • Describe how to recognize the need for rescue breathing and CPR.
    • Demonstrate proper CPR technique for at least 3 minutes using a mannequin designed to simulate ventilations and compressions.
  • Demonstrate management of a spinal injury:
    • Explain the signs and symptoms of a spinal injury.
    • Support a faceup victim in calm, shallow water.
    • Turn a subject from a facedown to a faceup position while maintaining support.
  • Show that you know first aid for other injuries or illnesses that could occur while swimming or boating, including hypothermia, heat reactions, muscle cramps, sunburn, stings, and hyperventilation.

Swimming Merit Badge

Swim merit badgeSWIM MERIT BADGE – Cost $50
Swimming is a leisure activity, a competitive sport, and a basic survival skill. Scouts who earn this badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Requirements

    • If the Boy Scout is not at least First Class, we offer the Prerequisites the day of the Merit Badge for an additional $25.

NOTE: The requirements for the Swimming merit badge have been revised. A Scout who has already started working on the merit badge when the 2014 edition was introduced, may continue to use the same merit badge pamphlet to earn the badge and fulfill the requirements therein. In other words, the Scout need not start over again with the new pamphlet and revised requirements. The revised requirements as presented here become official Jan. 1, 2015, and will appear in the 2015 Boy Scout Requirements book.

Do the following:

      1. Explain to your counselor how Scouting’s Safe Swim Defense plan anticipates, helps prevent and mitigate, and provides responses to likely hazards you may encounter during swimming activities.
      1. Discuss the prevention and treatment of health concerns that could occur while swimming, including hypothermia, dehydration, sunburn, heat exhaustion, heatstroke, muscle cramps, hyperventilation, spinal injury, stings and bites, and cuts and scrapes.
    • Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test: Jump feetfirst into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
    • Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.

Do the following:

      1. Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.
      1. With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.

Do the following:

      1. Float faceup in a resting position for at least one minute.
      1. Demonstrate survival floating for at least five minutes.
      1. While wearing a properly fitted U.S. Coast Guard–approved life jacket, demonstrate the HELP and huddle positions. Explain their purposes.
      1. Explain why swimming or survival floating will hasten the onset of hypothermia in cold water.
      1. In water over your head, but not to exceed 10 feet, do each of the following:
      1. Use the feetfirst method of surface diving and bring an object up from the bottom.
      1. Do a headfirst surface dive (pike or tuck), and bring the object up again.
      1. Do a headfirst surface dive to a depth of at least 5 feet and swim underwater for three strokes. Come to the surface, take a breath, and repeat the sequence twice.
      1. Following the guidelines set in the BSA Safe Swim Defense, in water at least 7 feet deep*, show a standing headfirst dive from a dock or pool deck. Show a long shallow dive, also from the dock or pool deck.  *If your state, city, or local community requires a water depth greater than 7 feet, it is important to abide by that mandate.
      1. Explain the health benefits of regular aerobic exercise, and discuss why swimming is favored as both fitness and therapeutic exercise.

Scuba Merit Badge

SCUBA DIVING MERIT BADGE – Cost $50

SCUBA DIVING MERIT BADGE

Boy Scouts of America Scuba Diving merit badge

Achievement of the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in a PADI Open Water Diver Certification. This is a lifetime certification that is only the first step into an endless world of new experiences, adventure and fun.

Counselors for the Scuba Diving merit badge must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and be approved by the district/council advancement committee.

Like other merit badges, the Scuba Diving merit badge has been developed to teach and train youth in a manner consistent with the overall goals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.

The merit badge counselor should be fair and consistent when presenting and evaluating the knowledge and skills specified by the requirements. None of the requirements may be modified or omitted.

Scuba industry standards for Open Water Diver Certification require the student to be at least 15 years of age. Students under the minimum age who meet open water scuba performance requirements may qualify for a special certification that allows them to dive with an adult buddy who has, as a minimum, an open water scuba certification. Several of the scuba organizations recognized by the BSA offer “junior” open water certifications for those as young as 10; others have a minimum age of 12. Such junior open water diver certifications satisfy Scuba Diving merit badge requirement 4.

Requirements

Do the following:
Show that you know first aid for injuries or illnesses that could occur while scuba diving, including hypothermia, hyperventilation, squeezes, decompression illness, nitrogen narcosis, motion sickness, fatigue, overexertion, heat reactions, dehydration, injuries by aquatic life, and cuts and scrapes.
Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how to recognize such conditions. Demonstrate the proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your counselor.
Before completing requirements 3 through 6, earn the Swimming merit badge.
Discuss the Scuba Diver’s Code with your merit badge counselor, and explain the importance of each guideline to a scuba diver’s safety.
Earn an Open Water Diver Certification from a scuba organization recognized by the Boy Scouts of America scuba policy.
Explain what an ecosystem is, and describe four aquatic ecosystems a diver might experience.
Find out about three career opportunities in the scuba industry. Pick one and find out the education, training, and experience required for this profession. Discuss this with your counselor, and explain why this profession might interest you.

Citizenship in the Community

Citizenship in the Nation

Citizenship in the World

Communications

Cooking

Dentristry

Emergency Preparedness

Environmental Science

Family Life

First Aid

Medicine

Personal Fitness

Personal Management

Boy Scout Swim Test

 Young swimCost $10

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Swimmer

  1. Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  2. Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  3. The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  4. Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Beginner

  1. Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  2. Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  3. Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

Non-Swimmer

Did not complete either of the swimming tests.