The Aquatics Program Area at Camp Daniel Boone is easily one of the most rewarding. Our mountain stream-fed lake stays right around 75 degrees Farenheit during the summer, making for a nice way to cool of or just relax and enjoy the view.
Our Aquatics program has a lot to offer, including Swimming Merit Badge, Canoeing Merit Badge, Lifesaving Merit Badge, Rowing Merit Badge, and the BSA Lifeguard and Mile Swim programs. We also offer Instructional Swim and a Kayak Roll Clinic.
Required Age: 14 or have completed the 8th grade.
This is a rigorous program that certifies a Scout to be a Lifeguard. Scouts are required to spend several hours a day (between 10:00am and 5:00 P.M.) in the Aquatics area. Physical strength, stamina, and the mental discipline to handle a great deal of written work is required. Bring long pants and long-sleeved button-down shirt, and shoes that can get wet for clothes inflation. This program is recommended only for older Scouts and strong swimmers. CPR Certification must be completed outside of camp for certification.
This is an excellent merit badge to introduce boating to Scouts. While good physical strength and stamina adds to the experience, almost anyone can enjoy their time in a canoe once they understand the techniques. Scouts should bring a bathing suit and a towel to participate in this session.
Thousands of young men have learned to swim in Lake Allen. If your Troop has Scouts that wish to learn how to swim, or simply want to improve their technique, our staff will be available for training during the 3:30-5:30 open program session.
Kayaking & Roll Clinic
Required Age: 14
Prerequisite: Swimming Merit Badge, Canoeing Merit Badge
This course is an introduction to the sport of kayaking. Taught by experienced and trained staff, students will learn proper care and maintenance of equipment, flat-water and white-water paddling skills, and more advanced techniques such as the Eskimo Roll. A trip on a local whitewater river ($15 cost) will end the course. The river trip may be cancelled due to weather and river conditions. This trip is limited to qualified students only, according to the discretion of the instructor. To participate in the class, Scouts are required to be at least 14 years of age, have canoeing and swimming merit badges, and be physically fit. Attendance at all classes is mandatory to be eligible for the river trip. Kayaking class is taught every day at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00. The roll clinic is scheduled at 1:30 and 2:30 daily. Scouts must enroll in both the class session and the roll clinic in order to complete the course. Fees for the trip are paid upon successful completion of the course. This is NOT a merit badge. Participants will earn the Kayaking BSA Award.
Recommended Age: 12
Prerequisite: Swimming Merit Badge
This is a challenging merit badge that requires physical strength, stamina and decision making ability. Scouts must bring long pants, a long-sleeved button-down shirt, and shoes that can be gotten wet.
Recommended Age: 13
For the ultimate test of physical fitness and swimming ability in the BSA, the session will work up to the mile every day by building endurance through supervised training sessions. Scouts and Scouters that earn the Mile Swim at Camp Daniel Boone can wear their award with pride.
Rowing has long been recognized as one of the best activities for developing strength and muscle tone in the upper body. This session will teach the proper techniques and safety procedures for this sport. Scouts should bring a swimming suit and a towel for this class.
One of the first Eagle-required merit badges that Scouts should attempt, swimming is taught in the heat of the afternoon at LakeAllen. Participants should bring shoes, socks, swim trunks, long pants, belt, and a long-sleeved shirt that can get wet, and they should bring a pair of swimming trunks and a towel to every class.