The Aquatics Program Area at Camp Daniel Boone is easily one of the most rewarding. Our mountain stream-fed lake stays right around 63 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.

BSA Lifeguard

Required Age: 15 (This is also open to leaders)

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 disci-
pline to handle a great deal of written work is required. This program is recommended only for older Scouts and strong swimmers. American Red Cross First Aid and CPR / AED for the Professional Rescuer, or equivalent training courses from recognized agencies are required to complete the course. You must bring proof of current certifications in these areas to camp with you or the BSA Lifeguard card cannot be issued.



All Ages 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.

Instructional Swim

All Ages 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 MB & Roll Clinic Required Age: 14 (Open to Leaders) Prerequisite: Swimming Merit Badge, Canoeing Merit Badge, pass the BSA Swimmers test 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. 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. Personal wet suits, shorties and river shoes may be used.


Recommended Age: 12 Prerequisite: Swimming MeritBadge

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.


Mile Swim

Recommended Age: 13,
Adults Welcome 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. 


All Ages
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.


All Ages
One of the first Eagle-required merit badges that Scouts should attempt, swimming is taught in the heat of the afternoon at Lake Allen. 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.

Polar Bear Swim

All Ages
This is a Fun Activity, no award will be presented. Enjoy an early morning swim in the exhilarating waters of Lake Allen. Polar Bear Swim will be offered one morning a week at 6:30 AM. A Polar Bear Plunge Patch is available in the trading post forpurchase.