Troop 818 maintains its own fleet of canoes, kayaks stand-up paddle boards and even has a sailboat! Every summer Scouts head to a local body of water and participates in "Summers on the Water." Not only do the Scouts have great summer fun but we are working to prepare all out Scouts in our troop so that they will be ready to attend Northern Tier if they so choose. 

Here are some great resources and videos to help Scouts get prepared to earn the Canoeing and Kayaking merit badges as well as refresh older Scouts before heading out.

BSA Safety Afloat

All BSA Paddlecraft activities must adhere to the BSA Safety Afloat Policies

BSA Safety Afloat

Canoeing Merit Badge Videos

Canoeing overview


Parts of a Canoe, Paddle and Strokes




Fitting a PFD





Kayaking Merit Badge Resources and Videos

Kayaking Resources

Kayaking Basics Animations:

Kayaking Overview


Kayaking Videos

Forward Stroke and 7b Reverse Stroke


Forward and Backward Sweep Stroke


Draw Stroke


Stern Draw


Smallboat Sailing merit badge

Knots for sailing