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Our Waterfront staff has been trained to instruct an array of different merit badges and awards that will help you both on your journey through the ranks of Scouting and through your entire life!

Merit Badges:

Please Note: All Waterfront merit badges have the pre-requisite of passing the BSA Swimmer Test and demonstrating CPR. Please see the Pre-Requisite Page for the specific details.





Small-Boat Sailing




Water Sports


Mile Swim:

Looking for the ultimate test of physical endurance and conditioning? Then come down and train for the Mile Swim! The Waterfront staff can help you achieve your goals over the course of the week, then on Friday, attempt to swim the full distance! Volunteers will be needed Friday in Keowa and Ranachqua to serve as Rowers or Spotters to help keep our Swimmers safe!

BSA Snorkeling:

Learn basic snorkeling techniques with the Waterfront Staff. See the Waterfront or Program Director for additional information. *Available by request

BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding:

Learn basic SUP skills and demonstrate your proficiency for the recently released BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding Patch *Available by request

Polar Bear Swim:

Attention early risers! The Polar Bear swim is held in each camp- begin with calisthenics followed by a quick dip in the lake. Be sure to bring a towel and warm clothes for after the swim. It’s not called Polar Bear for nothing! A special patch is available for all those who tough it out. We hope to see you there.

Camp-wide Programs:

Check out any of the following things in your free time! Whether it’s just to cool off on a hot day, or get out in a boat and have some fun.

Camp-wide Games:

Feel like you’re the best of the best when it comes to Aquatic skills? Go up against the competition in any one of the challenging games at the Waterfront.

Tower Duty:

The Waterfront Staff is always looking for a little bit of extra help from our dedicated leaders. If you feel like you can help provide an extra set of eyes see the Waterfront Director. We always appreciate the help.


Second Class Aquatic Skills:

Scouts will be taught how to demonstrate their ability within the aquatics area. These skills include: knowing what must be done in order to have a safe swim, passing the BSA Beginner Ability Test, and demonstrating some basic water rescue techniques.

First Class Aquatic Skills:

All Scouts will further develop their ability across all the aquatic disciplines. This will include: passing the BSA Swimmer Ability Test, completing a mock rescue with the use of a line, and demonstrating knowledge of the precautions for a safe trip afloat.

Training Programs

BSA Lifeguard:

Lifeguarding is a difficult, yet immeasurably valuable skill to possess. The BSA Lifeguard program is open to both qualified Scouts and Adults and will take the entire week to complete. In order to complete the course, you must complete certification in CPR for the Professional Rescuer. More details are available in the following link. *PRE-REQUISITE WORK REQUIRED*

Instructional Swim:

Camp is a place to learn and develop skills that you maybe didn’t have or wanted to expand. This includes swimming of course! If you wish to develop your swimming ability over the course of the week, our Instructional Swimming sessions are for you! Progress from Non-Swimmer to Beginner or even Beginner to Swimmer and develop a valuable and fun skill that will unlock a world of new opportunities for you to have a great time at camp and in life.

Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat:

Scoutmasters looking to plan fun, and safe aquatic troop outings will want to attend this course. See the Waterfront or Program Director for more details.

Open Swimming/Boating:

Daily opportunities to Swim or go Boating. This includes a chance to use the aquatic elements like the water trampoline or roll log. You staff will make clear the procedures for each camp. Listen closely for buddy checks.