Kayaking is an exciting way to experience the beauty of nature while gaining valuable knowledge and skills. To earn the Kayaking Merit Badge, Scouts must complete various requirements set forth in the official merit badge pamphlet. This guide will provide the worksheet and requirements needed to earn the merit badge.

Worksheet & Requirements

The Scout’s Official Kayaking Merit Badge pamphlet outlines the specific worksheet and requirements needed to earn the badge. Generally, the following must be completed in order to receive the badge:

  • Successfully complete the BSA Swimmer Test. Jump feet-first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards.
  • Understand basic safety rules for kayaking.
  • Understand the principles of Leave No Trace when kayaking.
  • Understand the importance of proper clothing for kayaking.
  • Understand and demonstrate how to carry out a wet exit from a kayak.
  • Demonstrate proper paddling skills (strokes, braces, and sweeps).
  • Demonstrate knowledge of waterway markers, hand signals, and common courtesy on the water.
  • Understand and demonstrate how to make basic rescues.
  • Demonstrate the ability to perform a capsize drill.
  • Understand the principles of advanced kayaking skills.

The Scout’s Merit Badge pamphlet also contains a worksheet to help Scouts complete the requirements and keep track of their progress.


The Kayaking Merit Badge requires careful and patient preparation, dedication, and skillful execution. Once the worksheet and requirements are completed, Scouts can proudly wear the badge and show their accomplishments.

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