Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Motorboating Merit Badge






  1. Do the following:
        A. Explain first aid for injuries that could occur while motorboating, including hypothermia, heat
              reactions, dehydration, motion sickness, insect stings, tick bites, and blisters.
        B. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person, and explain how such
              conditions are recognized. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training
              device approved by your counselor.
  2. Do the following:
        A. Before doing requirements 3 through 6, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
        B. Name the different types of personal floatation devices (PFDs), and explain when each type should
              be use. Show how to choose and properly fit a PFD.
  3. Do the following:
        A. Explain inboard, outboard, and inboard/outboard motors and the uses and advantages of each.
              |discuss the special features of a bass boat and a ski boat.
        B. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving handling fuel and engine servicing, and
              equipment storage and placement.
        C. Explain how to winterize a boat motor and tell why this procedure is necessary.
        D. Explain the safety procedures and precautions involving swimmers and skiers in the water,
              passenger positions under way, and boat wakes.
  4. Show you know safety laws for motorboating by doing the following:
        A. Have a permit to run a motorboat, if needed.
        B. Explain the rules or laws that apply to recreational boating in your area or state.
        C. Discuss how the hazards of weather and heavy water conditions can affect both safety and
              performance in motorboating.
        D. Promise that you will follow BSA Safety Afloat guidelines. Explain the meaning of each point.
        E. Discuss with your counselor the nautical rules of the road and describe the national and your state's
              aids to navigation.
        F. Explain and show the correct use of equipment required by both state and federal regulations to be
              carried aboard a motorboat.
        G. Explain federal and state rules for a ventilation system, and tell why these rules are required.
  5. Demonstrate proper boat-handling procedures and skills by doing the following:
        A. Board and assist others in boarding
        B. Fuel the boat and complete a safety check.
        C. Get under way from dockside or from a beach launch.
        D. Run a course for at least a mile, showing procedures for overtaking and passing slower craft, yielding
              right-of-way, passing oncoming traffic, making turns, reversing direction, and using navigation aids.
        E. Stop and secure the boat in position on the open water using anchors; get under way.
        F. Land or dock; get out and assist others.
        G. Moor the boat and secure all gear.
  6. Point out and explain the mechanical and safety features of a boat trailer.
        A. Launch a boat from a trailer.
        B. Remove a boat from the water using a trailer.

Motorboating Worksheets for use in working on these requirements

Boy Scout Oath

On my honor, I will do my best

To do my duty to God and my Country and to obey the Scout Law;

To help other people at all times;

To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

Boy Scout Law

A Scout Is...

A Scout tells the truth.
He keeps his promises.
Honesty is part of his code of conduct.
People can depend on him.
A Scout is true to his family, Scout leaders, friends, school, and nation.LOYAL
A Scout is concerned about other people. He does things willingly for others without pay or reward.HELPFUL
A Scout is a friend to all.
He is a brother to other Scouts.
He seeks to understand others.
He respects those with ideas and customs other than his own.
A Scout is polite to everyone regardless of age or position.
He knows good manners make it easier for people to get along together.
A Scout understands there is strength in being gentle.
He treats others as he wants to be treated.
He does not hurt or kill harmless things without reason.
A Scout follows the rules of his family, school, and troop.
He obeys the laws of his community and country.
If he thinks these rules and laws are unfair, he tries to have them changed in an orderly manner rather than disobey them.
A Scout looks for the bright side of things.
He cheerfully does tasks that come his way. He tries to make others happy.
A Scout works to pay his way and to help others.
He saves for unforeseen needs.
He protects and conserves natural resources.
He carefully uses time and property.
A Scout can face danger even if he is afraid.
He has the courage to stand for what he thinks is right even if others laugh at or threaten him.
A Scout keeps his body and mind fit and clean.
He goes around with those who believe in living by these same ideals.
He helps keep his home and community clean.
A Scout is reverent toward God.
He is faithful in his religious duties.
He respects the beliefs of others.