Old Hickory Council - Hanging Rock District

Troop 444: Rowing Merit Badge






  1. Show that you know first aid for and how to prevent injuries or illnesses that could occur while rowing, including cold and heat reactions, dehydration, contusions, lacerations, and blisters.
  2. Do the following:
        A. Identify the conditions that must exist before performing CPR on a person. Explain how such
              conditions are recognized.
        B. Demonstrate proper technique for performing CPR using a training device approved by your
  3. Before doing the following requirements, successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. Jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: sidestroke, breaststroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
  4. Review and discuss Safety Afloat and demonstrate the proper fit and use of personal flotation devices (PFDs).
  5. Do ONE of the following:
        A. Alone or with a passenger, do the following correctly in either a fixed-seat or sliding-seat rowboat:
            1. Launch
            2. Row in a straight line for a quarter mile. Stop, make a pivot turn, and return to the starting point.
            3. Backwater in a straight line for 50 yards. Make a turn under way and return to the starting point.
            4. Land and moor or rack your craft.
            5. Tie the following mooring knots: - clove hitch, roundturn with two half hitches, bowline, Wellman's
                  knot, and mooring hitch.
        B. Participate as a rowing team member in a competitive rowing meet. The team may be sponsored by
              a school, club, or Scout unit. The meet must include competition between two or more teams with
              different sponsors. Complete at least 10 hours of team practice prior to the meet.
  6. Do ONE of the following:
        A. In a fixed-seat rowboat, come alongside a dock and help a passenger into the boat. Pull away from
              the dock, change positions with your passenger, and scull in good form over the stern for 10 yards,
              including at least one 180-degree turn. Resume your rowing position, return alongside the pier, and
              help your passenger out of the boat.
        B. In a sliding-seat rowboat, come alongside a pier and, with your buddy assisting you, get out onto the
              pier. Help your buddy into the boat. Reverse roles with your buddy and repeat the procedure.
  7. Participate in a swamped boat drill, including righting and stabilizing the craft, reboarding in deep water, and making headway. Tell why you should stay with a swamped boat.
  8. Alone in a rowboat, push off from the shore or a dock. Row 10 yards to a swimmer. While giving instructions to the swimmer, turn the boat so that the swimmer can hold onto the stern. Tow him to shore.
  9. Show or explain the proper use of anchors for rowboats.
  10. Describe the following:
        A. Types of crafts used in commercial, competitive, and recreational rowing.
        B. Four common boat building materials. Give some positive and negative points of each.
        C. Types of oarlocks used in competitive and recreational rowing.
  11. Discuss the following:
        A. The advantage of feathering oars while rowing
        B. Precautions regarding strong winds and heavy waves, and boat-handling procedures in rough water
              and windstorms.
        C. How to properly fit out and maintain a boat in season, and how to prepare and store a boat for winter
        D. How to calculate the weight a boat can carry under normal conditions
        E. The differences between fixed-seat and sliding-seat rowing
        F. The different meanings of the term sculling in fixed- and sliding-seat rowing
        G. The health benefits from rowing for exercise

Rowing 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.