Chicago Whitewater Association

Chicago Whitewater Association is a 501(c) non-profit organization. Chicago, Illinois

CWA provides instruction to Boy Scouts for Kayaking Merit Badge

09/18/2017 6:06 PM | Tom Costello (Administrator)

Sunday, Sept 17, 2017

Twenty area Boy Scouts received their Kayaking Merit Badge thanks to CWA providing instructors and gear. CWA agreed to provide equipment including 12 boats, paddles and PFDs to 11 - 17 year old Boy Scouts. Jeff Brown (Yak Shack owner and CWA member, ) provided 10 sets of boats, paddles and PFDs also. Instruction was done by Kyle Christensen (ACA L4), Mel Holmberg and Tom Costello (ACA L4). The Kayaking Merit Badge requirements are to demonstrate safety, paddling and rescue skills. The kids were a little tentative when the first task was a wet exit. Then they took to the sport with everyone completing rescue requirements using no-float rec boats, creek, river runners, 12.5 ft tour and play boats. We thought 30% would not be able to do it with a rec boat but they all completed the requirements in 1/2 the time allowed!

We hope to continue providing support to Boys and Girl Scouts and anyone else interested in the sport. Safety #1, Fun #2.


Tom Costello

CWA President

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