Boyscout Merit Badges & Swim Test

Lifesaving Merit Badge


No Boy Scout will ignore a plea for help. However, the desire to help is of little use unless one knows how to give the proper aid. The main purpose of the Lifesaving merit badge is to prepare Scouts to assist those involved in water accidents, teaching them the basic knowledge of rescue techniques, the skills to perform them, and the judgment to know when and how to act so that they can be prepared for emergencies.

Upcoming Dates - FALL 2015 (Start time 10:00 am):

Sat. October 24, 2015

Sat. November 21, 2015

Sat. December 5, 2015

Upcoming  Dates - SPRING 2016 (New Start Time of 11:00 am):

Sat.  January 9, 2015

Sat. February 13, 2015

Sat. March 12, 2015

Tue. March 15, 2015

Sat. April 2, 2015

Sat. May 14, 2015

Swimming Merit Badge


Swimming is a leisure activity, a competitive sport, and a basic survival skill. Scouts who earn this badge will learn about safety when swimming and diving, how swimming can contribute to overall fitness and health, and gain some basic competitive swimming skills.

Upcoming Dates - FALL 2015 (Start time 10:00 am):

Sat. October 10, 2015

Sat. November 14, 2015

Sat. December 12, 2015

Upcoming  Dates - SPRING 2016 (New Start Time of 11:00 am):

Sat.  January 30, 2015

Sat. February 27, 2015

Thur. March 17, 2015

Sat. March 19, 2015

Sat. April 16, 2015

Sat. May 28, 2015

Scuba Diving Merit Badge


Achievement of the Scuba Diving merit badge will result in a PADI Open Water Diver Certification. This is a lifetime certification that is only the first step into an endless world of new experiences, adventure and fun.

Counselors for the Scuba Diving merit badge must be registered with the Boy Scouts of America and be approved by the district/council advancement committee.

Like other merit badges, the Scuba Diving merit badge has been developed to teach and train youth in a manner consistent with the overall goals and values of the Boy Scouts of America.

The merit badge counselor should be fair and consistent when presenting and evaluating the knowledge and skills specified by the requirements. None of the requirements may be modified or omitted.

Scuba industry standards for Open Water Diver Certification require the student to be at least 15 years of age. Students under the minimum age who meet open water scuba performance requirements may qualify for a special certification that allows them to dive with an adult buddy who has, as a minimum, an open water scuba certification. Several of the scuba organizations recognized by the BSA offer “junior” open water certifications for those as young as 10; others have a minimum age of 12. Such junior open water diver certifications satisfy Scuba Diving merit badge requirement 4.

Upcoming Dates: Scuba Diving Courses start every Monday

Young swimSwim Test - Cost $10

The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.

Scouts and adults must pass the BSA swim test to take part in most aquatics activites. At camp, there is always a buddy board where you check in according to your ability level. The swim test is also used as a requirement for some advancement. Almost any rank advancement involving swimming or boating will require a swim test.

Call 281-445-3483 to schedule your swim test during normal business hours.  Troops have the option to set up a day for everyone to complete the swim test.