Chain Bridge District Merit Badges Afloat (Fall)
No Registration Online is needed. Register using the attached registration form
This event is open to any teen 1st Class BSA Scouts age 13 and older, Those attending the entire event will earn the Merit Badges of Smallboat Sailing, Weather, & Oceanography. One registered Scout adult from each participating Troop for the overnight camp out, must stay the night. Scouts who register must attend the full time on both days!! Please do not sign-up for this merit badge training if you can’t be there for the full time. Space is limited to 40 Scouts - First come, first served. Every year we have put this on to FULL Capacity.
Payment is required with registration form. A waiting list will be maintained after the event is full. Refunds will be given for cancellations received prior to September 1st 2019 - ONLY IF YOUR SPOT IS FILLED with someone on the waiting list. NO REFUNDS will be given for cancellations on or after that date. An e-mail confirmation will be sent to the Troop leader or parent, once registration has been received.
Boys Bring: Rubber-soled shoes with closed toe and heel (NO flip flops or water sandals), Rain jacket and/or sweatshirt, sunscreen, hat, water bottle, sunglasses, tent, sleeping bag, & Mess kits. Boy Scouts ‘Be Prepared’ as it’s cool on-the-water with the Fall breezes blowing this time of year (especially early in the morning). Come with layers.
Leaders: Bring up-to-date BSA Medical Form (Parts A & B) PLUS your Troop’s locally prepared permission slip for each Boy Scout attending. You will need to turn in a copy of these forms to the adult-in-charge of the event, so be sure to keep the original for your own records. No Scout will be allowed to participate without these forms on file. We do ask that at least one adult from each Troop represented with more than one scout, stay the during the day time (this duty may be divided up among several different adults throughout the weekend). One registered Scout adult from each participating Troop must stay the night for the overnight tent camp out.
Questions? First read the Frequently Asked Questions section below. If your question is not answered there, feel free to contact Tom Ballew (Skipper of Sea Scout Ship 1942) at WThomasBallew@gmail.com. Only a check received reserves the actual sailing slot.
What if it rains that weekend?
The event will be held rain or shine. If weather conditions are unsafe for sailing, other activities will be done on land until the weather conditions improve. All Guide to Safe Scouting requirements will be followed. In the unlikely event that the workshop is cancelled due to severe weather conditions, the payment will be refunded. A rain proof jacket is a must.
Can my son or daughter just come on one day and earn just one of the Merit Badges?
No. Activities from each of the three merit badges are covered on both of the days, so if a Scout attends just one day they will have completed only part of each of these merit badges. This is because we will have some scouts out on-the-water and some scout doing land activities at all times to make the best use of all our sailboats and give each Scout the best sailing experience.
Will my son or daughter actually get to sail?
Yes, they will spend a great deal of time on-the-water, in one of our six 19’ Flying Scot sailboats. There will be very experienced teen Sea Scout sailors on every boat as their Sailing Instructors, but the scouts attending the Merit Badges Afloat event will be allowed, and eventually expected, to handle their boat.
Is there a limit to attendance as to the number of Scouts from any one Troop?
YES. A Scout may come as an individual, or a single Troop may only sign up five (5) Scouts from any one Troop at a time to attend any offering of Merit Badges Afloat. Many Troops continue to send five of their scouts to each and every MBA. If a Troop is going to Sea Base in 2020, we will waive that 5 Scout only limitation.
Can the adults attending, sail as well?
No, unfortunately we must limit this event to the Scouts only due to the number of sailboats we own and will have available for our use; but you are more than welcome to stay and take a 1,000 Kodiak picture moments.
What are the overall qualifications of the adults-in-charge?
Our adult leaders have hundreds of years of combined sailing and on-the-water sail teaching experience. They are certified Boys Scouts of America National Camping School Aquatics Instructors and American Red Cross Waterfront & Pool Lifeguard and Wilderness First Aid Instructors.