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Difference between canoe merit badge and row boat merit badge?

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Yes, he already has the swimming MB. That isn't required to do those MBs, is it? His friend doesn't have the swimming MB and are planning on doing canoe/rowing together.

Not required. Just helpful. Son #2 never earned swimming, but is a solid swimmer. If his friend is of a similar mindset (certified elsewhere, or swims a lot, just not interested in a patch) he'll be a good buddy to have in the class.


Sometimes kids marginally past swim tests (although the requirement is to "swim in a strong manner"). Such boys will find swamping drills a tiring venture.


But, these are things that boys learn by trying. A good SM, Troop Guide, or SPL will be able to encourage boys who hit that wall.

Edited by qwazse
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