By Maloree Anderson
Sep 26, 2016

Scouts Set Sail in Salem

dsc_0388Not even the rain could stop these tenacious Scouts. Thanks to our partnership with the Sea Scouts ship sponsored by the Utah Lake Yacht Club, boys had a chance to earn their sailing merit badge at Salem Pond in a Merit Badge Adventure. A cold, constant drizzle didn’t discourage them as they eagerly gathered around each station learning the ins and outs of the sail boats, tying knots, learning about the mass, and properly clipping on life-jackets.

Once the training sessions were complete, the Scouts formed teams and named a captain. Assembling their own sail boat, they boarded their ship, ready to set sail on the pond. There wasn’t much wind, so the crew used their paddle to gently nudge the water for a slight boost.


One boat, two boat, three boat, four: colorful sails on the water made for a sight worthy to be painted. Leaders stood on the shore amongst the ducks and geese and watched their Scouts learn this new skill. It was an excellent way to spend a Saturday morning.

dsc_0361-copyLater, two Scouts, who can definitely do hard things, braved the frigid water and scuttled their boat. The dark clouds above made it the perfect scene when the boat flipped, the sails slapped the water, and the two boys were completely submerged. The leaders shouted words of encouragement as they watched each Scout do his part in righting the sail boat. Quickly, the boat was back to its appropriate stance and teamwork was used so the boys could get back on their ship without it capsizing again. They did it! They completed their Sailing Merit Badge and definitely had a story to tell their friends at school come Monday.


Would you and your Scouts like to join in on these Merit Badge Adventures? Click here to learn more!



Author: Maloree Anderson | is a photographer, graphic designer, mom of one, friend of Scouting and Marketing Specialist with the Utah National Parks Council, Boy Scouts of America.

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