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Search and Rescue merit badge The BSA announced the new Search and Rescue merit badge today at a casino in Nevada. Why there? The 2012 National Search and Rescue Conference is going on there today, so it makes sense. The requirements aren't public yet, but should be available soon.
It sounds like it could be a very fun (and popular) merit badge, possibly combining skills in first aid, navigation, leave no trace, knots, and lifesaving. It should certainly fit nicely in Many Point Scout Camp's All Things Emergency Response program this summer.

Kayaking merit badge The Kayaking merit badge has also been announced and is due out on June 13. This is scheduled to cover basic flat-water kayaking skills and safety, leaving whitewater kayaking as part of the Whitewater merit badge.
I see it as a good addition to the Canoeing, Motorboating, Rowing, Smallboat Sailing, and Water Sports merit badges.

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Posted: 16:05 06-06-2012 863
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 Jun 06, 2012 - Michael Kuklok
I am the creator of the All Things Emergency (Wilderness) Response program at Many Point, and it will definitly be a part of the program this year.

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Jun 09, 2012 - Yukon Jack
This is fantastic!  As an Alaskan, we're always in need of S&R people and this is a great way to teach young men this needed skill.  After all, if you can rescue others, you should be able to take care of yourself.  Any word on if this will become a require-for-eagle MB (like wilderness survival and orienteering should be in my opinion)?  Thanks for the notification.
Jun 10, 2012 - Scouter Paul
Jack - it is not Eagle-required.

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