Welcome the Three Fires Council Paddling Page

Our goal is to promote safe paddling, help Scouts get out on the water, paddle better, and explore new places. Click on any of the links below to enhance your paddling experience.

Merit Badges and Adult Instruction

Canoeing Merit Badge

Whitewater Merit Badge

Paddle Craft Safety Course

BSA Stand Up Paddle Boarding

kayakingKayaking Merit Badge

Kayaking is a relatively new Merit Badge, having been and activity before. Ideally, Scouts begin acquiring the skills on flat, protected waters such as small lakes like Blackwell FP and Busse Woods. The skills are then transferred to moving water like the Fox and DuPage Rivers. Paddling in the wind and current is where the skills are honed to  a higher level.

Currently in Three Fires Council there are a limited number of Merit Badge Counselors, and very few with access to boats for training. If you need access to a MB Counselor, or more information contact , contact Bob Faber at 847-428-2533 or

Canoeing Kayaking Whitewater    BSA Stand Up

Resources, Trip Planning and Skill Videos

Instructional Paddling Articles and Videos
Canoe Tripping and Camping Articles
Where to Paddle in Our Area
Paddling Trips Further Away