Choose your Adventure:
Merit Badge Clinics
The Three Fires Council Aquatics Committee host four Merit Badge clinics to allow scouts the opportunity to earn Aquatics Merit Badges outside of summer Camp. All clinics are hosted by trained Three Fires Council instructors who specialize in the merit badge they are hosting. BSA Swimmer Classification is required for all Scouts who attend the boating related courses.
The Pinnacle of any Scouting Career is High Adventure. The Three Fires council has over 4 decades worth of aquatics based high adventure through official BSA programs and non BSA programs including but not limited to the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness, Quetico Provincial Park, Sylvania Wilderness, New River, and others. Contact us to help your Troop plan an adventure of a lifetime!
Organize your own paddling High Adventure trip or scouting day trips. Check these local outfitters:
St. Croix National Scenic Riverway
Paddle Illinois Water Trails
Paddle Wisconsin Rivers
Three Fires Council Aquatics Committee Meets the Third Thursday of each month and is open to any registered leader. Please contact J.R. Wilson to become part of the committee and help make a difference.
The aquatics committee has overall responsibility for the local council’s aquatics activities in Cub Scouts, Scouts BSA, Venturing, and Exploring. Within the local council organization, the aquatics committee reports to either the vice president of program or to the vice president of health and safety. The aquatics committee may be a separate committee or subcommittee within the program or health and safety committee.
Members of the aquatics committee should either be experienced Scouters with a background in aquatics or aquatics specialists interested in becoming involved in the Scouting program. The committee should include at least one individual with a current National Camping School Aquatics Instructor, BSA training card.
In addition to swimming and water-rescue specialists, the committee should include specialists for the type of aquatics activities prevalent in the local council (e.g., snorkeling/scuba, canoe tripping, sailing, whitewater, crew rowing, waterskiing, Sea Scouts, etc.). Select committee members should either be members of or liaisons to other council committees that touch the aquatics committee’s areas of responsibility, including training, advancement, health and safety, camping, etc.
Summer camp aquatics directors should be ex-officio members of the committee during the term of their employment and afterward encouraged to become full-time, year-round volunteer members.
The aquatics committee’s main responsibilities include year-round activities tailored to the local council’s aquatic activities and opportunities.