Talk:Paddling Challenge Badge
At 403TO Sea Scouts, we use the ORCKA program as the basis of our canoeing program. We take the paddling badge seriously and only award it now when a Scout has reached an ORCKA Basic 3 level. At this point we can be sure that they can reliably stern a canoe. We also like it because we can award the Basic 1 level quite quickly which encourages progress.
An additional advantage of this is that ORCKA certifications are recognized many places our own paddling badge would not be and so can be a leg up for our youth when applying for camp jobs, etc.
The ORCKA Basic program has 4 levels 1-3 represent various levels of skill in tandem paddling while still remaining at a basic level 4 represents the same skills as levels 1-3, but as a solo paddler
From basic 3 or 4 paddlers can progress to the specific disciplines of ORCKA: Moving Water, Rver Running, Tripping, and Style Paddling.
A number of Scouters have Basic canoeing instructor status and can certify Scouts and Scouters in the program.
There is a Camp Canoeing Instructor certification that allows the instructor to certify Scouts to level 1 or 2. We'll be hosting a course for this in or around Toronto in the spring. It would be a nominal charge only and be a two day course one weekend. Email me at email@example.com if you are interested.