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Greetings Aquatics Enthusiasts!


The Aquatics Committee would like to extend a huge THANK YOU to all of the volunteers and particpants who attended the inaugural GEC Day on the Water on Sunday, 6/4.  You helped make it a very successful event!  Our sincere gratitude to Rich Glovin, Dave Candey, and the members of the Lake Washington Sailing Club who hosted the event and provided instruction, equipment, and support that helped make it a safe and fun time.  Plans are already in the works for next year's Day on the Water...


Any feedback on the event will be greatly appreciated.  Tell us what you liked, what you would do differently, and what you would like to see at the next Day on the Water.  Please send comments to Phil Allen at


A pair of eyeglasses was left at the kayak/stand up paddleboard station.  Please contact Phil Allen to retrieve them.


GEC Vessel Loan Program


Did You Know that GEC has an inventory of canoes, kayaks, SUPs, sailboats, and even powerboats that are available for loan to units within the Council? The GEC maintains this inventory at the Council Camps and at its warehouse in Sacramento.  Although many of the paddlecraft and vessels are moved to the Council Camps during the summer months, there are always canoes and kayaks available for loan from the Sacramento warehouse. Thinking of a spring or fall outing?  Much of the Council Camp inventory is stored in Sacramento when the camps close for the season, so even more paddlecraft and vessels are available during the off-season.

Contact Bill Roe or Phil Allen for details.


Upcoming Events:


·         Good news for those who need to take a BSA swim test!  Any scout needing a swim test certification can now take the swim test and get certified at the Sacramento Central YMCA at 2021 W Street, Sacramento (map).  The cost is five dollars and the test will be administered by a YMCA lifeguard during open swim time.  Contact Ali Amundson at the YMCA at or call the YMCA at (916) 452-9622.


·         National Camp School Aquatics Instructor training.  The GEC still needs trained aquatics instructors so that we can grow our program and comply with BSA national requirements.  The training schedule for next year will be posted when it becomes available.


Committee Meetings. The aquatics committee normally meets on the second Wednesday of each month at the Golden Empire Council office, 251 Commerce Circle.  Meetings start at 6:30 pm. There will be no Aquatics Committee meeting in September.  The next meeting is scheduled for October 11, 2017.

For additional information contact:

Phil Allen, Aquatics Committee Chair


GEC Aquatics Committee meeting minutes May 10, 2017

GEC Aquatics Committee meeting minutes April 12, 2017

GEC Aquatic Merit Badge Counselor Training Policy

GEC Merit Badge Counselor Interim Criteria

GEC Aquatics Whitewater Training

Day on the Water Event Planning Guide

Additional Resources

BSA National Website

BSA National Aquatics Task Force Newsletter December 2016

BSA National Aquatics Task Force Newsletter March 2016




This site was updated on September 10, 2017


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