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As the crew traced the undulating coves and bluffs


of the island’s shore, some of this mysterious underwa- ter life revealed itself, to the cheers and shouts of the kayakers. Beneath the boats, clouds of silvery Pacific jack mackerel, glinting like mirrors, swirled in the sun. Several seals poked their heads out of the water, looked quizzically at the pod of kayaks, and disappeared only to pop up even closer to the boats, their eyes shiny like marbles. Later, an enormous bewhiskered California sea lion appeared, inspected the group grumpily, and slid beneath the silky surface just as easily as it came. The kayakers naturally spread out, trickling into groups of twos and threes. Some kids explored the


PADDLE FOR A PATCH


There’s good reason why kayaks now drastically outsell canoes. For one, kayaking is easy to learn. That’s one reason why the Boy Scouts of America released a new merit badge for kayaking this past summer, with only one prerequisite: a swim test. During about a week of summer camp—or the equivalent time period—the program introduces Scouts to a range of knowledge and skills. It starts with safety, but Scouts also learn about the differ- ent kinds of kayaking, kayak design, and how to paddle the boat efficiently. “Compared to canoeing, the double-bladed paddle


makes it easier to go straight,” says Patrick Noack, the chairman of the BSA’s National Aquatics Task Force. “Kayaking is very good from a beginner standpoint, because you can learn very quickly.” And learning quickly leads to the whole point: fun.


Find more information on the Kayaking merit badge requirements at scoutingmagazine.org/kayaking.


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