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Aquatic Center- Boy Scout Programs

Whether you are looking for your Scouts first experience on the Water or looking for a comprehensive merit badge program before your week-long adventure, we can help. Our American Canoe Certified Instructors are well versed in Scouting standards and badge criteria, and provide fun, informative, engaging programs for a range of age groups and all experience levels. Our facility has been certified by Greater Los Angeles counsels and we deliver high-quality badge programs focused on your troop's specific goals. You don't have to leave LA to find amazing outdoor experiences. Use the reservation link below to get starting planning your troops day out on the water! We offer educational experiences such as- 

Merit Badge Programs Offered

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Small boat Sailing
  • Water Sports 
  • Stand Up Paddling (Award)

First Paddling Experience (Three Hour Intro to Canoe, Kayak and Paddle Board)

First Paddling Experience

Objectives- Familiarize first-time Paddlers with general Boating and Water Safety and broadly introduce the sports of CANOEING, KAYAKING AND PADDLE BOADING
Course Length- 3 hours
AM Session (9:00-12:00) or (10:00-1:00)
PM Session 1:00-3:00
Ages- Scouts must be at least 7 years old
Group Size- All programs are treated as private Troop events. Troops can schedule events individually or as combined troops. There must be a minimum of 10 scouts and a maximum of 60 scouts. 
10-20 Scouts Cost- $25
20-60 Scout Cost- $15
*Adult leaders are welcome to participate

Description- Our CSUN Boating Instructors/Lifeguards will meet you on our private paddling beach with boats, paddle and life jackets ready to get used. Our Instructors will explain PFDs (personal floatation devices) focusing on how to choose, fit and wear, before practicing some strategies in the water. After that, our Instructors will introduce our paddle craft, paddles and some general strokes and self-rescue techniques according to Scouting Standards. After we will have the majority of our time to 'learn by doing' practicing these skills on our own, via fun games and activities.

This program is designed for young scouts (7 years and older) or scouts who have had little to no exposure to paddle sports. This day of acclimation and empowerment is a great, foundational first step before pursuing Merit Badge level skills. 

*Times are flexible
**Two Hour Kayak or Canoe only sessions are available upon request

Single Day Skills Program

Single Day Programs

During these Full day (five hour) courses, we will focus in on Scout curriculum for each badge or award. The vast majority of these days will be spent outside, taking part in on-water, active, hands-on learning.  
Each badge/award program is custom tailored to the age and previous experience level of your scouts. Depending on the badge, or experience that the troop leader is interested in, additional days may be recommended to increase competency and confidence in these skills. 

Single Day Skills Program

Objectives- Learn the skills and knowledge to receive a Scout Badge/Award 
Course Length- Single Day, Five Hours
Each day runs 9:00-2:00 or 10:00-3:00
Ages- Scouts must be at least 7 years old
Group Size- All programs are treated as private Troop events. Troops can schedule events individually or as combined troops. There must be a minimum of 6 scouts and a maximum of 24 scouts.
Cost per Scout (or adult leader)- $45.00

Description- Between our Center Classrooms, beaches, docks and boating equipment our Boating Instructors/Lifeguards will teach all material according to Boy Scout curriculum. Our engaging educators make learning active, and fun while being safe. Single Day Programs we offer are the following: 

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Small boat Sailing
  • Water Sports 
  • Stand Up Paddling (Award)

Blue Cards and Badges
Blue Cards will be signed off by CSUN Aquatic Center registered Merit Badge Counselors. Single Day programs are not designed for first time paddlers to receive their Badge. Single Day programs are designed to introduce a strong foundation of paddling skills. Only Scouts that have prior paddling experience, or have already completed portions of their blue card requirements may be eligible to receive their badge after a single day at the CSUN Aquatic Center. 

 

Two Day Badge Program

Two Day Programs

During these two full day (five hour) courses, we will focus in on Scout curriculum for each badge or award. The vast majority of these days will be spent outside, taking part in on-water, active, hands-on learning.  
Each badge/award program is custom tailored to the age and previous experience level of your scouts. Depending on the badge, or experience that the troop leader is interested in, additional days may be recommended to increase competency and confidence in these skills. 

Comprehensive Two Day Skills Program

Objectives- Learn the skills and knowledge to receive a Scout Badge/Award 
Course Length- Two Days, Five Hours each
Each day runs 9:00-2:00 or 10:00-3:00
Ages- Scouts must be at least 7 years old
Group Size- All programs are treated as private Troop events. Troops can schedule events individually or as combined troops. There must be a minimum of 6 scouts and a maximum of 24 scouts.
Cost per Scout (or adult leader)- $80.00

Description- Between our Center Classrooms, beaches, docks and boating equipment our Boating Instructors/Lifeguards will teach all material according to Boy Scout curriculum. Our engaging educators make learning active, and fun while being safe. Single Day Programs we offer are the following: 

  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Small boat Sailing
  • Water Sports 
  • Stand Up Paddling (Award)

Blue Cards and Badges
Blue Cards may be signed off by CSUN Aquatic Center registered Merit Badge Counselors. Two Day programs are designed for first time paddlers to receive their Badge. Two Day programs are designed to introduce a strong foundation of paddling, and rescue skills, as well as additional maintenance and equipment based knowledge. 

 

Other Boating Experiences- Private Scouting Events

For sailing, waterskiing, wakeboarding, or other water activity, our Center is more than happy to work with you to create the perfect private event. Please call us at 661-257-0571, or email   to create your ideal program! 

Private Programs include- 
Blue Card Assessment Only

Tow Sports (Wakeboarding and Water Skiing)

My First Sail Program

Boy Scout Competitions

 

What is Included in your Fee


Vehicle Entry fees waived into the Castaic Lake Recreation Area
A shaded picnic area and BBQ pits
Access to a private paddling beach 
Red Cross Certified Lifeguards and Boating instructors
Canoes, Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards
All necessary paddling equipment (Lifejackets, paddles, etc)
SMART Classrooms if classroom session are included in your program
Water Jugs and Water Fountains throughout the park (We do not provide bottles or cups)

*Transportation and food are not provided
**CSUN reserves the right to cancel or reschedule programs due to inclement weather

Eagle Scout Projects

Our Aquatic Center is always looking for Scouts who are interested in bettering their community via service projects. With the CSUN Aquatic Center serving over 2,000 underresourced youth throughout the Greater Los Angeles area every year, we are looking for all the help we can get! Please call us at 661-257-0571 or email us at to become part of our team via service projects.