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Aug 8-10, 2014
Kansas Sea Base

Kansas Sea Base 2014

Since its beginning, the Boy Scouts have encouraged outdoor adventures as learning
experiences. In that tradition, Kansas Sea Base (KSB), an inland water safety and merit
badge program, was developed by the Konza District of the Coronado Area Council, Boy
Scouts of America. The program is cosponsored by the Blue Valley Yacht Club the Blue
Valley Youth Sailing Foundation, and the Manhattan Master Rowing Club. Kansas Sea Base
uses keel boats, Sunfish, kayaks, canoes, rowing shells, motor boats and ski boats provided
by supporting organizations to teach the merit badges. KSB offers First Class and above Boy
Scouts, who are at least 13 years of age, and male and female Venture Scouts the
opportunity to complete one of these merit badges: Small Boat Sailing, Canoeing, Kayaking,
Motor Boating, Rowing, or Water Sports. The Water Sports merit badge is a demanding
course making prior water skiing or wake boarding experience very helpful in completing the
course at Kansas Sea Base.

Kansas Sea base is located on the grounds of the Blue Valley Yacht Club (BVYC) on Tuttle
Creek Lake approximately 16 miles north of Manhattan, KS (see map). The adventure
begins Friday, August 8 with checking is starting at 5:00 p.m. Youth need to be present when
the program begins at 7:00 p.m. Friday. They need to remain until closing on Sunday,
August 10, at 11:30 a.m. Scouts need to provide their own eating utensils. Meals are served
from a central kitchen to all Scouts and Scouters with Scouts providing kitchen support on a
rotating schedule. There must be an adult leader for every eight youth from each unit. Adult
leaders will be expected to supervise and assist all youth and will be asked to serve as safety
observers of water activities. The rules of the Safe Scouting Manual will apply, including
requirements for female Venture Scouts.

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