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Event Details

Event Type Merit Badge
Title Scuba diving
Location Rawlings, VA  Show Map
Start Date Start Time Stop Date Stop Time
8/12/2019 8:00 am 8/16/2019 1:30 pm
Open for Registration Last day to Register
6/11/2019   8/1/2019
(# badges a single scout can attend)
(cost to attend event)
(Who is invited)
1 $650.00 any scout who wants to attend
Council District Type Unit

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Sponsor Information
~ Must be at least 12 years of age.

~ Who can participate: Scouts, Venturers, parents/leaders, siblings, non-Scout friends, etc.


In a Nutshell:  We will spend the week camping at Lake Phoenix.  Scouts will have the opportunity to earn the Scuba Diving Merit Badge, Scuba BSA, Snorkel BSA, and their PADI certification.  Other planned activities include free swim, bon fire, game night, night dive, and closing luncheon.


For those already open water certified, they may work towards their advanced open water certification.  Specialty dives will include peak performance buoyancy, night dive, and more.  They’ll have opportunities to log more dives and explore all the treasures that Lake Phoenix holds.


Parents are encouraged to earn their certification with their child.  We also need parents for land support – no water required.  Please let me know if you are interested in helping with this important need.  We need at least 3 adults for land support.



The Schedule:


Monday, August 12 – Meet at location TBD in Richmond to transport to Lake Phoenix

8:00 am


Over the course of the week, we will complete the 8 hours of lecture, confined water dives and

open water dives that must be completed for the PADI certification and merit badge. 


Advanced divers will have a review, then work on their advanced dives.


Friday, 12:00 pm – Closing ceremony.  Families are invited to join us for a closing BBQ.  Bring

your swimsuits and enjoy swimming in the lake.  We’ll be done by 1:30 – the lake is open until

dusk, so leave at your leisure.  ALL visitors will need to complete the Lake Phoenix waiver


Mandatory meeting:


July 25, 6:30 pmmandatory planning meeting.  Must bring completed forms.  BSA health form

MUST have doctor signature (Part C).  PADI health form may need a doctor signature.




~ Must have earned swimming merit badge before beginning work on this merit badge.

~ Must have passed BSA swim test within 12 months of July 30, 2019.  Use this form:

~ Fill out online waiver for Lake Phoenix.

~ All campers, youth or adult, need a copy of BSA Health Form Part A, B & C.  Include copy

of insurance card.

~ Signed In Loco Parentis form (attached hereto)


Open Water Certification (new divers):

~ Complete study materials in crew pack.

~ Merit badge requirement #6.

~ Need PADI medical form (in addition to BSA health form).  If answer yes to certain medical

conditions, need signature from doctor.


Advanced Certification:

~ Bring certification card

~ Need PADI medical form for advanced (in addition to BSA health form) –  If answer yes to

certain medical conditions, need signature from doctor.

~ Optional:  bring an underwater camera



Cost and registration:


New Diver:  $650

Advanced Diver:  $550

Non-diver:  $100


Fee includes crew pack, PADI certification, use of regulator, BCD, air, lake entrance and camping

fees, and meals.


Three steps to register:

1)         Email to receive full copy of leader's guide and registration form

2)         Pay online at

The form asks for a “pick up location” - just pick one, it doesn’t matter.  Something the form requires and doesn’t apply to us.

3)         Complete the online waiver for Lake Phoenix

                        Divemaster= MO Owen         Dive Shop=Scuba Merit Badge


Cancellation:  Should you need to cancel before July 26, all but $150 may be refunded.  After July

26, no refund is available, but you may attend one of the other regular classes.  There would be an

additional $50 rescheduling fee.  After July 26, in the case of death of an immediate family

member, sickness or injury, or a military transfer we will refund all but $100 when verified by a

physician, military commander or other such official.
Counselor Information
What to bring:


Mask, fins, snorkel, and booties. 

There are local dive shops where this gear may be purchased – Brunswick Scuba, The Dive

Shop, Patriot Scuba, Lake Phoenix.  One website for mask, fins and snorkels

is  And a nice, reasonably priced bootie can be found at




Swimsuit.  Swim shirt if desired.


Beach towel


Day pack

Dry clothes, PJs

Camp shoes (closed toe shoes for around camp)

Shower shoes

Toiletries (soap, shampoo, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant please)

Bath towel

Personal first aid kit

Water bottle

Crew pack - dive log and pen in plastic bag


Sleeping bag/2 sheets and a blanket





Book, cards or board games

Blue card


Meals and snacks are provided.  Lake Phoenix has a gift shop and concession stand for additional

purchases if desired.


Fishing is prohibited at Lake Phoenix, so please leave any fishing gear at home.


Valuables:  We are not responsible for the loss of or damage to any personal property.  Items you

do not wish to lose leave at home. 

Any questions?  Contact Candy Johnson (479) 466-1547 or

Mark Owen (804) 564-2241
Unit Sign-up Instructions
Email to receive copy of complete leader's guide and sign up iinstructions.
Payment Instructions for the Unit
Email to receive copy of complete leader's guide and sign up iinstructions.
Directions to the Event
We will have a carpool from Richmond, VA or meet at Lake Phoenix.
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