The Aquatics Program is one of the most popular in camp and features many activities other then the merit badge program. Our Aquatics program is divided into two areas the Boat House and the Pool.

Merit Badges taught at the Boat House include:

  • Canoeing
  • Rowing
  • Kayaking
  • Fishing

Merit Badges taught at the Pool include:

  • Swimming
  • Lifesaving

In addition to the merit badges offered, Scouts may also earn BSA awards in stand up paddle boarding, mile swim or even BSA Lifeguard.

For Scouts who want to explore the Aquatics program without committing to a merit badge session, we offer an extensive open program throughout the day.  Cool off on a hot summer day with an early morning or late afternoon swim, or take part in open boating to enjoy a warm evening on the lake in a kayak or canoe, or on a stand up paddleboard.


BSA Lifeguard

Scouts and adults who attend summer camp at CTSR have the opportunity to  complete the BSA Lifeguard program.  BSA Lifeguard is recognized by the State of Pennsylvania as equivalent to lifeguarding programs offered by the American Red Cross.  Individuals may use the certificate upon completion to work at parks, pools, and camps anywhere in the state, including CTSR! BSA Lifeguard is a very rigorous program and requires a full time commitment while at summer camp.  Participants must be at least 15 years old and it is recommended that Scouts who wish to take the Lifeguard course have already completed Swimming, Lifesaving, and Rowing merit badges and demonstrate strong swimming ability.

In order to earn the lifeguard certificate, the participant must be certified in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer or Basic Life Support and American Red Cross Standard First Aid or equivalents recognized by Pennsylvania.  Both certifications may be earned at camp.