Friday, October 7, 2011

Water Sports Merit Badge

There is a merit badge that it was a little fun, but kind of hard. It is called the Water Sports Merit Badge. It's when I learn how to water ski. All my life since I've been watching The Goofy World of Sports, Aquamania, I had always wanted to water ski just like Goofy did. I have a story to tell you about how I accomplished the Water Sports badge. I have a Home Teacher, named Bob who owns a boat. He asked me if I would like to learn how to water ski. And I said I love to. So he took me and some of his family members to Utah Lake and he taught me how to put on bindings from the skis. And then go in the water, and that's where it began. He starts the boat, and I try to hold on tight, but the towrope made me go to much forward and fall right on my face into the water. That's when I realized that water skiing is harder than it looks. 
 With the boat having so much speed, I couldn't hold on really well. I thought that I didn't have enough strength to do it, so I've been working out with my brother Gym Rat. He taught me lots of ways on how to become a strong guy like him. I had to like learn how to lift weights slowly and steadily to feel the burn and stay sore. Working out with Gym Rat was a little fun, even though it just hurts sometimes and not get used to feel the burn.

Then with a bunch of working out with Gym Rat, I finally got big muscles on my biceps and triceps. I went boating with Bob again and then tried the skis again. Another try to go well, because I kept going the same time, by letting go of the towrope when the boat is going too fast. So, Bob thought of something else that I could try. He thought I could try the knee board. He has a knee board with a special hook to hook the towrope onto there, while the boat was going, I would adjust myself and when keeping balance, I would pick up the towrope and start knee boarding.I tried that, and it worked really better. I didn't make a fall while balancing on the knee board. I went over wakes and kept hold of the towrope. I thought that was much fun than the skis. Bob thought that wouldn't count for the pass off, but my some of my sisters like Princess, Prima Donna, and Crafty came with me to our Uncle Glen's house who has a boat. We went with him and our cousin, Tyler to Utah Lake, and I tried to water skis, but they still didn't work. I think the problem was that my wrist had Keinbock's disease. Remember what I told you before about Keinbock's? It wasn't much fun. Anyway, I did pass if off with Uncle Glen, I have tried my best to get up on the skis, but we all thought the knee board should count for me. My Mom and Dad thought they could ask the BSA company that they could let Boy Scouts who have Keinbock's could pass off the Water Sports badge, by using only a knee board. Okay, the Water Sports badge was really fun, even though it was hard to get on those skis, but I think the knee board is much fun. Until next time, I will tell you how I passed off some more of those badges.


  1. You did an excellent job on the water sports badge! I am so proud of you.

  2. I am not one for speed boats and water skiing, but I sure like being out on the water in my kayak!! Great post. Sounds like you had lots of fun.


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