Rotary Scout Reservation




Rotary Scout Reservation is situated on beautiful Davitt Lake, offering a wonderful natural environment for Aquatic programs.  Scouts may earn merit badges in Canoeing, Kayaking Lifesaving, Rowing, Small Boat Sailing, and Swimming.

In addition to the merit badge program, Scouts may also earn BSA awards in Snorkeling, Stand Up Paddleboarding and the Mile Swim.

For the Scout who wants to explore new Aquatics skills without committing to a merit badge session, or for the Scout who has already earned his badge, the RSR Aquatics program also offers an extensive open program throughout the day.  Cool off on a hot summer day with an early morning or afternoon swim or take part in open boating, where Scouts and leaders can enjoy a warm evening on the lake in one of RSR’s canoes, kayaks, or sailboats.

Scouts are also encouraged to take advantage of swim instruction and stroke improvement classes provided by the trained and certified RSR Lifeguards.  Stroke improvement classes with low camper-to-counselor ratios for more individualized instruction are offered twice a day to better accommodate each Scout’s schedule.


Set Sail For Adventure

Area Merit Badges





Small Boat Sailing


*Eagle Required

Other Area Programs

Aquatics Supervisor

BSA Lifeguard

Instructional Swim

Mike Swim Award

Safe Swim Defense

Safety Afloat

Snorkeling BSA

Stand Up Paddleboarding

BSA Lifeguard

Scouts and adults who attend summer camp at RSR have the opportunity to complete the BSA Lifeguard program.  BSA Lifeguard certification is recognized by the State of New York as equivalent to lifeguarding programs offered by the Red Cross.  Individuals may use the certificate to work at parks, pools and camps anywhere in the state, including RSR!

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 wishing to take the Lifeguard course have already completed Swimming, Lifesaving, and Rowing merit badges and demonstrate strong swimming ability.

In order to complete the certification, the participant must be certified in American Red Cross CPR/AED for the Professional Rescuer and American Red Cross Standard First Aid or equivalents recognized by New York State.  Both certifications may be earned at camp.

Twin Rivers Council, BSA

BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding Award

RSR is excited to be able to offer the BSA Stand Up Paddleboarding Award, a great new program opportunity for older Scouts.  Cruise the lake in style aboard a new stand up paddleboard and earn the BSA SUP Award!