Olympia Branch Sea Kayaking South Sound Islands


Olympia Branch Sea Kayaking South Sound Islands

A pin and badge for circumnavigating islands in the South Puget Sound by sea kayak.


Earn a pin to wear and a badge for your profile by circumnavigating these 7 islands by sea kayak:

  • Squaxin Island
  • Anderson Island
  • Stretch and Reach Islands (must be circumnavigated in a figure eight)
  • McNeil Island
  • Fox Island
  • Ketron Island
  • Hartstene Island

A circumnavigation is defined as the act of paddling around the intended island while continuously keeping only the intended island to your starboard or port, whichever may apply. You may maintain any distance from the shore as long as no other landmass comes between your boat and the island being circumnavigated.

This pin could be achieved without exceeding an SKII+ rating. If Hartstene Island, the largest of the South Sound Islands, is paddled in a two day camping trip, no circumnavigation would require more than 13 nm of paddling in one day.


  • Shall be an official Mountaineer trip advertised on the Mountaineers website and open to any qualified Mountaineer paddler.
  • Rescheduling due to weather or other parameters is acceptable. Paddlers registered for the original trip should be encouraged to participate on the rescheduled day.
  • Shall have at least three participants including leader.
  • Must be a current Mountaineers member.
  • It is recommended that participants paddle within one SK rating of their previous experience. Details of the Sea Kayak (SK) rating system can be found in the Mountaineers Kayak Leadership Manual, or check with the trip leader.
  • Those pursuing an award must keep their own records, including date, leader and branch listing the trip, a list of all other participants and a brief report of the trip. Download a South Sound Islands Paddle Pin Tracking Form.
  • To receive your award and be recognized at your branch's annual banquet, you must submit documentation using the official paddle pin form to the Olympia Kayak Awards Coordinator by September 30.
  • No trip paddled prior to January 2003 will count towards achievement of these awards."


Jean Fisher, Wb2jean@yahoo.com