BSA provides Bear den meeting ideas for den leaders on the Scouting.org website. These Cub Scout Bear den meeting plans are step by step guides to carrying out a den meeting. In addition to the basic den meeting plans, there are supplemental plans which can be used if you have additional meetings left. Today we will look at a den meeting plan which focuses on aquatics. It covers requirements for Bear Elective 19 – Swimming and the Swimming Belt Loop.
If you don’t already have the BSA den meeting plans, download BSA Bear Den Meeting Supplemental Plan L to follow along with this article.
Cub Scout Bear Den Meeting Plans: Swimming
Preparation and Before the Meeting
First of all, the adults involved in this meeting should take the Safe Swim Defense training at MyScouting.org. This will teach them all of the precautions necessary to plan and carry out a swimming activity under the auspices of the BSA.
You will also need to arrange to meet at an appropriate location for this meeting. If you do it during the summer, then you probably have a community swimming pool where you can meet. During cooler months, look for an indoor pool. There might be a public facility in your area, or check with local schools and YMCAs.
Check out my gathering activities page for ideas. You could use your gathering time to make thank you cards or a small thank you poster for the staff at the pool you are visiting.
Keep business short and sweet.
Start by explaining the buddy system and the other aspects of Safe Swim Defense:
Elective 19d: Tell what is meant by the buddy system. Know the basic rules of safe swimming.
Next, cover some basic skills:
Elective 19a: Jump feet first into water over your head, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, and swim back.
Elective 19b: Swim on your back, the elementary backstroke, for 30 feet.
Elective 19c: Rest by floating on your back, using as little motion as possible for at least one minute.
Elective 19e: Do a racing dive from edge of pool and swim 60 feet, using a racing stroke. (You might need to make a turn.)
Finish up with the requirements for the Swimming belt loop:
Complete these three:
- Explain the rules of Safe Swim Defense. Emphasize the buddy system.
- Play a recreational game in the water with your den, pack, or family.
- While holding a kickboard, propel yourself 25 feet using a flutter kick across the shallow end of the swimming area.
You already covered the first one when you did 19d. I recommend you do the kick-board part with the other skills and then move on to a game or two. See my Swimming Belt Loop page for some fun games to play in the water with your den.
After the meeting
The Bears should thank their hosts at the pool and help you clean up.