The Mile Swim is a tradition at most Boy Scout summer camps. It is a challenge for Scouts to swim this far and is not unusual for them to attempt it the first year or two and not be able to complete it. But when they finally do, it gives them a great sense of accomplishment.
Boy Scouts who complete the Mile Swim receive a patch to wear on their swim trunks. There is also a wallet card available.
Mile Swim BSA Requirements
- Explain how regular exercise contributes to good health and why swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.
- Tell what precautions and procedures a swimmer and escort must follow for distance swimming over open water.
- Under the supervision of a currently qualified certified aquatics instructor, BSA or equivalent, participate in 4 hours of training and preparation for distance swimming (1 hour a day maximum).
- Swim 1 mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.