Boy Scout Archives: First Class Requirement 9 – Safety Afloat, BSA Swimmer Test, and Water Rescue Methods

First Class Scout Badge

  • Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.
  • Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.
  • With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)
Boy Scouts of America

Help for Boy Scout Early Rank Requirements

Boy Scouts working on their Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class ranks might want to check out the early rank requirements videos from the BSA. Troop Instructors will also find these videos helpful when preparing to teach younger scouts a skill. These videos give step by step instructions for all of the requirements for these […]

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Lifesaver

Water Rescue Methods

Since I am focusing on an aquatics theme this month, I thought I’d post about water rescue methods. These are methods used to rescue someone who is in trouble in the water. You will see these methods throughout the BSA programs from Cub Scouts to Boy Scouts to Venturing.

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Swimming Merit Badge

Swimming Merit Badge for Boy Scouts

Our first year Boy Scouts almost always work on Swimming merit badge at summer camp. At our council camps, it is always integrated into the program for first year campers. This works well because the requirements for this badge overlap with the aquatics requirements for Second Class and First Class.

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Lifesaver

BSA Swim Test

Pack your swimsuit on top. Those are always the instructions when packing for summer camp, because one of the first things we will have to do when we get there is the swim test. The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate […]

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Summer Camp

Camp Programs for First Year Boy Scouts

Summer camp is usually the highlight of the Scouting year. It can be particularly exciting for first year Boy Scouts. It can also be a little intimidating. A program designed specifically for new Scouts will help them adjust to camp life.

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Helps and Requirements for the First Class Rank

First Class is earned after Second Class The requirements for First Class continue to teach the youth to the skills he needs to advance in Boy Scouting.

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Safety Afloat

Safety Afloat

Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.

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