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SCOUT Water Safety Chant

Summer is here and that means it is time for lots of aquatics activities! Cub Scouts can be so eager to get in the water and have some fun that it is difficult to get them to listen to the rules. The new Cub Scout program introduces the SCOUT water safety chant. This helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.

Like many parts of the new Cub Scout program, I appreciate this approach because it presents the material in a simple format that young boys can absorb and understand. It emphasizes the important points of adult supervision, safe area, buddies, and paying attention to the rules.  

You might find it helpful to make a large poster to help them with the chant. They could do the whole thing together or you could have different buddy pairs do each line. If you see some of them are not following the rules during the activity, have them come in and do the chant again.  There are more suggestions for teaching and using the chant in the handbooks and the den leader guides.

This isn’t a substitute for Safe Swim Defense or Safety Afloat. You will still need adults trained in these areas to carry out your swimming and boating activities. The chant is just to help the youth understand the most basic rules.

SCOUT Water Safety Chant

S is Someone’s watching.
Never swim alone.

C is Check the rules.
Know where you can roam.

O is Only buddies
should go far from the shore.

U is know what “U” can do
Don’t do any more.

T is Tell a grown-up
if someone’s in need.

SCOUT shows safety
Now you take the lead.

3 Responses to SCOUT Water Safety Chant

  1. Paul August 14, 2015 at 8:36 PM #

    Thanks a lot! Headed for our Floats and Boats belt loops this Sunday!!

  2. Mrs C November 13, 2018 at 11:29 AM #

    Has anyone ever written an email or letter to a local hotel with pool to ask if their scouts can use the pool to fulfill this badge? We’re in NY and really don’t have an outdoor choice between October-May. I’d love to see a sample request if you’ve done it. Our troop can hire lifeguards to instruct the kids on how to help someone in distress without entering the pool and also to help with the safely entering the pool/blowing bubbles. Thanks for any input on how you’ve fulfilled the requirements 😁

    • Arleen Parker February 19, 2019 at 2:57 PM #

      We used our local Y – during open swim.

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