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Bear Salmon Run Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas

This information is for the Cub Scout program before the June 1, 2024 updates. After June 2024, all Cub Scouts should use the updated program requirements. See here.

Salmon Run is one of the Bear elective adventures. For the Salmon Run adventure, Bears learn swimming and boating safety rules and then go have fun in the water.

Cub Scouts learn the importance of the buddy system and of lifeguards. They also learn about the rules of boating and why they should wear a PFD. They demonstrate that they have basic swimming abilities and can do simple rescue throws.

Requirements for the Bear Salmon Run Adventure

Complete requirements 1–4 plus two others

  1. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a swimming area. Tell how the buddy system works and why it is important.
  2. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family. Go swimming or take a swimming lesson
  3. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
  4. Identify the safety equipment needed when going boating.
  5. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and canoeing are good exercise.
  6. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
  7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
  8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of America.
  9. Earn the BSA beginner swim classification.

Resources for Bear Den Leaders and Parents

BSA Swim Test

The BSA swim test is used to determine ability level so that participants can swim in an area which is appropriate for them.

Water Rescue Methods

Water rescue methods are methods used to rescue someone who is in trouble in the water.

SCOUT Water Safety Chant

This chant helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.

Sharks and Minnows

This game can be used at your pack pool party or at a meeting focused on swimming skills.

Safe Swim Defense

Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.

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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