Nothing is as fun on a hot summer day as being with your friends at the pool. These ideas will help you plan a fun aquatics activity for your den or pack. Just make sure you follow the BSA safety rules.
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming. This is a requirement for aquatics activities.
The Cub Scout program introduces the SCOUT water safety chant. This helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.
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 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 Scouts BSA to Venturing.
Learn more about BSA aquatics safety programs and requirements.
Here is a game to go with this aquatics theme. It can be used at your pack pool party or at a meeting focused on swimming skills.
Scouts can play this game in chest-deep water and still have a lot of fun. For swimmers who need more of a challenge, the group can go to deeper water and tread water while they play.
Snacks and Crafts
Nobody wants to go out swimming and meet up with a shark! But if you are at a Cub Scout meeting and the shark is your popsicle snack, that is another story.
If you are looking for a craft for your pack pool party or aquatics themed meeting, you could let the Scouts decorate their own pool totes. Then they can carry all of their squishy balls, goggles, dive sticks, and other pool accessories themselves.
Instructions for a fish shaped craft made from old CDs. Make one or make several and put them together as a mobile. This would make an easy craft for an aquatics theme and also ties into talking about Reduce-Reuse-Recycle.
This song is just humor. And it is controversial! This is one of the most commented upon posts on my blog. Sing it at your aquatics themed gathering.
Scouts were singing this song long before it was a pop phenomenon. Instead of Baby Shark, we called it Jaws Song. This is a classic camp song. There are lots of variations. If you want to ham it up even more, change your voice when singing the different verses to sound like a mama, papa, lady, etc.