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Aquatics Theme for Cub Scouts

Nothing is as fun on a hot summer day as being with your friends at the pool. These aquatics theme ideas will help you plan a fun aquatics activity for your den or pack. Just make sure you follow the BSA safety rules.

Safety for the Aquatics Theme

Safe Swim Defense

Safe Swim Defense

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.

SCOUT Water Safety Chant

SCOUT Water Safety Chant

The Cub Scout program introduces the SCOUT water safety chant. This helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.

BSA Swim Test

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

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.

Aquatics Safety

Learn more about BSA aquatics safety programs and requirements.

Games for the Aquatics Theme

Sharks and Minnows

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.

Piranha Ball

Piranha Ball

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.

Aquatics Theme Snacks and Crafts

sharksicle recipe

Sharksicles Recipe

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.

Pool Tote Craft

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.

CD Fish Craft

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.

Aquatics Theme Songs

My Turtle Swims Sideways

My Turtle Swims Sideways

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.

Jaws Song (Baby Shark Song)

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.


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