Scouts of all ages learn how to stay safe in the water while having fun. There are a number of aquatics activities available to Scouts, from swimming and boating for younger scouts to floating adventures and scuba for older Scouts.
Swimming Troop Program Feature for Scouts BSA
The Swimming program feature helps Scouts learn how to safely enjoy fun and physical activity in the water. Scouts also need to know how to swim to enjoy other aquatics activities such as boating and paddling.
Scouts BSA First Class Aquatics Requirements Helps and Documents
First Class requirement 6 is is designed to ensure that Scouts are safe in the water. Scouts complete a swimming test and learn about safe boating.
Scuba BSA Award
Scuba is a fun way to explore the underwater world. Members of Scouts BSA, Venturers, and adult Scouters can earn the Scuba BSA award by learning to dive safely and putting their skills to use.
Scouts BSA Second Class Aquatics Requirements Helps and Documents
Second Class requirement 5 is all about being in the water. Scouts learn how to swim safely and how to rescue a friend who is in trouble.
National Outdoor Awards – Aquatics Segment Requirements
To complete the requirements for the National Outdoor Award Adventure Segment, a Scout or Venturer must be a proficient swimmer, have some lifesaving skills, complete the mile swim, and spend some time enjoying aquatics adventures such as swimming, paddling, fishing, or scuba diving.
Aquatics Cub Scout Theme
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.
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.
Safe Swim Defense
Safe Swim Defense provides the steps which a BSA unit must take to safely participate in an activity which involves swimming.
SCOUT Water Safety Chant
The new Cub Scout program introduces the SCOUT water safety chant. This helps younger Scouts learn the rules for safe aquatics activities.
Kayaking BSA Award
The Kayaking BSA Award recognizes Scouts and Venturers who have developed the skills for a safe kayaking experience. Kayaking is so much fun! My husband and I own a couple of kayaks and we love to go out paddling on the water.
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.
Lifesaver Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Lifesaver elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must have a BSA Lifeguard certification, take an EMT course, or take a lifeguarding course. They must also put a first aid kit together and teach somebody else to make a kit.
Before embarking on a boating activity with your scouts, make sure everyone is aware of the Safety Afloat guidelines.
Sharks and Minnows
Here is a game to go with an aquatic theme. It can be used at your pack pool party or at a meeting focused on swimming skills.
Sweet 16 of BSA Safety | Skill Level Limits
The most familiar application of skill level limits is the swim tests which are administered at summer camp. But there are other examples as well.
Stand Up Paddleboarding Award
The Stand Up Paddleboarding Award recognizes Scouts who have developed the skills to safely enjoy the aquatic activity of paddleboarding. I have enjoyed paddleboarding at summer camp. With a little knowledge practice it is a fun aquatics activity. I was surprised that it is easier than it looks!
Watercraft Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To earn the Watercraft elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must learn to safely operate a paddle craft, board sail, or sailboat.
Scuba Ranger Elective Helps and Documents
To complete the Scuba elective for the Venturing Ranger award, Venturers must complete their Open Water Diver certification and assist with a scuba program. They must also share what they learned with others.
Webelos/AOL Aquanaut Adventure Helps and Documents
Aquanaut is one of the Webelos/Arrow of Light elective adventures. For the Aquanaut adventure, Webelos learn about safety in the water while swimming and boating and practice their aquatics skills.
Bear Salmon Run Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
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.
Tiger Floats and Boats Adventure: Cub Scout Helps and Ideas
Floats and Boats is one of the Tiger elective adventures. For this adventure, Tiger Cubs and their adult partners learn about boats, swimming, and water safety.
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