Cub Scout Swimming

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Swimming
Belt Loop and Pin
Swimming Sports Belt Loop
Image:s-Swimming.gif
Swimming Sports Pin
(line drawing, actual pins are color)
Cub Scout Swimming is an option for the Webelos Aquanaut and Sportsman Activity Badge

and helps prepare Scouts for the Boy Scout Swimming Merit Badge.

The Cub Scout Swimming belt loop and pin are a part of the Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program. Tiger Cub, Wolf, Bear, and Webelos Scouts may earn this award in a Family, Den, Pack, school, or community setting. Tiger Cubs must be always accompanied by their Adult partner.


Contents

Belt Loop Requirements

Complete these three requirements:

  1. Explain rules of Safe Swim Defense. Emphasize the buddy system.
  2. Play a recreational game in the water with your den, pack, or family.
  3. While holding a kick board, propel yourself 25 feet using a flutter kick across the shallow end of the swimming area.

Sports Pin Requirements

Earn the Swimming belt loop, and complete five of the following requirements:

  1. Practice the breathing motion of the crawl stroke while standing in shallow water. Take a breath, place your head in the water, exhale, and turn your head to the side to take a breath. Repeat.
  2. Learn two of the following strokes: crawl, backstroke, elementary backstroke, sidestroke, or breaststroke.
  3. Learn two of the following floating skills: jellyfish float, turtle float, canoe (prone) float.
  4. Using a kickboard, demonstrate three kinds of kicks.
  5. Pass the "beginner" or "swimmer" swim level test.
  6. Visit with a lifeguard and talk about swimming safety in various situations (pool, lake, river, ocean). Learn about the training a lifeguard needs for his or her job.
  7. Explain the four rescue techniques: Reach, Throw, Row, and Go (with support)
  8. Take swimming lessons.
  9. Attend a swim meet at a school or community pool.
  10. Tread water for 30 seconds.
  11. Learn about a U.S. swimmer who has earned a medal in the Olympics
  12. Demonstrate the proper use of a mask and snorkel in a swimming area where your feet can touch the bottom.


The official source for the information shown in this article or section is:
Cub Scout Academics and Sports Program Guide, 2003 Edition (BSA Supply No. 34299)


Help with these requirements

Worksheet A FREE workbook for Cub Scout Swimming is available here! Adobe Acrobat PDF
with the maps, charts, links, diagrams, and checklists you need!
Or click here to print just the Cub Scout Swimming requirements.
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Boy Scout merit badge workbooks,
Webelos workbooks, and Cub Scout workbooks.

Notes

  1. Details on earning a Cub Scout Sports or Academic pin or belt loop multiple times

Help with these requirements

Related achievements, electives, or other awards

Wolf Cub Scout
  • Wolf Achievement 1h. could be met while completing Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement 2
  • Wolf Achievement 1i. could be met while completing Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement 10
Wolf Electives
  • Wolf Elective 20o. could be partially met while completing Cub Scout Swimming Belt Loop requirement 2
Bear Cub Scout
  • Achievement 23e. could be met by completing Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement 9
Bear Electives
  • Bear Elective 19b. could be met while completing Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement 2
  • Bear Elective 19c. could be met while completing Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement 3
  • Bear Elective 19d. could be met while completing Cub Scout Swimming Belt Loop requirement 1
  • Bear Elective 20f. would be met by earning the Cub Scout Swimming Pin
Webelos Scout
  • Aquanaut Activity Badge requirement 8. (earn the Cub Scout Swimming Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout)
  • Sportsman Activity Badge requirement 3. (earn the Cub Scout Swimming Belt Loop while a Webelos Scout)

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