Cub Scouts

Swimming Belt Loop & Sports Pin  

Tiger Cub Scout

       Tiger Cub Electives

  • Tiger Elective 14. Read a book or story about a US swimmer for Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement #11.

  • Tiger Elective 40. Go swimming and play a game in the water for Cub Scout Swimming Belt Loop requirements #3 and #1.

Wolf Cub Scout

  • Wolf Achievement 1h. Swim 25 feet is a part of the beginner swim test in Cub Scout Swimming Pin requirement #2

  • Wolf Achievement 1i. Tread water is a part of 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 

    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


Boy Scouts

Second Class Requirements

Requirement #8:

a  Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim.

b.  Demonstrate your ability to jump feetfirst into water over your head in depth, level off and swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming, then return to your starting place.

c.  Demonstrate water rescue methods by reaching with your arm or leg, by reaching with a suitable object, and by throwing lines and objects. Explain why swimming rescues should not be attempted when a reaching or throwing rescue is possible, and explain why and how a rescue swimmer should avoid contact with the victim.  

First Class Requirements

Requirement #9:

a.  Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe trip afloat.

b.  Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test.*

c.  With a helper and a practice victim, show a line rescue both as tender and as rescuer. (The practice victim should be approximately 30 feet from shore in deep water.)

Merit Badges

·         Canoeing Merit Badge

·         Kayaking Merit Badge 

·         Lifesaving Merit Badge

·         Motorboating Merit Badge

·         Rowing Merit Badge  

·         SCUBA Diving Merit Badge

·         Small-boat Sailing Merit Badge

·         Swimming Merit Badge

·         Water Sports Merit Badge

·         Whitewater Merit Badge 



·         Boardsailing BSA Award 

·         Kayaking BSA Award 

·         Mile Swim Award 

·         SCUBA BSA Award 

·         Snorkeling BSA Award 

·         National Outdoor Awards

·         Aquatics Tracking sheet

·         Application for National Outdoor Badge



           ·        BSA Lifeguard


Varsity Scouting

Varsity Activity Pins in aquatics:

  • Canoe Camping - Plan an extended canoe camping; learn and demonstrate BSA Safety Afloat; earn the 50 Miler Award, the Leave No Trace award, and the Canoeing or the Sports merit badge.

  • Swimming - This activity may include swimming skills such as earning the Swimming or Lifesaving merit badges, or include earning BSA Lifeguard but this activity focuses on the skills of competitive swimming and endurance such the Mile Swim BSA or a swimming meet for the Sports merit badge.

  • Triathlon - These long-distance competitions consist of three phases, usually bicycling, swimming and running. Advancement activities could include have the team earn the Personal Fitness, Athletics, Sports, Cycling, Skating or Snow Sports merit badge.

  • Waterskiing - Find a qualified instructor to coach the team for this activity. Support activities could include learning and demonstrating BSA Safety Afloat and conducting a safety session for a Boy Scout troop. Advancement activities could earn the Water Sports or Sports merit badges.

  • Whitewater Canoeing - Cover the material in the whitewater program feature. An ultimate adventure could be planning a trip down a whitewater river. Advancement activities could include earning the Whitewater merit badge and learning and demonstrating BSA Safety Afloat.



Venturing is a youth development program of the Boy Scouts of America for young men and women who are 14 years of age OR 13 years of age and have completed the eighth grade and under 21 years of age. Venturing's purpose is to provide positive experiences to help young people mature and to prepare them to become responsible and caring adults.


  • Ranger Award - The Ranger Award exemplifies a challenging high-level outdoor/high-adventure skills advancement program. Once earned, it will identify a Ranger as a person who is highly skilled at a variety of outdoor sports and interests, trained in outdoor safety, and ready to lead or assist others in activities. 

·         Ranger Award Elective-Lifesaver

·         Ranger Award Elective-SCUBA

·         Ranger Award Elective-Watercraft


  • Sea Scouting - Sea Scouts is a specialized segment of the Venturing program, which was organized to address members' boating skills and promote knowledge of our maritime heritage.

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