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CUB SCOUT SPORTS: SWIMMING

Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts may complete requirements in a family, den, pack, school, or community environment. Tiger Cubs must work with their parents or adult partners. Parents and partners do not earn loops or pins.  


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SWIMMING SPORTS BELT LOOP

Complete these three requirements:
  1. Explain the 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.


REQUIREMENTS FOR THE SWIMMING SPORTS PIN

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.



GENERAL SPORTS REQUIREMENTS

Following are the requirements for earning the Sports belts loops and pins.

Remember:

  • Belt loops and pins are earned only by Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts (not adults).
  • The archery and BB-gun shooting belt loops and pins must be earned under BSA range-trained supervision. The BB-gun shooting loop and pin must be earned at a BSA facility range.
  • Requirements may be adjusted to accommodate the special needs of Tiger Cubs, Cub Scouts, and Webelos Scouts with disabilities.
  • Webelos Scouts may earn a belt loop or pin a second time to qualify for Webelos activity badges.
  • Boys may earn belt loops more than once; however, leaders should encourage boys to try different requirements and earn the pin. Packs should have a clear policy in place about whether the pack or the boy's family is responsible for the cost of awards earned more than once.


CUB-SAFE SWIMMING RESOURCES FOR KIDS

  1. Cross-Atlantic Swimming Challenge - follow Ben Lecomte as he attempts to swim 2,950 miles across the Atlantic Ocean from Massachusetts to France to raise money for cancer research.
  2. All About Swimming - includes information on the history of swimming, water safety, and swimming basics, as well as synchronized swimming and water polo.
  3. California Junior Lifeguards - so, you want to be a lifeguard? Find out how and listen to some cool surf tunes at this site.
  4. Finswimming Australia - find out what it is and see a picture of a finswimmer in action.
  5. Freddo Frog's Pond - internet home of Cadbury Chocolate's Freddo Frog from Australia. Learn about Australian environmental and swimming safety campaigns, play games, or send e-mail to Freddo.
  6. Manhattan Island Foundation - find out about the swim around Manhattan Island, the NYC water festival, and more.
  7. South Carolina Swimming - this official site governs competitive swimming in the Palmetto State. Contains information, schedules, membership, pictures, meet results, and more.
  8. Speedo (official) - interviews, events, news and more about swimming, beach volleyball and the triathlon.
  9. Swim Recruiting Online - if you're a swimmer, you can submit your personal profile along with your swimming stats.
  10. United States Masters Swimming - swimming for life for all ages.
  11. US Swimming Connection - become e-mail pals with kid swimmers across the country.
 

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