Swimming - Cub Scout Academics & Sports Guide
Sports - Swimming

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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.  


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.


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.


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


  • 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.


  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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