Summer Family Fun Equals Cub Scout Achievement: Water Fun

Cub Scout Credit for Water FunSwimming, fishing and boating give everyone an opportunity to enjoy the water in the summer.  There are so many activities you can do that involve water, so your family is sure to find something that everyone enjoys.

The list of water-related activities for which your Cub Scout can earn credit is long.  Review this list before you head out to the water so that your Cub can mark off some requirements and electives.

Tiger Elective Adventure – Floats and Boats: 5.  Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
6. Show how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water, without having to enter the water yourself.
7. Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the water, and do a
prone glide.

Wolf Elective Adventures – Spirit of the Water:
3. Explain to your den leader why swimming is good exercise.
4. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in swimming or boating.
5. Show how to do a reaching rescue.
6. Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family or Wolf den. With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chest-high, and swim 25 feet or more.

Bear Elective Adventure – A Bear Goes Fishing:
2. Learn about your local fishing regulations with your leader or a parent or guardian.
List three of the regulations you learn about and one reason each regulation exists.
3. Learn about fishing equipment, and make a simple fishing pole. Practice casting at a target.
4. Go on a fishing adventure, and spend a minimum of one hour trying to catch a fish. Put into practice the things you have learned about fish and fishing equipment.

Bear Elective Adventures – Salmon Run:
1. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in boating.
2. Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
3. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and canoeing are good exercise.
5.  Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
6. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family, and go swimming.
7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of America.
9. Attempt to earn the BSA beginner swim classification.

Cub Scouts earn achievements with water funWebelos/AOL Elective Adventure – Aquanaut:
1. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water activity.
2. Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming ability groups in
3. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.
4. Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach and throw rescue techniques from land.
5.  Attempt the BSA swimmer test.
6. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
7. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or elementary backstroke.

Summertime Outdoor Activity Award Requirement 9:  Participate in an outdoor aquatic activity. This can be an organized swim meet or just a den or pack swim.

Enjoy your family’s time playing in, around and on the water, and don’t forget to mark off those achievements!

Summer Family Fun Equals Cub Scout Achievement Series
Part 1:  Let’s Have a Picnic
Part 2:  Family Bike Rides
Part 3:  Hiking up a Trail
Part 4:  Growing Our Garden
Part 5:  Traveling Together
Part 6:  Water Fun

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  4. Travis@Types of Fishing Kayaks December 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    These are all great skills that everyone should possess. My son is Cub Scout this year and we will be doing the water badges when we go to the cabin on the lake this summer.

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  7. Ultimate Kayak Guide May 29, 2015 at 8:47 pm

    Water skills are important for everyone to learn, even if you don’t plan on swimming or boating. In flash flood situations, you may need to swim to safety.


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