RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE
This adventure will introduce Webelos Scouts to the key principles of aquatics safety as they develop their swimming and boating skills.
TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS
- Improving water safety knowledge
- Developing aquatics skills
- A Scout is obedient. [Webelos Character Compass]
ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Webelos Handbook, page 228)
Complete 1–5 and any two from 6–10.
- State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water activity.
- Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming ability groups in Scouting.
- Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before going boating.
- Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach and throw rescue techniques from land.
- Attempt the BSA swimmer test.
- Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive headfirst into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
- Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl, sidestroke, breaststroke, or elementary backstroke.
- Invite a member or former member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who has had swimming and rescue training to your den meeting. Find out what training and other experiences this person has had.
- Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket helps keep your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the water, remove the life jacket and hang it where it will dry.
- If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and paddle a canoe with an adult’s supervision.