This adventure will introduce Webelos Scouts to the key principles of aquatics safety as they develop their swimming and boating skills.


  • 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.

  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 Scouting.
  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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and paddle a canoe with an adult’s supervision.


An overview of BSA swimming and water activities is included in the Appendix. In preparation for any in-water activity, you should complete the BSA online training for Safe Swim Defense. This training outlines how to help lead a safe swimming activity with a Cub Scout pack, Boy Scout troop, or Venturing crew. The training is available at www.myscouting.org.

You may find parts of this adventure easier to complete at a BSA day camp or Cub Scout resident camp with access to qualified swimming instruction and boating resources.

The den outing (Meeting 3) should be planned at a pool or swimming area with qualified supervision. Confirm the outing plan with families, including transportation, all the necessary clothing, and any additional items they need to bring. Make sure a tour and activity plan has been submitted, if required, and activity consent forms are distributed, signed, and collected.

Because this is primarily a water adventure, a den may opt to do one meeting at its usual meeting place and then the second meeting and outing at a pool or swimming area to give the boys extra practice in the water. Meeting 2 will include a visit from someone who has served as a member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad, or armed forces division with swimming and rescue training. Make arrangements for the visitor in advance, and prepare thank-you notes from the Scouts.

See the Appendix for optional den meeting activities, including openings, gatherings, and closings.

Although we have tried to make this elective fun, it is very important that the Webelos Scouts understand the importance of the safety required when they are around water.


To get you started in delivering fun and engaging meetings, complete Den Meeting Plans are available here on the Learning Library for the Backyard Jungle and Games Tigers Play adventures. To obtain Den Meeting Plans for all other adventures, Den Leader Guides are available at your local Scout Shop, online at scoutstuff.org, or as an eBook through Amazon.

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