RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE

Water, water everywhere—water to drink, water to cook our food, water to clean our bodies and our teeth, and water to play in! In this adventure, Wolf Scouts will learn how to conserve water and keep it clean in their homes and neighborhoods. Then they’ll have a chance to swim together, having fun and practicing aquatics safety.

TAKEAWAYS FOR CUB SCOUTS

  • Water conservation
  • Aquatics safety
  • Skill development
  • Physical fitness
  • A Scout is loyal, obedient, brave. [Wolf Character Compass]

ADVENTURE REQUIREMENTS (Wolf Handbook, page 294)

  1. Demonstrate how the water in your community can become polluted.
  2. Explain one way that you can help conserve water in your home.
  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.

NOTES TO DEN LEADER

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.

Meeting 2 will be an outing to a local pool or other swimming area for completion of requirements 3, 4, 5, and 6. Many councils have an aquatics committee able to provide guidance, personnel, pool access, and other resources. Parts of the adventure, including the den outing, may be easier to complete at a Cub Scout day camp or resident camp that offers access to qualified swimming instruction.

Identify the location well in advance of the outing and make arrangements with the staff member in charge. Review in advance the BSA Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat procedures. Confirm that all necessary supervision and safety measures will be in place for the outing. Also confirm plans with families, including place, time, and transportation. Secure activity consent forms and submit a tour and activity plan, which the BSA requires for all unit trips that involve swimming. (See the Meeting 2 Plan for more information.)

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

MeetingPlans

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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