Sports - Swimming

Swimming Loop and Pin

Tiger, Wolfs, Bears and Webelos Scouts may complete these 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.

Requirements for the Swimming Belt Loop

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.

Requirements for the Swimming Pin

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.

Swimming Online Resources

  1. United States Masters Swimming

  2. US Swimming Connection

  3. California Junior Lifeguards

  4. Speedo

Steps to Follow:

  1. Download and Print Worksheet at bottom of page

  2. Scout completes Worksheet

  3. Turn completed Worksheet into your Den Leader

  4. Den Leader may have questions for your Scout

  5. Den Leader will enter completion date into Tracking Software

  6. Scout will be awarded Loop a/o Pin at the next Pack Meeting

  7. Limit of Two Loops and Two Pins per Month

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