PHYSICAL SKILLS GROUP
Most boys stall when it comes time to get
wet in a bathtub. However, at the slightest hint
swimming or boating, be prepared to move
to safety-out of the line of the stampede. The aquanaut badge will help
Webelos Scouts learn to feel at home in the water while developing respect
for the dangers that water holds.
Swimming is one
the best sports that a boy can be
involved in. It is one of the few sports in which every muscle in the body
is exercised. As Webelos leaders we have the responsibility to develop
self-confidence in every boy in our Den. Through learning to swim, each boy
will gain a sense of achievement, as well as gaining a skill that may save
his life some day.
The Aquanaut requirements are simple.
They represent the most important of all Webelos requirements because life
depends on them. Swimming is one of the skills that once learned, lasts a
lifetime and provides excellent exercise. Some of your boys may know how to
swim and others will need help in learning how. Read the pages on this
activity in the Webelos Scout
Book, then get your boys into the
water as often as possible.
To help your boys feel at home in the
water, get them to play some water games. If they have any fear of water,
obtain the advice of a swimming instructor. The familiarity with water will
normally lead to greater proficiency in water sports which is the aim of the
requirements for this badge.
The Aquanaut badge is designed for
Webelos Scouts that are good swimmers. Any Webelos Scout that is not a good
swimmer deserves special attention by someone who can teach beginners.
Before attempting to do any games for this badge, it is important that all
boys be aware of the safety rules regarding swimming and boating. They
should swim in a well-supervised area with permission from their parents.
One of the main points of this badge is
to teach safety rules. These rules will be found at every Scout waterfront.
The rules may not particularly impress a Webelos Scout this year at the pool
where he swims daily, but next year at summer camp, their value will become
apparent to him.
To use swimming pools in the cooler,
off-season months, check with local YMCAs, YWCAs, and community schools.
Even though Aquanaut implies wet, there
are a number of Den activities that can be done in a home or yard, and
several requirements that can be accomplished "dry." Of course most of
Aquanaut will have to be done in a pool or lake setting, so you should plan
on doing it during the summer months, possibly combining it with a Webelos
family campout, or a pool party.
rescue methods REACH and THROW can be demonstrated in your own yard. Teach
the boys all of the basic water rescue methods demonstrating REACH and THROW
in your yard and ROW and GO later at a lake or pool.
experienced boater, or member of the Red Cross explain the rules of small
boat safely at an indoor Den meeting or show a film.
At the pool
do the ROW and GO portions of basic water rescue? Best bet for the ROW is an
inflatable raft. All underwater requirements are best left to the pool,
because of underwater visibility and readily defined boundaries. If it is
permissible, water volleyball is a very good game to play in a pool. Ball
tag, on the other hand, should be avoided
because of the temptation to run and slip, as well as retrieving over the
At a lake do
ROW and GO portions of basic water rescue. You can use a beat here for ROW,
and can more readily demonstrate row• at handling using a real rowboat and
dock. You will have to set up a safe swimming area in a lake, using the safe
swim defense. Boys should be rated in ability and given buddies of equal
ability if possible.
Make a simple
buddy board and have buddy tags for all the boys and insist that they be
used each time they go swimming. Each boy is responsible for his buddy.
perhaps a Den Chief who knows how; demonstrate the use of mask, fins, and
snorkel. Have boys take turns using the equipment or have them use their
own. Start off with the tins and show them the difference in speed with and
without them. Have them practice seeing into water with masks and learning
to breathe. Next, the boys try the snorkel in shallow water before venturing
out into deep water. The instructor should know how to clear the snorkel and
mask of water in case it gets inside while underwater.
Webelos Demonstrations: Demonstrate basic
water rescue methods with props, demonstrate small boat safety with
inflatable raft, rescue breathing on a practice dummy.
Life Preserver Throws
(use in the yard): Throw a weight
attached to a rope. Points are awarded for both distance and accuracy
(pool only): Row or paddle across a pool,
using an inflatable raft. The only rule is that the boy must be "on" the
raft to make progress.
(pool only): Stretch a rope across the
pool and play volleyball. Use a large beach ball, which slows the game down,
allowing players more time to reach the ball.
(lake only): Lay out a slalom course in
knee to waist deep water, using homemade floats. The race can be run as a
relay, or best time for each boy.
Bobbing for Apples
(Pool): Surely you've tried this at
Halloween, but it's much more fun in the pool. The only difference is that
the boy must grab onto the apple from underneath the water.
Horse and Rider
(pool): Pair the boys off. Have the
larger boys be the horses and the smaller boys be the riders. While in the
pool, the boys that are the riders try to push and pull the others off the
backs of their "horses." This can be played in teams.
demonstrations can be arranged at a local dive shops and outfitters.
Attend a show
featuring a Rescue and Recovery Unit.
Cub Scout Sports
Participation for Swimming For
requirement 7, the Webelos Scout must earn the Swimming belt loop while
he is a Webelos. If a boy has earned the belt loop earlier as a Wolf or
Bear, he must earn it again as a Webelos to meet this requirement.
Simple rescue procedures an adult can
carry out or a boy can use to save a person in trouble when no one else is
around. The order of methods to choose is:
Reach - Throw - Row - Go
REACH with whatever is available or at hand. Stay onshore and reach out with
a branch, a stick, or a pole. Then pull the victim to shore.
THROW a line, a buoy. a floating object to provide support. Takeoff your
shirt, kneel down, hold one sleeve and throw out the other sleeve. Or take
off your pants and tie one leg to a sleeve if you need a longer
ROW when the victim is further out, use a boat to save him. In a rowboat,
approach the victim with the stern of the boat. In a canoe, pull up so that
he can grasp the side. (Kneel in the canoe).
if the first 3 steps can't be used as a last resort swim to the victim.
Keeping your eyes on the victim, kick off your shoes and disrobe. Jump; do
not dive, into the water. Carry your shirt or towel in your teeth. Keep your
eyes on the victim. Swim out near enough to extend your towel or shirt to
him and tow him in by it. If you have nothing to extend to him. approach him
from behind and tow him to safety by his hair.
Don't allow the victim to latch onto you. Don't attempt a rescue beyond your
Let's make every
Webelos Scout a swimmer!
PREVENTING ACCIDENTAL HOME POOL DROWNINGS
Circle Ten Council
FORMULATE AN EMERGENCY PLAN - Base the plan
on your home surrounding and then practice various emergency situations.
PROVIDE ADEQUATE FENCING WITH A LATCHING
GATE AROUND THE POOL AREA - Fence should be at least 5 feet. high with
vertical or solid segments close enough so that children cannot climb over
THE GATE SHOULD BE SECURELY LOCKED WHEN POOL
IS NOT IN USE!
AN ALARM SYSTEM IN THE POOL SHOULD BE
CONSIDERED - Alarm sounds when someone falls in—remember to check the
batteries on a regular basis.
TAKE A COURSE IN CPR AND WORK ON IMPROVING
YOUR AQUATIC SKILLS
RESCUE EQUIPMENT SHOULD BE VISIBLY DISPLAYED
ON THE POOL DECK - Keep basic equipment in good condition
POST EMERGENCY INSTRUCTIONS AND PHONE
NUMBERS NEAR THE TELEPHONE - Be prepared when calling 911: Who? When? Where?
How? Have victim’s medical records handy if possible Know your family
physician’s name and phone number Post parent’s work addresses and phone
APPOINT AN EMERGENCY COVER-DOWN PERSON TO
CARE FOR OTHER CHILDREN (two deep leadership)
REVIEW YOUR LIABILITY INSURANCE