Troop 113 Swim Night at the “Y” (5/15/2011)

On Sunday evening, our troop met at our local YMCA to use their indoor pool.  We needed to spend time swimming to fulfill two goals:  conduct our pre-summer camp “swim tests” (to qualify each scout as to their confidence and ability in the water), and to complete requirements needed for scout advancement.

BSA Swim Test Requirements:

Swimmer

  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: side, breast, trudgen, or crawl. Swim 25 yards using an easy, resting backstroke.
  • The 100 yards must be completed without stops and must include at least one sharp turn.
  • Rest by floating…Long enough to demonstrate ability to rest when exhausted.

Beginner

  • Jump feet first into water over the head, level off, and begin swimming.
  • Swim 25 feet on the surface.
  • Stop, turn, and resume swimming back to the starting place.

Non-Swimmer

  • Did not complete either of the swimming tests.

With parents along the sidelines cheering their scouts on, several scouts completed their swimmer certification directly.  Others practiced on the far side of the pool and we worked with the less confident scouts to practice elements of the beginner test. 

Ultimately, we exhausted our two hours in the pool and accomplished a lot of good work with our scouts.  Now we can send in our paperwork and Resica Falls will start making up swimmer tags for our trip to camp in July.

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Our Troop # comes from Psalm 1:1-3 - describing the men we want our scouts to become
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