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Aquatics

Swimming Merit Badge Days

 

     

 

This Merit Badge Day will provide the opportunity for Scouts to work on completing swimming Merit Badge Requirements.

Scouts should attend either the morning or the afternoon session on either Saturday or Sunday.

Classes limited to 20 Scouts per session.


 


Spring 2020 Sessions: April 18th or 19th, 2020

Due to the ever changing Covid-19 situation, this event has been postponed. We intend to be able to reschedule with this or another facility later in Spring and information will be posted as it becomes available. Currently registered Scouts may also choose to email us and switch their registration to the Fall session at any time.
 

james.ewing@scouting.org and michelle.behrendt@scouting.org

Click here to register!
Swimming Merit Badge Day - Spring 2020 The registration for this event is FULL. All those who are interested should sign-up for the wait list on this or the Fall event.

Where: Robert's Pool/Recreation Area., 10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Cost: $50 per Scout. Snack will be provided.

Morning Session 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Check-in at 8:15 AM)
The front gate does not open until 8 am so please do not arrive early. Check-in is at 8:15 for Morning session.

Afternoon Session 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Check-in at 1:15 PM)


Fall 2020 Sessions: September 12th or 13th, 2020

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Swimming Merit Badge Day - Fall 2020

Where: Cull Canyon Regional Recreation Area., 18627 Cull Canyon Road, Castro Valley, CA 94552

Cull Canyon is a chlorinated swim lagoon.

Cost: $50 per Scout. Snack will be provided.

Morning Session 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Check-in at 8:15 AM)
The front gate does not open until 8 am so please do not arrive early. Check-in is at 8:15 for Morning session.

Afternoon Session 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Check-in at 1:15 PM)


Fall 2021 Sessions: September 18th or 19th, 2021

Click here to register, starting Jan 1, 2021!
Swimming Merit Badge Day - Fall 2021

Where: Robert's Pool/Recreation Area., 10570 Skyline Blvd, Oakland, CA 94619

Cost: $50 per Scout. Snack will be provided.

Morning Session 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Check-in at 8:15 AM)
The front gate does not open until 8 am so please do not arrive early. Check-in is at 8:15 for Morning session.

Afternoon Session 1:30 PM - 5:30 PM (Check-in at 1:15 PM)


Note About Requirements being covered during sessions:

Scouts will be able to attempt each requirement (as time allows), but there is no guarantee they will pass each requirement.

Also, if Scouts cannot pass requirement 2 (the swim test) they will not be allowed to participate in the rest of the session due to safety reasons. 

 

“Candidates with an extensive swimming background may be able to meet all or most of the requirements with little or no formal instruction from the counselor. Most Scouts, however will need instruction prior to completing the requirements.”

“With the revisions to the Swimming merit badge requirements, the goal is to emphasize teaching Scouts correct stroke mechanics. It is critical for them to learn these strokes correctly, in good form and with proper berthing, so they can swim with greater ease and efficiency. Furthermore, the ability to correctly perform these strokes will make Scouts safer in and around the water as well as when they tackle advanced water activities such as the Lifesaving merit badge and BSA Lifeguard.”

 

Requirement 3 poses the greatest technical and physical challenge for Scouts:

“3. Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl or Trudgen for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.”

 

Scouts are strongly encouraged to practice each of these strokes prior to coming to the swimming merit badge day. Particularly focusing on sidestroke and breaststroke which are typically the most challenging strokes for Scouts. Please visit your local aquatic facility for formalized swim lessons to help develop these skills. 

 


SFBAC Aquatics

Interested in SFBAC Aquatics? Volunteers are always needed and welcome for planning and implementing all our aquatics activities. Volunteers interested in helping at any of the above events and/or becoming an Aquatics Committee member should contact James Ewing at james.ewing@scouting.org to be added to the mailing list.

When helping at Aquatics Activities, some positions require Aquatics Certifications, i.e. Lifeguard, Safe Swim Defense, etc. Support staff (kitchen, registration, etc.) do not require certifications.

 

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