Wednesday, March 10, 2010

BSA Swim Test

Scout passed his BSA Swim Test - he's going to Boy Scout Camp at Wilderness this summer and he'll be classed as a 'Swimmer' - which means that he can swim in the lake and participate in all of the other water activities - canoeing/kayaking/rafting...

Our Scout Master is certified to administer the swim test - which is great because I think there's a lot less stress for the boys - and they get to test in the (relatively) warm pool instead of the cold lake - and when they get to camp they already know they're a 'swimmer' and don't have that to worry about...

BSA Swimmer Requirements
* 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.

Scout starts with his least favorite stroke - the breast stroke - then he switched to the crawl...

...and then the side stroke...

...and a resting float on his back...


  1. yeah, the warm pool is probably better to test in!!

    what WILL you do while he's gone???

    love, k

  2. Hey, way to go Scout!

    Owen really enjoys swimming too.

    Summer camp seems so far off doesn't it???

  3. Anonymous5:34 PM

    So what's trudgen???

  4. woohoo!
    I prefer a resting backstroke myself. :)

  5. How exciting - his time at camp will be much more complete.