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.


Late Fall Sessions 2019:

When: November 23, 2019 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

OR

November 24, 8:30 am-12:30 pm

OR 

November 24, 1:30 pm - 5:30 pm

Where: Southgate Swim Club; 24900 Magnolia St., Hayward, CA 94545

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

Morning Session 8:30 AM - 12:30 PM (Check-in at 8:15 AM)

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

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

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)

2020 Registration to come!


Fall 2020 Sessions: September 19th or 20th, 2020

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)

2020 Registration to come!

 


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. 

 


Aquatics Committee

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 Michelle Behrendt at michelle.behrendt@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.

 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

1001 Davis Street
San Leandro, CA 94577-1514

phone: (510) 577-9000

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon - Fri) 
 

SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA COUNCIL
BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA

1001 Davis Street
San Leandro, CA 94577-1514

phone: (510) 577-9000

Hours of Operation:
9:00am - 5:00pm (Mon - Fri)