We are having our next troop meeting at the
Briargate YMCA, April 28, 7:00 pm in the pool!
Bring your swim suit, towel, dry clothes to go home in, water bottle & snack to eat on the way home...swimming makes you hungry!
Please have your suits on and be ready to get in the water at 7:00 pm if at all possible, since there will be many scouts needing this for summer camp. If you can't make the meeting/swim, you can
get this done at Camp Dobbins, but you have to arrange it with Aquatics or Scoutmaster at camp.
Our goal is to help all scouts in the troop get Swimmer qualified or renewed for the upcoming Summer Camp, and other troop events: white water rafting sometime this summer and Lake Pueblo canoeing at the end of summer. So if you plan to attend any of these events, we'll see you Tuesday!
Below is the requirement to get in the water at summer camp...you will be listed as a
Swimmer, Beginner or Non-swimmer based on the following:
The swim classification tests should be renewed annually for all scouts.
The swimmer test demonstrates the minimum level of swimming ability for recreational and instructional activity in a confined body of water with a maximum 12 foot depth and with shallow water footing or a pool or pier edge always within 24 feet of the swimmer.
The various components of each test evaluate the several skills essential to the minimum level of swimming ability. Each step of the test is important and should be followed as listed below:
(also 1st class rqmt 9b.)
Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, and begin swimming.
Swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes:
side stroke, breast stroke, trudgen, or crawl; then swim 25 yards using an
easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be swum continuously and include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating.
(also 2nd class rqmt 7b.)
Jump feet first into water over the head in depth, level off, swim 25 feet on the surface, stop, turn sharply, resume swimming as before, and return to starting place.
Refer to your handbooks for more information.
If you are interested in completing the Swimming Merit Badge, Bill and I will be starting a merit badge session soon...details to follow. Please let us know if you are interested.
Yours in Scouting,