Swimming Merit Badge

Swimming Merit Badge is offered on Sunday’s October-December. The maximum class size is 50 scouts. Swimming Merit Badge consists of 6 classes (5 Pool & 1 Lecture Class)!  Please see calendar page for locations.

We give each scout their Merit Badge Blue Card back at the last class (Lecture Class).

Any scout can sign up for Swimming but should be able to pass the scouts swimmers test (Jump feet first into water over the head in depth. Level off and swim 75 yards in a strong manner using one or more of the following strokes: front crawl, sidestroke, or breaststroke; then swim 25 yards using an easy resting backstroke. The 100 yards must be completed in one swim without stops and must include at least one sharp turn. After completing the swim, rest by floating).

Some of the more difficult requirements for swimming are…
-Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good form and in a strong manner: front crawl for 25 yards, back crawl for 25 yards, sidestroke for 25 yards, breaststroke for 25 yards, and elementary backstroke for 50 yards.
-In water over your head use the feet first method of surface dive and headfirst surface dive (pike or tuck) bring an object up from the bottom. (8 feet)

We will have some time if a scout has trouble with some of the requirements to go back and practice and try again. If a scout needs to improve on his swimming though we suggest that he take the learners class first!

Schedule: ( Pool Class / Lecture Class )
10/10/21 5:30P to 8:00P – BSA Swimmer Test & Reaching/Throwing/Swimming Rescues Not Attempted/Avoid Contact with Victim/Line Rescues
10/24/21 6:00P to 8:00P – Feet First/Headfirst Surface Diving & Floating/Survival Floating/HELP and Huddle
10/31/21 6:00P to 8:00P – Standing Headfirst/Long Shallow Diving & 150 Yard Swimming
11/14/21 6:00P to 8:00P – 150 Yard Swimming
11/21/21 6:00P to 8:00P – Make Up Class (Class Isn’t Required!)
12/05/21 6:00P to 7:00P – Safe Swim Defense/Hazards Encounter Swimming/First Aid, & Aerobic Exercise

$25/$35 for Event, Nonrefundable Amount is $5.00!  Transfers/Refunds are allowed for this program.  Swimming Merit Badge participants can move to Learner’s Swimming Lessons. Refund % is listed below, First Day of Event is the 1st Class under Schedule!

Swimming Merit BadgePercentageRefund Amount
At Least 60 Days Prior100%$20.00
Within 30 Days Prior50%$10.00
Within 15 Days Prior25%$5.00
Within 7 Days Prior0%$0.00

Flyer for Swimming Merit Badge
Lesson Plans for Swimming Merit Badge