Cub Scout Aquatics
During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his aquatic skills.
The Scouting program has included water activities since it began. Aquatics is an important part of Cub Scout summer camps AND most popular family vacation spots. Learning and reinforcing safe swimming and boating practices may save the life of a Scout, or someone else.
During your Walt Disney World vacation, your scout will have the opportunity to practice his aquatic skills at the resort pool or water parks, while using the boat transportation to/from the parks, and in the parks on the various water rides.
Throughout the five Cub Scout ranks, there are many Aquatic topics built into the adventure electives including:
Water & Swimming
- Water conservation
- Water pollution
- Swimming safety
- Swimming as exercise
- Gliding in the water
- Water assistance & rescue
- Swimming buddies
- Visiting a public pool
- Fastening a life jacket correctly
- BSA swimmer classification skills
- Types of boats
- Boating equipment
- Boating safety
- Rowing and canoes
Scouting with the mouse ideas – practice aquatic goals while visiting:
Planning for your Disney World Resort & Park Visit
Traveling to Walt Disney World
Dining at Walt Disney World
Visiting Walt Disney World
Related Cub Scout Adventure Electives:
Tiger Elective Adventure: Floats and Boats
1. Identify five different types of boats.
2. Build a boat from recycled materials, and float it on the water.
3. With your den, say the SCOUT water safety chant.
4. Play the buddy game with your den.
5. Show that you can put on and fasten a life jacket the correct way.
6. Show how to safely help someone who needs assistance in the water,
without having to enter the water yourself.
7. Show how to enter the water safely, blow your breath out under the
water, and do a prone glide.
Wolf Elective Adventure: Spirit of the Water
1. Demonstrate how the water in your community can become polluted.
2. Explain one way that you can help conserve water in your home.
3. Explain to your den leader why swimming is good exercise.
4. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in
swimming or boating.
5. Show how to do a reaching rescue.
6. Visit a local pool or public swimming area with your family or Wolf
den. With qualified supervision, jump into water that is at least chesthigh,
and swim 25 feet or more.
Bear Elective Adventure: Salmon Run
1. Explain the safety rules that you need to follow before participating in
2. Identify the equipment needed when going boating.
3. Demonstrate correct rowing or paddling form. Explain how rowing and
canoeing are good exercise.
4. Explain the importance of response personnel or lifeguards in a
5. Show how to do both a reach rescue and a throw rescue.
6. Visit a local pool or swimming area with your den or family, and go
7. Demonstrate the front crawl swim stroke to your den or family.
8. Name the three swimming ability groups for the Boy Scouts of
9. Attempt the BSA beginner swimmer classification.
Webelos/AOL Elective Adventure: Aquanaut
Complete 1–5 and any two from 6–10.
1. State the safety precautions you need to take before doing any water
2. Recognize the purpose and the three classifications of swimming
ability groups in Scouting.
3. Discuss the importance of learning the skills you need to know before
4. Explain the meaning of “order of rescue” and demonstrate the reach
and throw rescue techniques from land.
5. Attempt the BSA swimmer test.
6. Demonstrate the precautions you must take before attempting to dive
head first into the water, and attempt a front surface dive.
7. Learn and demonstrate two of the following strokes: crawl,
sidestroke, breaststroke, or trudgen.
8. Invite a member or former member of a lifeguard team, rescue squad,
the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Navy, or other armed forces branch who
has had swimming and rescue training to your den meeting. Find out
what training and other experiences this person has had.
9. Demonstrate how to correctly fasten a life jacket that is the right size
for you. Jump into water over your head. Show how the life jacket
keeps your head above water by swimming 25 feet. Get out of the
water, remove the life jacket and hang it where it will dry.
10. If you are a qualified swimmer, select a paddle of the proper size and
paddle a canoe with an adult’s supervision.