Re: Safe Swim Defense
David Hoddy (DHODDY@AOL.COM)
Wed, 16 Aug 1995 09:21:58 -0400
Mr. Brown asks under what conditions should the 8 points of the Safe Swim
Defense plan be used or more simply, what constitutes "swimming".
The "GUIDE TO SAFE SCOUTING" which is published by the BSA says that "The
Safe Swim Defense applies to swimming at the beach, private or public pool,
wilderness pond, stream, lake or anywhere Scouts swim". Since it does not
exactly define swimming, we are left to use our own judgement and common
When deciding if the Safe Swim Defense should be initiated you should ask
yourself; "If something goes wrong, is there a reasonable possibility that
one of my Scouts could drown during this activity"?
This could include wading across a stream that is waist deep and moving or
walking across a monkey bridge suspended over a stream.
If the answer to the question is yes or maybe then I would suggest that you
have no choice but to use the Safe Swim Defense.
ASM Troop 177
"I used to be a BEAR....."
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City