Re: Safe Swim Defense Commitment Card
E Holm (eholm@LPI.RENO.NV.US)
Sat, 8 Jun 1996 14:42:50 -0700
At 02:33 PM 6/8/96 -0400, you wrote:
>As I would like to give some recognizes to those scouts who already had
>earned swimming, lifesaving and first aid merit badges with some kind of
>tiny certificates, I read that the safe swim defense commitment cards are
>for the adult leaders only. I dont see any certificates for the young
>scouts. I know about the BSA Lifeguard patches but they dont carry them
>all the time.
You should be able to get the BSA Lifeguard patches at any time (maybe you
have to order them) but they are to be worn only by those that have been
properly certified. The BSA Lifeguard is not a recognition because a Scout
has earned some merit badges, it is a full weeks course (typically at summer
camp) of proper lifeguard training. The reason you don't see certificates is
that they must be signed by the Aquatics Instructor or BSA Lifeguard
Instructor and the Scout Executive of the council.
The BSA Lifeguard is an excellent program for older Scouts who don't think
they have anything else to do at camp. If you have older Scouts that have
earned Swimming, Lifesaving, Canoeing and Rowing, then ask the Aquatics
Director at Camp about the program. Both Camp Royaneh and Wente Scout
Reservation offer this program for SFBAC. At Royaneh, you must already have
Canoeing and Rowing while at Wente you can work on these concurrently,
however he will be in for a very very busy week. Also at Royaneh they will
be able to obtain the neccessary CPR certification from Terri the Camp
Nurse. I am not sure about Wente, so it would be best to call the council
office and ask to speak with the Camping director.
So if you really want to have these older boys help supervise aquatic
activities, then encourage them to go for their BSA Lifeguard.
>Deaf Scoutmaster, T11
1993 Camp Royaneh Aquatics Director
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City