Re: We'd like to canoe on a pond with Cubs
John Durbetaki (JohnDurbetaki@WORLDNET.ATT.NET)
Tue, 15 Jul 1997 16:32:03 -0700
Jan Mussler wrote:
>What do we need to do to rowboat or canoe on a pond with Cubs?
First get a copy of "Guide to Safe Scouting" from the council office. It
tells you what is required and what is not permitted. Cubs are limited
to council/district events on flat water or controlled lake areas free
of power/sail boats. You did not mention if this was a council/district
event of just your pack. If just your pack, you are not permitted to
>Is it enough for the leaders to attend Safety Afloat training?
Safety Afloat is required for any water excursion.
>Do we need to have a trained lifeguard there?
Not required, but recommended.
>If so, how does one become a BSA lifeguard?
The course is available at many Boy Scout Summer Camps, but a bit of
pre-camp preparation is required. Class time of 2 hours per day was
mentioned at the camp we just attended.
>How many do we need if we need additional training? Thanks.
At least one certified in CPR, one supervisor for each 10 people, each
supervisor must have Safety Afloat and Safe Swim Defense. For Cub Scouts
the ratio falls to 1 to 5.
All the above info comes from the 1996 printing of "Guide to Safe
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City