Scout Oath
On my honor I will do my best
To do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law;
To help other people at all times;
To keep myself physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight.

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BSA Lifeguard

The BSA Lifeguard certification has been established to provide units with qualified individuals who can give knowledgeable leadership for activities on the water. The first standard for both is the Safe Swim Defense and Safety Afloat principles establishes the need for qualified supervision.

It is strongly recommended that all units have at least one adult or older youth member certified as a BSA Lifeguard to help plan and conduct all swimming and boating activities. In addition, individuals certified as BSA Lifeguards are recognized throughout the nation as being competent to serve as lifeguards at camps, pools, and beaches. BSA Lifeguard certification is open to any registered member of the BSA who can meet the requirements. The emphasis is on the ability to perform the required skills. The BSA Lifeguard Counselor Guide #34536 is required to pursue this certification.

In Summary the requirements include:

  • Aquatics skill.
  • Swim 800 meters (1/2 mile)
  • Demonstrate skill and knowledge in CURRENT requirements of the following merit badge subjects.
    • Swimming
    • Lifesaving
    • Rowing
    • Canoeing
    • First Aid
  • Throw a line for accuracy 10 meters three times in 1 minute.
  • Safe Swim Defense.
  • Safety Afloat
  • First Aid.
  • Emergency Action