Mile Swim Award
This Award is meant for Scouts BSA.
The BSA Mile Swim patch is to be worn on the left side of swim trunks. It is not to be worn on the scout uniform.
- Explain how regular exercise contributes to good health and why swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.
- Tell what precautions and procedures a swimmer and escort must follow for distance swimming over open water.
- Under the supervision of a currently qualified certified aquatics instructor, BSA or equivalent, participate in 4 hours of training and preparation for distance swimming (1 hour a day maximum).
- Swim 1 mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.
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Oct 10, 2014 - Joe
Venture Scouts are also able to earn this award.
Nov 08, 2019 - Anthony Hughes
To show how much Scouting has changed (I hope). In the mid 1980s, there was a brief time where we were actually told not to wear this or the Snorkeling BSA patch on our swim trunks (as prescribed by the regs). Apparently at summer camp boys with these patches were being attacked during swim call and held under the water by other boys who were jealous of the patches. One boy almost drowned in 1987 and, afterwards, no swim trunks with award patches were allowed at Goshen Scout Camp in Virginia. It might have been a local problem, with rules different at other camps.
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