As we start preparations for summer camp, Council and some troops are scheduling Pre-Camp Swim Checks.
Every scout and leader who wishes to swim at summer camp must pass the swim test.
Some scouts panic when they have to swim the first time in muddy lake water. This prevents many from taking the swimming merit badge because they cannot start the course until they pass the swim test.
Taking the test in a swimming pool limits the panic. It allows the scout to take more time to adapt to the lake water and improves the number scouts who can complete their swimming requirements at summer camp.
One council-provided pre-camp swim check will take place at Southport High School, 971 E Banta Ave, Indianapolis, IN, on Saturday, May 7, 2016 from 8:00 am to noon. (The link on the Council website is currently broken. It loops back to the calendar page.) Follow this link to see the event in context.
[ADDED: 5/4/16, 12:00 pm] A second council-provided pre-camp swim check will take place at Carmel High School, 520 E Main St, Carmel, IN 46032, on Sunday, May 22, 2016 from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
Please remember that these are “unit activities.” Your unit must provide the YPT compliance and record keeping. The council provides the facility and aquatics staff to comply with the camp guidelines.
A troop can run its own swim check if it complies with the guidelines on the Ransburg website.