Boy Scout / Venturer Swim Program -
Swimming OR Lifesaving Merit Badge
At Valley Forge Military Academy (VFMA)
Valley Forge Military Academy
1001 Eagle Road
Wayne, PA 19087
When: Session 1 – Sunday, 12 February 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM
Session 2 – Sunday, 19 February 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM
Session 3 – Sunday, 26 February 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM
Session 4 – Sunday, 5 March 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM
Make-up Session – Sunday, 12 March 2017, 5:00-6:30 PM
Where: Valley Forge Military Academy Price Hall Indoor Pool - Park in the parade field parking lot, Gate E-2 off of Eagle Road, and enter through the gym side door between Price Hall and the Regimental Mess Hall. Locker room is down the stairs to your right.
Boy Scouts and Venturers can earn the Swimming or Lifesaving merit badge during our five-session program. All participants need to be in good physical condition and should be prepared to attend every session. You will need a bathing suit, towel, change of clothing, and swim goggles if desired. Be prepared!
ALL Participants are required to bring along to Session 1 a BSA Activity Consent Form signed by a parent or guardian and a Blue Card signed by the Scoutmaster.
Swimming Merit Badge will require the ability to sufficiently demonstrate the breast stroke, side stroke, elementary backstroke, backstroke, and front crawl and to swim 150 yards without resting. While some swim stroke instruction and practice will be given, this is not a “learn to swim” class.
Lifesaving Merit Badge will require the ability to swim ¼ of a mile for the first requirement of Session 1, and participants should be skilled at the breast stroke and side stroke. The Swimming merit badge is a prerequisite.
Earning these badges during the winter months will free up valuable time at Summer Camp to pursue other unique opportunities for fun and adventure!
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