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Mile Swim, BSA


Requirements were REVISED effective January 1, 2009.
To see the requirements, with the changes highlighted, Click here.
For the previous requirements, Click here.


SWIM TRUNKS EMBLEM

The Mile Swim, BSA Patch is NOT worn on the Uniform.
It is worn on the left side of the swim trunks.

Adults can also participate in this program at many camps,
but they are NOT authorized to earn or wear the Mile Swim patch shown above.


  1. Explain how regular exercise contributes to good health and why swimming is one of the best forms of exercise.
  2. Tell what precautions and procedures a swimmer and escort must follow for distance swimming over open water.
  3. 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).
  4. Swim 1 mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.

In addition to the Patch shown at the top of this page, the wallet card ( No. 4246) shown below, is available

Mile Swim Wallet Card


Page updated on: March 26, 2013



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