Mile Swim BSA

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Mile Swim BSA is not a merit badge.

Mile Swim BSA

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Level:Boy Scouts, Venturers,
Varsity Scouts, Scouters

The Mile Swim BSA Award is offered by many Boy Scout Summer Camps as a part of their aquatics program. The patch is not worn on the uniform. It is an aquatic insignia and can be worn on swim trunks. It can also be worn on a jacket or patch vest or placed on blankets, backpacks, or other personal equipment.

Mile Swim BSA award is required for the National Outdoor Badge for Aquatics.


Mile Swim BSA award requirements

  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 four hours of training and preparation for distance swimming (one hour a day maximum).
  4. Swim one mile over a measured course that has been approved by the trained instructor who will supervise the swim.

The official source for the information shown in this is:
Boy Scout Requirements, 2018 Edition (BSA Supply SKU #641568)

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Related awards

Aquatic-related awards


  • Unlike most merit badges or other awards, there is no limit to the amount of times a Scout or Scouter may earn this award.
  • Be sure you have the proper physical fitness and ability levels before attempting the swim. It is highly advised to complete the Swimming merit badge before attempting the Mile Swim Award.

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Guide to Safe Scouting

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