Safety Moment – May 16, 2024

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Safety Moment – Water Safety Month:

Different organizations give it different names, but when it come down to it, it’s all about aquatics safety.

The Red Cross calls May Water Safety Month.

  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention calls this week Healthy and Safe Swimming Week.

 The National Safe Boating Council says this week is National Safe Boating Week.

At the BSA, we call it a good time to review what we’ve been doing for more than a century — helping kids safely participate in aquatic activities in line with the methods of Scouting. And it all starts with a pretty basic reminder: Wear your life jackets, people!


The United States Coast Guard estimates that 85% of boating-related drowning victims were not wearing life jackets. 


“That’s how important it is to wear a life jacket,” says Terry Budd, chairman of the BSA National Aquatics Subcommittee and the 2023 National Scout Jamboree aquatics lead. “It’s like wearing a seat belt in your car. Some states don’t require you to wear them, but for everything we do in Scouting on the water, you have to wear a life jacket.” 

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