Life saving is one of the Eagle required merit badges. You have to already have earned the swimming merit badge. The boys learn the basic techniques of water rescue. Before they even get into the merit badge they have to swim 400 yards. If you cannot do that, then you will have to find another merit badge to work on.
So at 5:22 am this morning, I got up to wake up 6 hearty souls of Troop 5 for a 6am swim. Besides the challenges of the swim, it is quite the challenge to get up that early in the morning after a very long day at Camp on Sunday.
I am proud to report that all 6 were successful.