Girl Scout Swim Teams provide a great opportunity for girls in southwest Minnesota to work with experienced coaches and learn new skills at their own pace. No Girl Scout experience or membership is required.
Swim teams are coached by local lifeguards and other adults from your community. All of our coaches have a swimming background that may include competitive swimming, lifeguarding, and working as a water safety instructor at local pools.
For: Girls entering grades K-12
Season Dates: To be determined
Where: Meets are at local southwest Minnesota pools
Practice Times: Vary by pool, and registered girls will be notified of their times
Register and Prepare for Swim Team
Register for a Swim Team Near You
Swim Team registration opens March 1, 2017.
As you register for a swim team spot, please keep in mind that these teams are not confirmed until they meet the basic requirements to be a team. Read our Cancellation and Refund Policy for more information.
Girls who are new to Girl Scouts or are new to our Swim Team must register by paper. Returning Girl Scouts/Swim Team members can register online or by paper. If the total cost of camp is not affordable, you can request a grant to help with the cost.
Prepare for Swim Team
As soon as your Swim Team has been confirmed by River Valleys, your swim coach will reach out to you with preparations, practice times, and practice locations.
Frequently Asked QuestionsCancellation and Refund Policy
Teams are confirmed once they meet the basic requirements to be a team:
Once community pools have opened for their season, we need them to confirm that they will host Swim Team for another year.
All teams must have a minimum of two coaches:
- One who is at least 18+
- One that is currently a certified lifeguard
In the rare event of a cancellation, all participants who signed up for the cancelled team can choose to be fully refunded or placed onto a different team. Girl Scouts River Valleys will offer at least two other teams in the region for participants to join.
What skills does my girl need to know in order to participate?
Girls should have basics swimming skills such as the ability to have their face under water, swim 25 yards without stopping, and feel comfortable in the deep end.
Girls do not need to have been on a swim team before or know specific strokes.
The meet schedule is based on coaches’ schedules and pool availability. We try to schedule meets so that families do not have to travel more than 60 miles to a meet. The schedule will be complete by June 1, 2017 and coaches will share the information with families.
Our coaches have a wide range of experiences and skills. A lot of our coaches used to compete themselves on the Girl Scout Swim Team! Our coaches are lifeguards at their community pool, compete on a school swim team, teach swim lessons and/or are water safety inspectors.
All of our coaches have completed background checks and are registered members of Girl Scouts.
Examples of additional expenses may include goggles and swimsuits (no special swimsuits are required). Some teams do purchase team T-shirts which is decided by the team’s head coach.
Adult chaperones are asked to help girls uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law during council events so all participants have an enjoyable experience through their own actions. This includes respecting oneself and others, respecting authority, and being a sister to every Girl Scout.
Girls are expected to uphold the Girl Scout Promise and Law during council events so all participants have an enjoyable experience. This includes respecting oneself and others, respecting authority, and being a sister to every Girl Scout.