Camp Emerald Bay became an American Red Cross Lifeguard and CPR training facility in 2019. With trained lifeguard instructors working together to lead this program, you can feel confident that your Scouts, aged 15 and older, will leave Emerald Bay with the skills to not only safely guard your troop’s aquatic program, but apply for lifeguarding jobs in your area.
Who: Any youth (aged 15 and older) and adults can take the course.
When: During your week of summer camp, participants are in class for both Sessions 1 and 2 (8:40-11:00am). Upon arriving to camp on Sunday, all participants enrolled in a Lifeguarding course will report to the Waterfront at 2pm for the prerequisite testing for the program. There are additional online learning modules that must be completed prior to arriving in camp.
Benefits of Course: A two-year certification in Lifeguarding, CPR/AED, and First Aid, recognized nationally.
Cost: $75 per person. Fees are collected online through Doubleknot, once registered for the course.
Process to Register: Once you have a participant interested in taking the American Red Cross Lifeguard course, you will add it as a merit badge/course selection. The ability to select courses is available from March until the Saturday before your week of summer camp. A “How to Register” guide can be found on our Forms and Documents Page.
Pre-Course Work (e-learning): Approximately 7 hours of online course work will be sent to participants in May via an email containing a registration link. All online modules for the CPR/Lifeguard course must be complete by each participant prior to their week in camp.
BSA Lifeguard: The Boy Scouts of America offers a lifeguard course that certifies Scouts 15 years of age and older. We do offer this course at Emerald Bay as well, at no cost to the participant, but the certification is only recognized by BSA lifeguard programs. There is no online portion for this course and participants can sign up for it while in camp.