Re: Non-swimmer Advancement
August Treubig (atreubi@CCTUADMIN3.ENTERGY.COM)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 10:39:21 +0600
Cruze and I had two black kids in the Troop with the same problem...
They are 14 now, and were a always goofing off and some what of
a problem, but NEITHER could swim... They had taken swimming lessons
at camp and were sort of progressing. One made beginner a year ago or so
and made Second Class.
The present Scoutmaster told me that that one went to camp this summer
and just passed the darn thing. So he is now First Class, got elected
SPL and is doing pretty good. The other twin (They are twins) is working
with a Swimming merit badge councellor to get his done.....
Sometimes it just takes time...... I wasn't a good swimmer myself and it
took me until I was around 13 to pass swimmer. But once I did, I was able
to earn all the water front MB except Rowing...(wasn't interested) plus I
did the Mile Swim...
I would be very hesitant about waving the requirement. Have him work on
all the rest like you are doing and work on the swimming. He may just have
to grow a bit more.
On the other side, this is one of the problems that I have with the current
structure of advancement vs the skill awards... A non-swimmer could make
Eagle without a single waterfront MB......... Now, it's swim or die...
We had one boy who has all kinds of medical problems. His dad said that
the boy's doctor said "HE CANNOT SWIM" and would sign a statement saying
that. There is a case where the requirement can be waived by placing
that letter in his advancement records..
August Treubig Brotherhood Member
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