Re: Non-swimmer Advancement
Randy Finder (NARAHT@DRYCAS.CLUB.CC.CMU.EDU)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 12:55:00 EDT
> We have a tenderfoot scout who has been active in the troop for
>two years this month. He has completed all the requirements,
>EXCEPT SWIMMING, for his second class and first class ranks and now
>needs only one eagle required merit badge for his Star rank. He has
>taken swimming instructions at summer camp and the YMCA and is still
>not able to pass the swimming requirements. He has no medical problem
>or physical disability.
The scout has my sympathy. I had similar problems getting my swiming Skill
Award (don't remember if it held up my advancement or not). I couldn't do the
At age 12-14,I was about 5'8" & 120lbs. As such I was very bony and sank like
a rock (especially my legs). It didn't matter how much air I took
in, my legs sank and I would end up in vertical float (against the
requirements, apparently). I failed to get the skill award twice at
scout days at swimming pools. The only way I passed was to do the skill
at summer camp in a lake that was about as clear as mud. I could
move my legs just enough to keep my body horizontal.
I guess I cheated. But I'm still not sure I have any guilt about it.
BTW, I was on my high school Diving Team, so I do like the water. :)
(my memory may be faulty on this, but I do remember thinking, "Thank goodness
for muddy water.")
> Is it possible for this scout to advance? Are there any provisions
>in the advancement rules for such cases?
No Idea. :(
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City