Steve Beluch (steve.beluch@SYSLINK.MCS.COM)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 12:43:31 LCL
S> We have a tenderfoot scout who has been active in the troop for
S>two years this month. He has completed all the requirements,
S>EXCEPT SWIMMING, for his second class and first class ranks and now
S>needs only one eagle required merit badge for his Star rank. He has
S>taken swimming instructions at summer camp and the YMCA and is still
S>not able to pass the swimming requirements. He has no medical problem
S>or physical disability.
It may be the method with which he is being thought. Some require real
one on one classes. He may just have a fear of water, or of his ability
to COMPLETE the requirement and therefor not really trying.
Exactly WHERE is he failing? Second class is the BSA beginners Test,50
YDS...25 any stroke 25 Elementry Backstroke and float 1 MIN. First Class
is the swimmers test 100 YDS...75 any stroke 25 Elementry backstroke and
float 1 min. If he has no disability to speak of than what seems to be
needed is an effort to get the lad motivated. The Requirement states
"in a strong manner" but does not force you to use any prefered stroke.
Try this, if the lad can swim at least: start out in the crawl, then
have him roll on his side and do a side stroke, then roll on his back
and do a backstroke, over on his side again with a sidestroke and finish
with the elementry back stroke.
S> Is it possible for this scout to advance? Are there any provisions
S>in the advancement rules for such cases?
There are alternates for the REQUIRED Swimming and Lifesaving merit
badges but the rank swimming is really an effort to get the scouts to
learn to swim both for fun and safety.
There are a lot of ways to make this work but I need to have more info.
Drop me an post with a little more info and I might just be able to
Steve Beluch - Des Plaines Valley Council
Direct E-Mail: steve.beluch@SYSLINK.mcs.com
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