Re: Non-swimmer Advancement
Jonathan Dixon (dixonj@MIMICAD.COLORADO.EDU)
Mon, 19 Sep 1994 13:37:50 -0600
> 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.
> Is it possible for this scout to advance? Are there any provisions
> in the advancement rules for such cases?
I don't know of any way around the requirements w/o medical reasons,
but I would suggest that going through them is probably the best route
anyhow. When I was an older scout/brand-new adult, we had one scout
who couldn't get past the swimming requirement for 1st Class (under
the "old" requirements). He worked at it for several years at summer
camp, and finally managed to get it done. He went on to get Eagle and
is now a very helpful leader in our troop. He still isn't much of a
swimmer as far as I know, but he learned that he could overcome the
obstacle if he needed to.
ASM Troop 1046, Bowie, MD, NCAC
Eagle '85 Vigil '89
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City