Re: Non-swimmer Advancement
GS-12 Daniel R. Mott Mr (mott@OODIS01.HILL.AF.MIL)
Tue, 20 Sep 1994 06:41:42 -0600
In your message of 19 Sep 1994 at 0923 MDT, you write:
> 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 .......
> Is it possible for this scout to advance? Are there any provisions
> in the advancement rules for such cases?
I think it would depend on the individual situation of the boy.
Personally I had hydrophobia when I was a boy and still do. But I
overcame that at the time and earned all the requirements for the
Swimming and Lifesaving merit badges, though it took two classes each
at the local YMCA in order to do it. This was in the late 60's at a
time when there were no optional required merit badges for the Eagle
It may be possible if there is some kind of physical, medical problem
for council to give you some leeway, but this is up to the district
and council advancement chairperson. This is also highly dependent on
the person's situation and the reasons why he can't swim.
Daniel R. Mott
Great Salt Lake Council
District 23 (Golden Eagle)
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