Re: Non-swimmer Advancement
alan houser (houser@CEDR.LBL.GOV)
Wed, 21 Sep 1994 11:36:56 PDT
Daniel R. Mott writes
>Personally I had hydrophobia when I was a boy and still do. But I
>overcame that at the time ....
Bravo to you, Daniel. I also had and still have hydrophobia, but no
one ever recognized it or encouraged me to work through it, so I am
still a non-swimmer, and I regret it, especially with the Troop going
canoeing this weekend and a crew going to Sommers Canoe Base next August.
I would strongly discourage anyone from allowing a Scout who is otherwise
physically able to bypass the swimming requirements for Second Class and
First Class. Swimming is too important a life skill to be overlooked or
passed over lightly. Our public schools now include swimming instruction
as part of the PE curriculum in middle school.
My oldest son took nearly two years to make First Class because of the
swimming requirement. But that was the incentive that he needed to learn
to swim well. Last summer he worked at the waterfront at camp as a CIT,
and he is two half-merit badges away from completing his Eagle requirements.
Alan R. Houser
Scoutmaster, Berkeley Troop 24
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