Bob Haar (rhaar@ALBERT.CS.GMR.COM)
Fri, 23 Sep 1994 10:39:55 EDT
> From: Bob McGwier <n4hy@CCR-P.IDA.ORG>
> Now you see why I never did ASM for New Scouts. I didn't know they had to
> swim to make first class. I know how all of our scouts did it, they
> went to summer camp and showed us their swimmer's buddy tag and that is
> equivalent. It's one of those things that the boys have never had to figure
> out how to arrange since it has always been done at camp. The troop Guides
> sign off on the requirements and I have never looked at them.
That is pretty much my experience as well. The test to be classified
as a "swimmer" at summer camp is intentional designed to meet the
First Class swim requirement.
For us, we get many new scouts in the Fall - transfers, families
moved into the area, etc (plus boys who came in from Webelos in
the Spring but didn't go to summer camp). They may need the swimming
requirement for First Class before the next summer. ALso, we
have a troop canoe trip each spring and require passing the
swim test of all participants (including adults). So we run our
own swim tests in a local pool and bring in a canoe so that we
can practice dealing with a swamped/tipped canoe. We can do this
fairly easily since we also seem to have a number of scouts who
are certified as life guards and one or two with with WSI
> Until this
> year, we have never had a situation where we had to investigate this. We
> now have a wheel chair scout. What have people done for this requirement
> in that case?
In every instance I know where there is some kind physical activity
requirement, it may be modified or exempted due to medical
reasons. This would certainly apply to a boy who was in a wheel
I would agree with an earlier recommendation that any such deviation
be documented in the scout's individual advancement record. This
provides both rational and evidence for the exemption if the
troop leadership changes or if the scout transfers to another
But I would be reluctant to totally exempt this scout. Instead, I
would encourage him to learn about water safety and, working with
him, set some reasonable substitutes for the requirements. Many
paraplegics do learn to swim using just their arms, they may not
be able to cover as much distance, but that can be compromised.
The exact modifications you make to the requiremetns depends on
the particular circumstances, but look for some compromise that
is a reachable challenge for this scout.
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