Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Mon, 26 Sep 1994 11:13:55 PDT
>> now have a wheel chair scout. What have people done for this requirement
>> in that case?
I agree with Bob Haar's comments about not arbitrarily denying the Scout who
is wheelchair bound his opportunity to pass the swimming requirement. At
summer camp a few years ago, we had a paraplegic Scout who swam the mile swim.
As far as the floating is concerned, it's easy enough to teach the Scout how
to scull with his hands. You can dispense with the strokes requirements, as
he isn't going to be able to use his legs. with practice, he ought to be
able to go the full distance. Also, his legs will drag him down less in the
floating than will the legs of most Scouts, owing to the muscle atrophy.
The swimming tests are designed to ensure that all Scouts can handle
themselves safely in the water. It is just as important for a paraplegic
person to be safe in and around the water as anybody else.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City