Swimming Requirements (was Totin Chip)
Fred Rogers (fredrogers@VNET.IBM.COM)
Fri, 3 Nov 1995 10:02:29 EDT
On Thu, 2 Nov 1995 22:05:35 -0500, Mike Murray <Mike2M@AOL.COM> writes:
> In a message dated 95-11-01 14:57:52 EST, you write:
> >A scout who completes the Swimming merit badge does everything that is
> >required for wnd and 2st class swimming. I would not hesitate to sign
> >those requirements off after a scout earns the MB.
> I would disagree the requirements are different and meant to be met as a
> different requirement. A merit badge is different than rank advamcement. The
> same goes for the cooking requirements for 1st class being different than the
> cooking merit badge.
> Mike Murray
The following are the swimming requirements for 2nd and 1st class ranks
and the related requirements for the Swimming Merit Badge:
Second Class swimming requirement:
Tell what precautions must be taken for a safe swim. Demonstrate your
ability to swim 50 yards using two different strokes.
First Class swimming requirement:
Demonstrate your ability to swim 100 yards using one resting stroke and
two other strokes, and to float (rest) as motionless as possible for 1
Requirement #1 for Swimming Merit Badge:
Successfully complete the BSA swimmer test. Explain how the Safe Swim
Defense plan is used to protect Scout troops and other groups when they
Requirement #2 for Swimming Merit Badge:
Swim continuously for 150 yards using the following strokes in good
form and in a strong manner: sidestroke for 50 yards, elementary
backstroke for 50 yards, front crawl or trudgen for 25 yards, and
either the breaststroke or back crawl for 25 yards.
Requirement #6a for Swimming Merit Badge:
Float faceup in a resting position as nearly motionless as possible for
at least a minute.
It appears to me that everything that is required for 2nd and 1st class
is contained in the Swimming MB requirements. The only difference is
that you must swim further for the MB and you must use specific
strokes. The requirements for the MB exceed those of 2nd and 1st
class. I fail to see how a case can be made for not signing off on the
rank requirements for a scout who earned the MB.
Fred Rogers <email@example.com>
Tioga District Advancement Chairman
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City