Re: Swimming req. 2nd & 1st class
Stan Pope (StanDCmr@AOL.COM)
Sat, 10 Aug 1996 11:58:44 -0400
"I have a young scout, who just made Tenderfoot rank at summer camp, that
can't swim. It's almost impossible to just get him to the water front.
Getting him in the water & getting him wet is even harder! Both of his
parents are scared of water, which helps one understand why this boy doesn't
swim. ... Is there an alternate requirement that he could do for Secomd
Class rank? If so, what about the First Class requirement #9 where he must
swim 100 yards? If no alternate is allowed, any ideas on what
I can do to help this scout? "
First, some relevant references:
Adv. Pol & Proc #33088 printing 1996 pg13 "Boy Scout Advancement" and pg
20-21 "Program for Youth Members with Disabilities."
1995-97 Boy Scout Requirements #33218 pg 6 under topic "Alternate
Requirements for Tenderfoot, Second Class, and First Class Ranks".
First, the requirements can't be changed locally. Not by the parent, the
Scoutmaster, the District's professional, the Scout Executive nor, even,
Council Executive Board.
Check the descriptions under "Program for Youth Members with Disabilities"
and discuss with parents and district advancement chairman whether these fit
the case, thus enabling application of the "Alternate Requirements".
Alternate Requirements aren't easy to establish or satisfy, so you might also
discuss with the parents what would probably be required if the scout and his
parents wanted to pursue it that way. (Just the thought that their son's
"water phobia" could be thought of as a "mental disability" might be enough
to get them "off center".)
There were some excellent posts about how to work through the problem and end
up with a "swimmer", too.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City