Re: 2nd & 1st Class Swimming Requirements
Blaine A. Jackson (blainej@JUNO.COM)
Tue, 23 Sep 1997 16:45:59 -0500
On Thu, 18 Sep 1997 11:00:32 -0400 "Calvin H. Gray"
>On the Scout Handbook pages which list the 2nd & 1st Class swimming
>requirments, a footnote states, "This requirement may be waived by the
>troop committee for medical or safety reasons."
>Every now and then, our troop has a boy who can't satisfy the 2nd
>and/or 1st Class swimming requirments. Using "safety" as the reason,
>troop committee has a long-standing policy to waive the swimming
>for these boys.
Your committee is doing these scouts a great disservice. You are also
potentially creating a dangerous situation for the scout.
I was in charge of swimming checks for our Jamboree contingent. Since
all scouts must be 1st Class to go to Jambo, I assumed that they could
all swim. Luckily, one scout told one of the scout Life Guards assisting
me that he could not swim before he jumped into the water. His SM had
signed his 1st Class rank advancement without any swimming requirement.
Had there been an accident, I am sure that I would have been sued; and I
can assure you that the SM would have been a part of the law suit.
I do not think that this requirement should be waived without a medical
or physicological reason, from the treating medical professional.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City