Re: Swimming Requirement
golden cliff (c60clg1@CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU)
Mon, 29 Sep 1997 23:15:47 -0500
On Thu, 25 Sep 1997, Jim Sleezer wrote:
> As one of those scouts who couldn't swim, it took me a long time to reach
> first class but I kept at it because a couple of adults in my troop made
> it clear that they wanted me to be successful and were willing to work...
> ...I was not able to swim well enough to pass swimming merit badge, let
> alone life saving. Since both were required for eagle, I stopped at life.
Jim et all,
I barely squeeked through the First Class swim test at age 14, then didn't
enter the water again for years.
I also stopped at Life Scout due to the swimming requirments. I did finally
earn the Swimming merit badge just before age 18, but never completed
If Swimming M.B. hadn't been required, I would still be a nonswimmer.
I am very thankful I learned to swim. It is an important skill.
I still don't really like swimming, but at least I can do it.
Like Jim, I prefer being on the water rather than in it. I love canoeing,
sailing, boating, and rafting. I took a spill while rafting on the Ocoee
river in Tennessee last summer and did some "whitewater swimming" through
a stretch of rapids. Exciting, not enjoyable, but exciting.
Confronting and overcoming fear is an important part of Scouting. It has
to do with that "character aim" we have in the program. Patience and
quiet determination will go a long way to help a boy. Some really great
people helped me learn to swim. I wouldn't have done it without their
encouragement, patience, and the faith they had in me to succeed.
It is those gifts from my leaders of yesterday that I try to maintain and
pass along to the boys of today. That's part of what makes Scouting such
a great program.
YIS, Cliff Golden
Scoutmaster Troop 33; DeKalb, Illinois
Three Fires Council BSA
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