Disability? Or not?
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 09:19:28 -0400
I'm doing a wisdom-check on this list.....HELP!!
I recently became SM of Troop 76 in Plainville, CT. While familiarizing
myself with the boys, I ran across one who's a 16-year-old Tenderfoot - he's
been in the troop for (I think) 3 years. When I asked about why he's still
Tenderfoot (and after noticing that ALL his 2nd class requirements were
signed off). I started getting the whole story.
The kid is sort of a wallflower, nad it turns out that he was just too shy
to ask for advancement, and was sort of forgotten about *sigh*. I've got
his Board of Review scheduled, and he'll get his Second Class right away.
When I asked the troop "Who really wants to make Eagle?" because we're
thinking of starting a 'Trail to Eagle' group, his was the hand that came up
The problem with further advancement is that he can swim fine until he gets
into water over his head. One of the swimming requirement is to jump into
at least 6 feet of water and swim for (I forget the distance, but it isn't
too bad). He can't....he can swim all the strokes and he's competent at
'em, but ONLY if he can reach bottom. Now, I'm serious about this - jumping
into 6 feet of water results in a Lifesaving Merit Badge demo...he just
can't do it, and it isn't for lack of trying.
Every year at summer camp, we do the swimming test, and every year, we ask
him to try again...he sighs and jumps...and we save him.
Can I, in good conscience, advance him? Can I call this a disability? (It
could sorta be called a psychological disability)...I really wanna advance
this kid, and don't know what to do...
Thanks in advance - Rob Stagis
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City