Re: Disability? Or not?
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Mon, 8 Jun 1998 13:44:03 -0400
> From: Rob <stagis@MEGAHITS.COM>
> Date: Monday, June 08, 1998 9:19 AM
> The problem with further advancement is that he can swim fine until he
> into water over his head. One of the swimming requirement is to jump
> at least 6 feet of water and swim for (I forget the distance, but it
> 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 -
> 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.
Well, first of all, I believe you are confusing two DIFFERENT sets of
requirements which, for the time being, are NOT THE SAME. It is true that
to pass the DEEP WATER test the Scout must jump into water over his head.
However, for the First Class swimming requirement, as it now stands, there
is no such requirement. The current FC swimming requirement reads only
"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
minute." Note there is no mention of deep water.
> Every year at summer camp, we do the swimming test, and every year, we
> 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?
> could sorta be called a psychological disability)...I really wanna
> this kid, and don't know what to do...
As pointed out by Jay, there is a provision for the troop committee to
waive this requirement for medical or safety reasons, so there is no need
to get as far as whether this is a disability or not requiring extension
of time limits, etc. Jay and I may differ as to whether this really is a
medical or safety issue, but it is your conscience that will have to guide
you. Personally, I believe that in most cases, given enough personal
attention, the Scout can be taught to swim in deep water (which, again is
not currently required).
Now I would note that you should try to get beyond this soon since word
out of the national meeting just held is that the two sets of swimming
requirements - dock tests and advancement - are being adjusted so as to
conform, effective February. My personal bet would be that the
advancement requirements will be changed to agree with the dock test
requirements, but it could be the other way around or something in the
middle. The point is that by this time next year it is very possible that
the FC swimming requirement WILL require jumping into water over your
Bruce E. Cobern
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