Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM)
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 16:51:48 -0400
> From: Bob Morehead <rmorehead@NLS.NET>
> Date: Tuesday, June 23, 1998 3:20 PM
> I believe if a boy can jump into the water and pass the 1st Class test
> immediately, he should be automatically signed off for 2nd Class, as he
> fulfilled those requirements in the process of completing the 1st Class
> requirements. My friend believes that since there are two separate
> requirements for two separate ranks, there must be two separate tests.
> I see this as an unnecessary waste of time and energy.
First, neither the Second Class nor First Class swimming requirements
require the boy to jump into the water. The First Class requirement is
for him to demonstrate his ability to swim 100 yards using one resting
stroke and two other strokes, and to float. It his hard for me to see how
swimming 100 yards using three strokes does not also demonstrate the
ability to swim 50 yards using two strokes, which is the swimming part of
the Second Class swimming requirement. Of course, he must still what
precautions must be taken for a safe swim in order to be signed off for
the Second Class requirement.
So, I am with you. I have been unsuccessful over many years in finding
anything in the literature that says that something that you can't use the
same deed to meet more than one requirement. As long as what you have
done actually meets the requirement for multiple things then you have
completed them all. Clearly demonstrating the ability to swim 100 yards
also demonstrates the ability to swim 50 yards.
Bruce E. Cobern
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City