James A. Sheckels (sheckej@EARTHLINK.NET)
Tue, 23 Jun 1998 18:52:52 -0400
From: Bob Morehead <rmorehead@NLS.NET>
Date: Tuesday, June 23, 1998 04:32 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 believe as Bob does, the one includes the other.
Ask your friend - if a NEW Scout went to summer camp as a Scout, and took
First Aid merit badge, having demonstrated he knows the skills, is he to be
retested for the rank first aid requirements that were included in the merit
badge? I think not.
Since the aquatics merit badges all require the CPR knowledge, does this
mean that the Scout has to be re-certified (tested) for each merit badge? I
Maybe I think wrong ;-).
The Scout is required to demonstrate his ability and knowledge to do the
requirements. In the case of 2nd/1st Class swimming, I would believe if a
Scout can swim 100 yards with three strokes, he can swim 50 yards with two
strokes. It's logical and reasonable.
We even have hints of this logic in the Scoutmaster Handbook (#33002, 1997
Revision) pages 93 and 94, Chapter 8 - Advancement.
Looking at page 93: The first paragraph describes one definition of
advancement as "meeting the challenge" of mastering a skill or skills. The
page goes on to discuss meeting this challenge in increasingly demanding
requirements as the Scout matures with knowledge and experience. It even
says it should be, of all things, -FUN. (I wonder if the Scout would
consider it fun to have to do less than he can simply to get a check mark in
Going to page 94, second full paragraph: Big Secret of advancement #1:
Advancement *is not* a sterile and irrelevant test-passing routine. It is a
natural process of the Scout's experience in Scouting activities.
Looking at these two pages leaves me to conclude that if the Scout, through
a normal routine of activity, reaches the point of surpassing the skill
level required for a requirement, even before he is tested specifically on
that requirement, he has demonstrated mastery of the skill by inclusion in
the more demanding level he has arrived at.
And I see no reason why this cannot be used to pass off both levels of
Also, let's try to look at it from the Scout's view. Not an adult's view.
I seem to remember reading somewhere that it is a boy ran program. ;-D.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City