Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1998: Personal Fitness Merit Badge
Personal Fitness Merit Badge
Mon, 28 Sep 1998 20:02:36 EDT
Am I the only person that thinks that making the personal fitness merit
badge a stand alone badge is a mistake. I have some real concerns.
For instance - What do you tell the scout who is Star now, that has obesit=
genes on both sides of the family, plays outdoor and indoor soccer to the
best of his ability, but is not the long distance runner. His doctor says
he will grow into his weight.
What is the criteria for requesting a waiver? Does the scout that works f=
years on this merit badge and comes up short request a waiver at age 17 =
I think waivers to a large extent would diminish the honor.
Does anyone know what the fitness requirements are for adults? Shouldn't
adult leaders be required to set the example? I wonder how many adult lea=
who sat on the board that made this decision can't see the tops of their
I also find it ironic that in this day of crybaby millionaire athletes tha=
has appeared. Wouldn't it be appropriate that we also have as a required
badge, scholarship and computers?
I don't mean to sound like physical fitness shouldn't be an important part=
the scouts life - it should. But I think the requirements for this badge =
the possibilities for a lot of scouts.
T360 Adv. Chair