Scouts-L Mail Archive for October of 1998: Personal Fitness
Bob Rosebrough, GBL, B-200
Tue, 13 Oct 1998 07:08:00 -0400
Don Scruggs is quite correct. The AAHPERD has replaced their previous
standards with recommendations that are much more "holistic" in approach.
Most physical educators have long known that physical fitness tests test
one thing - one's ability to do physical fitness tests. Fore example,
aerobic fitness can be measured in many more ways than running.
The physical fitness standards still exist, however. They can be found
in the following Web site that describes the President's Physical Fitness
It is important to realize that there is a recommendation that these
tests be initially performed before a competent, professional physical
educator who will asses the child's ability to do the test and will
recommend alternative programs for that child who is physically unable to
perform those tests. The idea is to develop a personalized program for
each kid. This philosophy should be contrasted with the Personal Fitness
Merit Badge Requirements that allow the tests to be performed before a
Patrol Leader. Yeah right, what's the competency level of the average
12-13 yr. old Patrol Leader as a physical educator?
Another point, the performance standards developed for these awards were
gleaned for the 50% percentile of a rather large sample of kids
performing the tests. This doesn't mean that 50% of all Scouts are going
to be precluded from being Eagles.
In summary, let's get real on this badge and develop a mission statement
as to its purpose!
ASM Troop 601