Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Swimming
Mon, 1 Feb 1999 16:43:16 -0500
Your proposed technique, and recommendation to Laura, may very well
work. But it might not.
Your experience and that of this Scout are different. Each of you are
The recommendation: "Don't let him give up on himself..." related to
Swimming could lead down an even more difficult path - his giving up on
Scouting, and racking up a personal failure.
Having a very specific phobia does not make him disabled, nor does
having the Troop Committee waive this one requirement make him so. It
would be a very specific remedy for a very specific situation.
The fact that for over two years this Scout has been thwarted from
progressing, even to 2nd Class Rank, due to one element means that he
has also been delayed in whatever natural progression he could have made
If I were so insistant that a person follow my prescribed path, with
not deviation; and that that person must repeatedly (or attempt to)
perform a task which he felt onnerous, fearful of, demeaning, etc.; and
the failure to do so might cause others to ridicule him; might that not
constitute actions approaching hazing?
We should be about forming individuals who will follow their own paths
in life - not about cloning ourselves.