Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Swimming
Ian N. Ford FRSH
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 15:50:43 -0000
From: Jim Peterson <kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU>
To: SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU <SCOUTS-L@LISTSERV.TCU.EDU>
Date: 02 February 1999 09:10
Subject: Re: Swimming
>I think Ron's advice was right on target. Jay, hate to disagree with you
>buddy but I gotta say that unless there is a REAL physical disability
>involved, I think that there are some things that EVERY scout ought to
>accomplish. And swimming is one of them. A pretty good knowledge of First
>Aid and emergency response is another. These are things Boy Scouts are
>expected to do by folks in general. I suppose tying a bowline is another.
>Oh boy....here we go!
What I take exception to is the implied value that the only " real "
disabilities are physical ones. It is about time that we recognised that
the Scouting program is about helping to develop young people to maximise
their individual potential, not pounding square pegs into round holes.
I imagine that even Eagle Scouts sometimes have some sort of irrational
fear - claustrophobia, fear of spiders, fear of heights ... so why
penalise a kid who is afraid of swimming ?