Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Swimming
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 20:41:23 -0500
Ian N. Ford FRSH wrote:
>><snip Ian's assumption
> What if a psychiatrist ( a medical doctor) says that a Scout has a fear of
> water that would make it unsafe for him to learn to swim? This is not, by
> your definition a " REAL physical disability " ... so would you :
> (a) deny him the opportunity for advancement ?
> (b) tell him to " All it takes is be brave ... just be a MAN ... you need
> to overcome the challenges and obstacles on the trail to Eagle, so just
> get in the water and stop making excuses ? "
> (c) rethink your prejudices ?
On the contrary, a medical doctor (psychiatrist) just then said
this Scout has a disability and I think his disability should be
accomodated as the program makes such allowances.
You want an exception made to the rules for your 'special case'?
Why? What is more special about your fear of the water than
anybody else's fear of the water or of the countless Eagles who
overcame THEIR fear of the water to earn First Class, Swimming
Merit Badge, Lifesaving Merit Badge?
You want an exception, an accomodation? OK, there is a proper way
to go about it. Do the "what if" case. Go to a doctor, document
the disability, get on with the program. No problem.
Gad, that sounded harsh. I didn't mean it to sound that harsh.
Advisor Crew 486
Uh oh, now I've done it...