Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Swimming
John and Bernadette Curry
Tue, 2 Feb 1999 17:05:47 -0500
When I posted a private response to the Scouter's original posting on what
to do about the Scout's terror of the water, I suggested counseling. Making
the young man face his fears may be good for him, but in it's proper setting
and under experienced professional guidance. Scouting may be an impetus to
overcoming his fear, and after counseling, he may be able to fulfill the
requirement. But if a professional counselor, psychologist or psychiatrist
says that it would be harmful to force the young man into the water at this
time, I for one would find a way around the requirement.
Scouters, please keep in mind that there is a big difference between simple
fear of the water and a phobia towards it. A professional should be making
And for the cynical among the readers of the list, counseling is one way to
find out if he just doesn't like swimming or is truly terrified.
Committee Chairman Pack 995
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