Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Swimming
Wed, 3 Feb 1999 16:22:10 -0500
I also question some post's have stated that the goal is to help/assist this
young man to learn to swim. I think we need to remember, IS THIS HIS GOAL
Someone said that the goal is to teach him to swim not to reach First Class.
Well, again I say WHO KNOWS, has anyone asked this young man?
Is HIS goal to make first class, OR to swim?
As with everything else in Scouting, the swimming requirements for Second
and First Class have an alterior motive. Yes, by completing the requirements
the Scout either learns to swim, or learns how competent a swimmer he
already is. More importantly, the requirement teaches a very valuable lesson
about confidence. Swimming is a very difficult skill to master and any Scout
who masters it will know that he is capable of almost anything. Scouts who
can already swim already know this so the result of the requirement is
mainly to reinforce what the Scout already knows. Scouts who cannot swim
gain a great benefit from learning to swim in the process of completing
requirements. A huge fear of water like Pam described though, creates a
situation where the Scout (or anyone else for that matter) cannot even begin
to build the confidence they need without first learning to deal with their
We as Scouters have to learn to take our Scout's feelings into consideration
when we look at advancements. Yes every Scout should be a swimmer and, in a
perfect world, that wouldn't be a problem. This is not a perfect world.
Therefore it is important to stay flexible, and avoid blanket statements
that boil down to "sink or swim."
A. J. Mako, email@example.com , Scoutmaster Troop 381
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