Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Mile Swim
Re: Mile Swim
Mon, 22 Feb 1999 09:27:07 -0500
I disagree somewhat with Chuck Bramlet, in that I wouldn't generalize
11- and 12-year-olds as being incapable of swimming a mile. Anecdotal
evidence, such as "I had a tough time when I was 16" or "I had an
11-year-old breeze through it" doesn't prove anything, other than some
16-year-olds can't swim a mile and some 11-year-olds can. Each boy
should be evaluated individually.
The "warm-ups" of 1/4 and 1/2 mile are not meant to be training, but
evaluations. I think it's a pretty safe way of determining if a boy is
capable or not. But prior swimming ability is necessary.
What I do agree with is to not force the issue by turning it into a
right of passage, however informal. Encourage and congratulate those
who really want to try and give a patch and award to those who actually
complete. They've accomplished a difficult thing. Let them brag. Now,
find some other challenge for those who would rather not swim a mile.
Our scout camp has about 3500 acres abutting the huge expanses of the
White Mountains. There's gotta be another challenge in there somewhere.
A scoutmaster's job would be so much easier if all boys were identical,
but would that really be any fun? It would make for an interesting but
creepy movie, though - "The Stepford Scouts" :>)
ASM Troop 98