Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Re: Old topic - Physical Fitness - LONG
Re: Old topic - Physical Fitness - LONG
Thu, 25 Feb 1999 07:32:18 PST
First, I am just a CS mom, so I haven't come anywhere close to dealing
with this. I don't know what kind of answers you are going to get,
although I expect that the part of the Scout Law regarding fitness will
I haven't read the exact requirements, but from what I have heard, I
think they are too regimented. One person's fitness is not fitness by
another person's standards, if that makes any sense.
Isn't there a provision that requirements can be adjusted for handicaps?
Technically, obesity is a handicap. I don't think this boy should be
outright excused, but I think he needs to get together with his doctor
to work out a personal set of requirements, if it turns out that is OK.
Perhaps the doctor could be temporarily signed up as a MB counselor, and
he could sign off on the boy's requirements.
If it were up to me, I would adjust the requirements to _personal_
one-up-manship. Say, I can do 20 sit-ups in a minute when I started
working on the badge. Perhaps, by the end of a certain amount of time,
I have to have increased to 25 or 30. And/or, perhaps within 10 weeks I
have to achieve a 10 pound weight loss and maintain that weight loss for
a given amount of time - maybe another 10 weeks. See where I am going?
Granted, with my system the unfit person (which includes me, BTW)
wouldn't be able to go in and just get the requirements out of the way.
But, you know what they say - you didn't gain the weight overnight, so
don't expect it to come off overnight. The same philosophy should be
used with overweight scouts. You won't meet the requirements overnight,
but you will be introduced to lifestyle changes which will help you
improve your fitness, hopefully for life. I think this kind of approach
would be more beneficial than setting levels which might never be
attainable. Youth obesity is a problem nowadays, and I think we need to
have a Physical Fitness MB that will make these kids more positive about
improving their health.
BTW, I am not saying get rid of the current requirements, because if
some skinny young kid can go in and knock those requirements out, more
power to him! Let's just have some pre-approved alternatives without a
whole big paperwork hassle for the kid and his leaders.
Just my 2 cents worth. Hope it can be used some time.
Paula in Austin, TX
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