Scouts-L Mail Archive for February of 1999: Never do a sit-up??
Never do a sit-up??
Fri, 26 Feb 1999 17:41:43 EST
Bob Nix (hi ol' TP-A friend!) writes that he has a 14 yr old at 230 lbs who
will NEVER do a sit-up, and wants a way to "lower the bar" so the boy can
Well, Bob, lemme tell ya. There's a reason that Eagle is an elite group (and
elite is not a dirty word). A fat kid CAN have the satisfaction of trimming
down and achieving the requirement. he has 4 yrs, ferevvinsake. I'll bet his
mommy and daddy have been making excuses for him since he was a chubby
toddler, and I don't think it has served him well now, nor will in the future.
And if he won't do this (don't say "can't," say "won't." Big difference in
outlook, eh?) then why SHOULD he be ranked with the Eagles?
Just so you don't think I'm a total harda-- on this, let me tell you about my
own kid, who at age 15, 5'11" and 280 was a far piece from passing the
Philmont wt guidelines for next summer's trek. He has been (literally) working
his buns off, and is now 6'1" and 256, within sight of the limits (he has to
make 246 if he stays at 6'1"). He just decided it was time to do it.
Make it possible for him to achieve, don't make it possible for him to get
excused. Get a personal trainer to come to a meeting and explain a sensible
exercise plan, and arrange to have him/her meet w/ any boy that needs to make
a personal plan. Support him all the way. He'll be glad you dod when he's 18
and gets that EARNED ribbon.
SA T47 Sandwich MA
Cape Cod & Islands Council
Abake MiSaNaKi Lodge #393
NSJ 1997 Nat'l Health & Safety
I useta be an Eagle...
'The staff is old and feeble, and we can sing no more,
So we're getting out of Gilwell while we can!'
NEI-188 And getting the darn beads April 5! About time!