Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Personal fitness???
Fri, 30 Apr 1999 16:05:24 -0400
Another question to submit to the collective wisdom of the List.
Due to the recent changes in the Eagle requirements we have had a number of
scouts embark on the personal fitness merit badge and we are closely examining
it for the first time. Requirement 7 states " Be evaluated above the 50th
percentile in the aerobic endurance test, flexibility test, and muscular
strength test." My problem is with a physically challenged boy that cannot meet
this requirement (i.e., fall into the 50th percentile). Now I understand that
the NEW requirements have changed this but this boy and others have started the
badge under the old rubric and want to stay on that track (due to the shorter
physical fitness program). What do I do, especially with the challenged boy. The
obvious solution is to suggest the NEW requirements, but I have done that and
got the argument "but I started under the old and now you want to change the
rules". (you know the sense on honor and fairness that prevails at this age).
My sense is to ask him to do the tests to the best of his abilities, have him
set up a program, execute it and have him show improvement after the program.
Do I see a show of hands?
Neal Musto, SM Troop 33