Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Personal fitness???
Re: Personal fitness???
Mon, 3 May 1999 13:02:10 -0600
The Advancement Committee Policies and Procedures (#33088B, 1999), pg. 27, Alternate
Merit Badges for the Eagle Scout Rank would probably be the place to look for
guidance. This is a subsection "Boy Scout Advancement" under "Advancement for Youth
Members With Special Needs."
Item 1. of the ref. states that merit badges are earned only when completed as
required. It does not make provision for modifying a merit badge to accommodate a
Special Needs Scout. (But I wonder about the "fiftieth percentile" on this -- 50%
of what? If statistics are available to compare this youth's performance to that of
similarly situated youths, then I would think he can finish in the top 50%
_as_this_applies_to_him_ rather than to youths not having the same Special Needs.)
Other than that, the ref. goes over selecting alternate merit badges for those
required merit badges the Special Needs Scout cannot complete. The physical or
mental disability must be permanent, and must be borne out by clear, concise medical
documentation or educational administrator's evaluation. Alternate merit badges
must be as challenging for the Special Needs Scout as the required merit badges are
for Scouts without Special Needs. The candidate must earn as many of the required
merit badges as possible (In other words, only seek to substitute where
necessary.). Complete the Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges
before "qualifying for alternate merit badges." Physician approval required, where
alternate merit badges involve physical activity. Unit leader and BoR must explain
that to attain Eagle, the candidate is expected to do his best develop himself to
the limit of his resources. Application must be approved by the council
(advancement) committee "utilizing the expertise of professional persons involved in
Scouting for people with special needs." Eagle Application must be accompanied by
the Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Award Merit Badges application.
"Musto, Neal (NIDDK)" wrote:
> 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
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