Scouts-L Mail Archive for May of 1999: Re: Personal fitness???
Re: Personal fitness???
Paul S. Wolf
Mon, 3 May 1999 15:32:39 -0400
"Musto, Neal (NIDDK)" wrote:
> 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
A Merit Badge counselor may require NOTHING MORE or LESS than the
requirements AS WRITTEN.
Explain to ALL of the Scouts that they have 4 options.
1) Earn the badge using the old requirements, which would mean meeting
the 50%ile requirement.
2) Earn the MB using the new requirements, which means no longer needing
to meet that requirement, but which require the 12 week training period
instead of the 4 week period.
3) If a Scout cannot meet either requirement, and has a physical
disability which would preclude earning the badge, he may apply for a
waiver of the entire badge and the substitution of a different badge,
under the provisions identified on page 15 of the 1999 Boy Scout
Requirements book, and on the web at:
This involves a special "Application for Alternate Eagle Scout Merit
Badges" (No. 58-730), which is available as a pdf file on line at:
4) Not earning the Eagle Scout award.
It's his choice which of these options to do (assuming he meets the
requirements for waiver in option no. 3).
Paul S. Wolf, PE mailto:Paul.S.Wolf@alum.wpi.edu
Traffic Engineer, Cuyahoga County Engineer's Office - Cleveland, Ohio
Past President, Great Lakes Region, Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs
Winding Rivers Dist. Advancement Comm., Greater Cleveland Council, BSA
Advancement Webmaster, US Scouting Service Project (www.usscouts.org)