Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Mile swim or not?
Re: Mile swim or not?
John A. Severino
Wed, 23 Jun 1999 21:44:35 -0400
He is not a Mile Swimmer.
Furthermore, he is not a Scout. He has clearly broken the Scout Law.
You have correctly surmised that there is a deeper issue of integrity here and I agree with your intent to approach him cheerfully and give him the opportunity to discern his non-qualfication. Once you break the first barrier, keep probing and eventually guide him to address all of his shortcomings. It will take time. Keep plugging.
To be totally fair, I would offer him the immediate chance to swim it again at his convenience. That will take the air of his arguments, if any.
That's the short answer, but you will be the adult at this turning point in his life he can look back upon with fondness. The day he does earn the Mile Swim Award (not just a patch) and higher honors he will know he did his best.
Baltimore Area Council
1/2 Mile, or so, Swimmer
ted@SH-GPL.TI.COM on 06/23/99 06:41:05 PM
Please respond to ted@SH-GPL.TI.COM@Internet
Subject: Mile swim or not?
During summer camp at Camp Cherokee they conduct a mile swim.
It is done in a pool and is, to say the least, not controlled
We had some boys from our troop enter the swim and all received
credit for finishing it. However, one Scout did not even come close
to swimming a mile as it was intended. He would walk the shallow
end, hang on to the wall at the deep end until he caught his breath
then struggle on back to the shallow end.
This is a scout that likes the Macho image but does not want to
work for it. During pants flotation day he spent his time
hanging onto the wall. During any kind of troop chore he finds a
way to kill time doing nothing until the troop has done the work.
I would like to start trying to correcting some of this action.
Here is my first thought. I want to ASK him not to accept the
mile swim patch based on Scout honor. This gives him a chance
to show some character.
What do you think of this approach. Should I just drop it and
award the patch along with the others (who worked their tails off)?
Should I be more aggressive and not even allow him the option
(can I even do that?)