Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Inflated Pants, was First Class req 9b,c,d
Re: Inflated Pants, was First Class req 9b,c,d
Em & Tony Shipley
Sun, 27 Jun 1999 10:08:48 -0500
The skill of inflating one's own trousers as a PFD was a skill that I
had to learn at Girl's Camp through the Church I was attending. I have
never been a strong swimmer and this was a personal struggle for me. We
had to pass our lifesaving skills and all my friends just "zipped"
through this. I did fine with blowing up my shirt. It was those darn
pants... I struggled the entire time I was at camp with that skill.
Then, on the last day I did it. I can not describe the feeling of
accomplishment after doing that, in fact, I found that not only was I
able to accomplish that feet, but in the process of struggling to
achieve that goal, my over-all swimming improved. "Just for fun" our
instructor had me run through the other swimming skills one more time
even though I had already passed them (barely). In EVERY SKILL I had
improved a noticable amount. I found that with that skill, my
confidence in the water itself had improved. I came away from camp that
year with a real feeling af accomplishment and achievement. When I
attended college, they also wanted us to do those skills and I did not
have a panic attack like so many of the others in class did. I knew
that I had done it as a youth and that I could do it again, and I did.
Have I ever needed to use that skill in a swimming or boating or flood
situation? No. But I would never trade what I learned about myself and
the importance of not giving up on myself in any situation by going
through that challenge that summer and by overcoming the obstacle that
had stood in my way. Now THAT I have used quite often in my life and is
what "blowing up my pants" taught me, and THAT is something that I want
my own sons and daughters to learn.
Well, thank you for letting me give my two-cents worth. You are welcome
to take it or leave it as you wish.
Cubmaster Pack 51
Buffalo District, Three Rivers Council
Port Neches, TX