Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Scout with fear of water & 1st Class Swimming
Scout with fear of water & 1st Class Swimming
Sun, 5 Sep 1999 14:00:02 -0500
"Houston we have a problem" and a Scout who has a very real fear of water.
Yesterday our SM who is also a BSA life guard had 3 of our scouts at a
local country club swimming pool. The club was kind enough to rope off a
section of the pool and provide another life guard to help out with the 1st
Class swimming requirement. One of the scouts has had a fear of water from
the beginning, his mother was even on had to help coach him (She is a former
Olympic swimmer, with 2 Silver medals even) so we thought we had all bases
So one by one each boy jumped in and proceed with the requirement.
Everything was going great until we came to our scout with the fear of
water, he had been in swimming lesions for the past 3 months and we thought
he was going to be fine, boy were we wrong! As he was taking off his pants
his foot got stuck in the leg, he then started to panic. The SM and Mom were
telling him to calm down from about 6 feet away, that really did not do much
for the situation. After about 15 seconds of his screaming the SM and Club
Life Guard started to move in to help him, well some how the Scout got the
open end of the pants around the life guards head and arm and then both
scout and life guard were in trouble. The SM and now the Mom acted very
quickly and untangled the scout and life guard and pulled both to the side.
Everyone was OK, the scout swallowed enough water to make him sick and the
life guard was cut across the chest by the zipper and needed about 7
Question: Do we keep on trying to make this scout pass this swimming
requirement or do we skip it because of the possible danger to his self and
others. Also this young man may never be able to pass the swimming MB.
Has any one on the list had this type of problem. Please post to all as
this may help many others and maybe national will rethink this requirement
for 1st class if they start the find out about the problems some are having.
Dist. Comish., ASM and a Dad