scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: RRe: Personal Fitness MB
Fri Nov 26 1999 - 09:21:22 CST
Bates Noble wrote (in part):
> One question for the list: One senior Scout (who is already an Eagle) would
> like to work on the badge but has been told by his orthopaedist that he
> shouldn't run because he has Osgood-Schlatter disease (inflammation at the
> attachment of the patellar tendon to the shin bone) Suggestions for
> alternatives? Requirement says "Run/walk" Should we have him walk? Even
> that may aggravate the inflammation if he pushes it. Doctor's note?
> Thanks, esteemed Listers.
>SHOULD WE HAVE HIM WALK?
Is this Scout still participating in "Normal" Scout activities such as
hiking? IF SO, WHY IS CONCERN SUDDENLY EXPRESSED?
1. From this question one has to assume that the Eagle Scout, in
question, does not have Personal Fitness MB and is hoping to earn it
towards a palm;
2. It is BSA policy that MB requirements cannot be modified (or even
exchanged for a requirement of "equal" challenge as is done with
3. It is SOP that the MB counselor has the final say as to whether a
Scout has met an individual requirement; and,
4. It is a Scouter's duty to protect the Health and Safety of the youth
Putting that all together I would say that if the Scout wishes to
participate and achieve the PFMB, then:
A. The Scouter/Counselor must be fully aware of the Scouts medical
B. The Scout's doctor (and parents) should be informed of the Scouts
intentions and circumscribe the limits of participation;
C. If Walking is allowable, then the Scout should be given specific
instructions (not to be macho) to inform the Scouter/Counselor AS SOON
AS ANY difficulties are experienced; and,
D. If any difficulties are experienced, then the Scouter/Councelor can
determine that the Scout has fulfilled the specific requirement to the
best of his ability.