scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: RRe: Personal Fitness MB
Joseph Alessi (JosephAlessi@COMPUSERVE.COM
Sun Nov 28 1999 - 22:10:10 CST
Jay Thal wrote:
> 2. It is BSA policy that MB requirements cannot be modified (or even
> exchanged for a requirement of "equal" challenge as is done with
> alternative MBs);
> 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
> they serve.
> 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.
I have to disagree with this position.
As Jay points out, *NO ONE* is allowed to modify merit badge requirements in
any way. If a scout cannot complete a required merit badge for a physical
reason, there are specific steps which must be followed. In summary, a
youth must complete all of the other rank requirements, and all of the
requirements that he can for the required badge. He then can request a
"waiver", where the council advancement committee will assign another badge
that he can complete but which will provide as close as possible the same
challenge as the original badge to the average scout. He is never awarded
the badge being waived, however.
Since this scout does not need this badge for rank advancement, there is no
provision for a waiver.
Now I agree that the requirement says "run/walk", and the scout is supposed
to "show improvement" over the period while taking part in a program of
physical fitness. I don't see any way that this can safely be done in this
case. I would counsel the scout to simply select some other badge to work
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