scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: swimming test ?
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blackeagle@POP3.SCOUTER.NET
Wed Feb 02 2000 - 21:15:16 CST
For some reason, Patty's posting didn't hit the list, and she's really
needing some help with resolving this; here's her question. I'll post a
followup with my own answers and suggestions later onward.
>From Patty Phillips:
We have a boy who is trying to make 1st class. After taking some swim
lessons this summer the MB counselor, who gave the lessons, signed in his
book (for 1st class) that he passed the BSA swimmers test. Two days later
he failed the test at Cuyuna Boy Scout camp - attended with his troop. The
Assistant Scoutmaster and leader at summer camp crossed off the signature
by the MB counselor, initialed it, and wrote "failed." He witnessed the
failed test and stands by his crossing off the signature saying the boy is
not safe in the water.
The boy can not swim. His mother says he swims fine in pools but not lakes.
Most swimming with this BS troop is in lakes, streams, etc.
I am the advancements chair. Trying to support the decision to counteract
the signature, for the safety of the boy and the responsibility of the
adults involved, I said that the BSA swimmers test must be administered by
a person whom BSA certified (like a camp staff person). The boy will need
to try again when there is a BSA certified person to administer the test.
Is this so?
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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