scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: swimming test ?
Bruce E. Cobern (bec@PIPELINE.COM
Wed Feb 02 2000 - 22:49:08 CST
> The 1st Class swimming test is a one time test for rank advancement. If
> he did it once, he passed the requirement. That does not mean the
> Scout can swim in a different type of water, at a different
> altitude, or at a different water temperature.
But my question is whether the SM authorized this instructor (who happened
to be a merit badge counselor) to sign off on the requirement. That is the
SM's prerogative. I insist, any time there is any sort of district event
that "tests" requirements up to First Class, that all we do is provide the
SM a list of the requirements WE believe the Scout has passed. The SM has
the choice of accepting our judgment and signing off the book or testing
the Scout again. I see the same situation here. Unless the instructor was
specifically told to "pass" the Scout, all he should have done was tell the
SM that he believes the Scout completed the requirement. If the SM then
wanted to see it himself and the Scout can't swim, then the requirement has
not been met. Again, we don't have enough facts.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY