scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: swimming test ?
Gary A. Musselman (Gaalmus@AOL.COM
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 06:50:56 CST
You know what bothers me about this "swim test'" thing? Sure, all of us
imbued with the spirit of fairness and who do not want to trample on the
rights and self esteem of the Scout, let alone run afoul of the "if A says he
passed, it MUST ever be so" rule, want to pass over the concerns of the unit
leader who believes that the Scout got a free pass on the requirement.
However, absent a defined standard of performance to pass a requirement or
set of requirements, one is left with a blurry picture of what any given
Scout really can do.
So, when I lead a group on an outing and, say, swimming is an activity and,
say, all of the Scouts were classified as "Swimmers" at camp or are First
Class and/or have Swimming MB, I can [check one] either (A) assume everyone
can swim and, maybe, have a rude awakening during the activity, or (B)
question everyone as to the type of water they tested in, the time of day,
the altitude, etc. (and then probably retest some or all).
I began Scouting in the old Cub program years ago. I hated knowing that some
Cubs in my pack advanced because parents (who "signed off" requirements then)
winked at really making the Cub learn and earn. I still cannot abide the
free ride, especially when the skill in question goes to personal survival or
the overall welfare of the group.