scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: swimming test ?
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 14:27:26 CST
I agree with those who said that, if the SM did not delegate the
authority to the MB counselor to sign off on the swimmer test, the
counselor's signature is invalid. Rank advancements are the SM's
responsibility. (MB advancement is the MB counselor's responsibility.
The SM cannot check off MB requirements, nor can he invalidate an MB
If the authority to sign off was delegated to the MB counselor, the
signature shouldn't be altered (although I wouldn't delegate to that
counselor again). *However*, there is no problem with the troop having
special requirements for certain activities. For instance, the troop
could have a rule that those who want to take part in a whitewater trip
have to pass a troop test. Although SMs cannot alter rank requirements,
they are free to set whatever guidelines they like for troop activities.
How about the Scout? The real problem here is not who signed off on
what, but a Scout who cannot swim. Could this young man be buddied with
a proficient swimmer to go swimming once a week at the local Y or other
available pool? (Check with nearby motels/hotels and universities, too.
Some let people swim for *very reasonable* prices - much cheaper than
the Y.) The older boy could help the younger boy learn how to swim
proficiently. It may be that what is needed is practice and
encouragement. Kids who are barely swimming can become proficient in
short order if they have regular access to a pool.
BTW, I don't buy the argument that a kid can swim only in a pool. Lakes
can be trickier than pools, but anyone who can swim in a pool should be
able to swim at least somewhat in a lake.