scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Swimming Test
Jim Peterson (kupete@KUHUB.CC.UKANS.EDU
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 21:18:57 CST
Please read the original post again. The scout was NOT in a merit badge
class...he was in, I believe, a "beginner's swim class". He, after many
tries, managed to pass in ONE of the tests....the young man who was on pool
staff passed him on the test and signed his First Class swimming
requirement. If you folks have been observant at the summer camp pool for
long periods of time, you will know that this is possible. The pool staff
is often overworked and they see hundreds of scouts every day. Repeated
whining can often take it's toll.
The adult leader (an ASM, I believe) subsequently, noted that the scout
ABSOLUTELY COULD NOT SWIM!!!!! Now we can all talk about water
temperature, fresh versus chlorinated water, lakes, streams, rivers, pools
or whatever circumstance our little minds can choose to invent till we're
blue in the face....but we all know, down deep in our gut, that a scout can
either swim or he can't!
Rather than affirm requirements he knew to be unmet, send the scout on to a
board of review, put him in a "swimmer" situation that might put his life
in jeopardy, the leader chose to nullify the signed-off requirement. I
would absolutely do the same!
The SM is responsible for insuring that the scout has MET ALL THE
REQUIREMENTS for the 1st Class BOR. And he is certainly responsible for
not putting that scout in an aquatic situation that he is not prepared for.
BLUE SKIES!, Any day above ground is a good day!
Jim Peterson (of the Kansas variety)
ADC, Pelathe District
Heart of America Council Eagle Class of 1963
ASM, T-55, Lawrence, Kansas Brotherhood, Tamegonit Lodge
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