scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Swim Test
David M Lock (kikape@JUNO.COM
Thu Feb 03 2000 - 22:08:56 CST
The proposed question has several different elements. I re-read the
statement several times and keep questioning one part:
....................... MB counselor, who gave the lessons, signed in
book (for 1st class) that he passed the BSA swimmers test. Two days later
the boy failed the test at Boy Scout camp.........
>Maybe the MB Counselor should not have signed the book.
>Maybe the boy could have passed the test that same day in a pool.
>Maybe - - - - -
BUT, The Assistant Scoutmaster and leader at summer camp crossed off the
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
not safe in the water.
THE ASM ..... crossed off the signature ...... initialed it .......
There is nothing positive in this action. The great Master was not going
to reach out of the sky and give the Scout two Eagle Palms, 20/20 wasn't
going to do an expose on the BSA swimming fiasco. Where's the necessity
to make such an ordeal out of the issue for the boy on the first day of
camp. This is about a leaders ego or a lack of understanding about the
whole program and no sensitivity to the vunerability of young boys to
The boy will be fine, he'll grow taller and stronger and do just fine in
the water, He may do his Scouting somewhere else or not at all as a
result of the handling of the matter. The ASM should be sent back to
training or to some counseling .
David M Lock - email@example.com
Georgia-Carolina Council #93