scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Swim Test
Cathy Porter (JCPorter@SICEMBEARS.COM
Fri Feb 04 2000 - 10:06:17 CST
David M Lock wrote:
> THE ASM ..... crossed off the signature ...... initialed it .......
> wrote "failed."
> There is nothing positive in this action.
In this whole discussion, this has bothered me the most. Whether or not
in the end the test sinks or swims (pardon me, couldn't resist <g>), I
don't think anyone should ever write "failed" in a Scouts book.
Yes, it _might_ challenge him to prove the ASM wrong and he could become
a better person for it yada yada yada. There is a much greater
likelihood that it won't do any of those things. The ASM probably
wouldn't even consider writing "failure" or "loser" or "liar" on the
page, but the impact of having "failed" written on your book is exactly
the same as using one of the other words.
I'm not a strong swimmer. I learned to swim when I was a Cub Scout.
(Okay, I learned to swim when my older son was a Cub Scout!) I can pass
the swimmer test *in the pool* at summer camp with just a little sweat.
I can't do it in a lake and I wouldn't even try it in a river. I know
that the reason I can't pass it in a lake is that I can't see clear
goals. No sides of the pool to get to and touch, no bottom of the pool
that anyone could see me on! I don't spend much time in a lake, except
in a boat. When our troop does lake or river activities, I stay on the
side or leave the supervision to someone else.
This young man may have thought that he could pass the test, gotten in
the lake and lost it. Depending on how introspective he is, he may not
even realize why. If this troop does most of their water activities on
lakes or rivers, he could eventually become comfortable in them, unless
the ASM has already convinced him he's a failure.
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