scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Re: Memories of Swimtests gone by
Neil Lupton (NeilLup@AOL.COM
Fri Feb 04 2000 - 13:44:42 CST
Let me add memory 4
It wasn't at Scout camp, but at Camp Calvert in Maryland on the Chesapeake
Bay, there was a half mile swim and a mile swim. The half mile was from the
dock to a buoy or vice versa and the mile swim was dock to buoy and back.
There were ALWAYS sea nettles (stinging jellyfish). Part of the day they
were in by the dock and the other part, they were out by the buoy. So the
debate for the half mile swim was when during your swim you wanted to get
stung. Was it in the beginning and then put up with it while you swim or
at the end when you were tired. For the mile swim, the debate was whether
you wanted to get stung at the beginning and end of your swim or for twice as
long in the middle.
Depending on what you chose, you could select when during the day you would
do your swim and whether you would do dock to buoy or buoy to dock.
But you KNEW you would get stung a lot. No question about it. And as a
result, I suspect that fewer than 10% of the boys who could have done the
mile or half mile swim actually did it.