scouts-l Mail Archive for April of 2000: Re: SCOUTS-L Digest - 18 Apr 2000 to 19 Apr 2000 (#2000-109)
The Gross Family (Gross144@GATEWAY.NET
Thu Apr 20 2000 - 19:00:42 CDT
>From: "Paul S. Wolf" <Paul.s.Wolf@ALUM.WPI.EDU>
>> Rebecca Graham wrote:
>> There is no longer any connection between the Fitness and Athlete
>> Activity badges.
>There wasn't much relationship between those pins in the old (pre 1998)
I respectfully disagree. There is a relationship between these activity
awards, at least for planning a den program, which was the issue I was
addressing. In my opinion, Fitness -> Athelete (while certainly not
required) is a reasonable and logical plan based on the relationship
between them in the requirements.
These activity awards are related by being in the same Activity Award
group (Physcial Skills). This has implications for den planning, since
the three Activity Awards for Webelos must come from different groups ("
5. Earn the Fitness activity badge and two other activity badges from
different activity badge groups."). In fact, there are only 2 "free
group" activity awards in the 8 required for AOL. If a den program
planned for all 4 Physical Skills group activity awards, one of the
awards would not count in the 8 (e.g., if you earn Fitness - required-,
and Athelete, Aquanaut, Sportsman, one of them does not count for AOL.
It will count for the Compass Badge & Points).
These activity awards are also logically related by Athelete's
Requirement 1 which is, "1. Explain what it means to be physically
healthy". The Fitness Activity Award is clearly a reasonable way advance
a Webelos understanding of what it means to be physically healthy.
I do agree with Rebecca that the old requirements related the Awards
even more closely, because the old Fitness required choosing and
performing 6 exercises, which could have been the same as Athelete.
In my opinion, this all means that a logical plan for presenting these
activity awards would have Fitness proceed Athelete. Of course, some
dens will not do it that way for any number of reasons, which is just
fine. What would not be fine would be for a den to plan to do Athelete
without an awareness of the implications for advancement.
David Gross (Greater Alabama Council, SA, CSRTC, Eagle/3, OA-B)