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  • #16
    I have been studying the alternate requirements, and trying to put them into user friendly language for the ASM's of my troop. Everything I have read has given vague advice on how to help a boy succeed with the requirements as stated- no more and no they do not have to make the request for an alternative. For instance, give him more time and permit use of special aids. The only specific idea I saw was that he can use a recorder to make a list. Can anyone give me some other specific helps, especially for the learning disabled?


    • #17
      We have a Scout with a seizure disorder whose doctor hit the roof when he found out he was swimming. He's not allowed to be in water without a special lifejacket.

      >>I have approved alternative requirements for 1st Class swimming where the 11 y.o. scout was psychologically incapable of submerging his head, due to a recognized medical syndrome. In this case, I approved a set of alteratives which involved hiking. Ultimately, this scout was able to overcome his disability and earn the Swimming MB straight up.


      • #18
        And with all the run-around we''ve gotten trying to "do the right thing" and go through the Council Advancement Committee for the BSA Swimmer Test requirement of First Class Scout, I wish we had taken it up ourselves at Troop level to go ahead and make the alternate. But, I digress.... it is what it is!