The BSA says that “ties go to the runner” (a fellow Scouter named Walter Underwood corrected me and said “It isn’t “ties go the runner”, it is “Scouts do not pay for adult mistakes”. But we don’t just let it go. Our responsibility is to make up for our mistakes.”) He’s right. Mike Walton says that the Scoutmaster parent of this Life Scout has placed his son in danger — possibly killing him on that day due to his “signing off” his child, who cannot swim, on the Second and First Class swimming requirements.
He needs to take his son to a swimming pool and either teach him or have someone else (that Eagle Scout friend of his who really saved his life!) to teach him how to swim more than just “treading water.”
As far as the fact that his Scoutmaster (his dad) “passed him off” on the requirements for Second and First Class, neither the local Council nor the BSA can “remove his rank” until he does pass the swimming requirement. As I stated several times here and elsewhere, the BSA has a rule which I call “ties go to the runner”. Here is what the Guide to Advancement states about stupidity like this:
“Once a Scout has been tested and signed off by someone approved to do so, the requirement has been met. The unit leader is accountable for ensuring proper advancement procedures are followed. A part of this responsibility includes the careful selection and training of those who approve advancement. If a unit leader believes a boy has not learned the subject matter for a requirement, he or she should see that opportunities are made available for the Scout to practice or teach the requirement, so in this way he may complete his learning and further develop his skills”
So, we may be hearing about this kid…drowning somewhere because he “thought” that he knew how to swim…in reality, his advancement was pencil-whipped by his Scoutmaster Dad.