religion and bugs
Mon, 27 May 1991 10:24:00 CDT
First off, I would like to suggest Muskol for the bug problem.
Muskol comes in a little tiny green squeeze bottle, but its power
makes up for its size. It is very strong, without the smell of normal
bug repellant. I have used it for years in Montana (where the misquitos
carry off unattended children ;-) ), and have had very good results
Another thing that works is taking vitamin B1. Take 500 or so mg of
B1 every day for a couple of weeks before you go, then take the same
amount during your camping. The large quanities of B1 in your system
is sweated out, and as it turns out bugs do not like B1 very much.
I know this sounds weird, but it works well also. I told my Mom she
was exceptionally weird when she first told me to do this, but it really
does work (as it turns out, she is exceptionally weird anyway!)
On a more serious note.
My conception of the BSA's policy on religion (which comes from BP's
ideas on religion) is that:
1. Religion is a very important part of a young persons life.
2. Religion provides a moral framework for a young person.
3. This moral framework guides the person throughout their lives,
not just in scouts, but in everything that person will do.
4. Because of this, religion should be and is an important part
of the Scouting tradition.
5. What religion we are discussing is not important.
I know that BSA does not have these five parts written down just like this,
rather this is a way for me to easily state these ideas. BP believed (correct
me if I am wrong) that having a belief in God is one of the most important
beliefs that a person can have, and by recognizing this belief it becomes
the most important guiding forces in a young persons life.
This is why the Scouts places a strong emphasis on a belief in God.
As a Scouter who has totally rejected the principles of Christianity for
myself, and who is having very deep philisophical problems with any
organized religion, but still strongly believes that there is a higher
being; I can appreciate BP's ideas on religion and the importance
he placed on the need for a higher being. An Atheist has denied this
importance, and therefore denied a strong part of Scouts.
I feel that it is an important thing to remember that an Atheist is
still a person. Just because someone does not believe in God, it does
not make them less than anyone else. It does mean that they have no
place in an organization whose whole philosophy relies on a belief in
God as a central core.
I would not join Awana (from my understanding a Christian form of Scouts)
because I would not believe in their underlying principles. An Atheist
should not join Scouts, because he does not believe in Scouts underlying
principles as well.
Sorry for the long and opinionated posting, but this is a subject
where feelings are present.
-Glenn Waddell Jr.
Asst. Scoutmaster Troop 226
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