David D. Miller (DDM@DHDIBM1.BITNET)
Mon, 27 May 1991 17:51:50 CST
On my honour, I promise ... to do my duty to God ...
(from the British Scout Promise)
A Scout is Reverent
(Boy Scouts of America - 12th Scout Law)
It is one of the key points of Scouting and Guiding worldwide that the
members have a religion. It doesn't matter what that religion is,
provided there is one. If a boy or girl can look up and give thanks to
God, Allah, Buddha, 'my Dharma' or whatever, that's OK.
If there is no god of any sort in a person's life, they cannot become a
Scout in many parts of the world.
An Atheist has no religion. It's not that it's a different
religion - it's not a religion at all. Atheists don't take part in
any form of worship. They don't have a God. They can't be Scouts.
I have encountered several atheists through Scouting. Most were parents
of Scouts and were happy to allow their children to have a religion.
One would have made an excellent Cub Leader, but would not
take an oath with the word God in it. He served for several years as a
non-uniform helper, and often ran the meetings, but could not become
a Scout and could not become a Cub Scout leader.
David D. Miller
P.S. Welcome to the list! Your English is certainly good enough for
here. Just remember that the people in the United States who are
reading don't speak real English anyway. They can't even spell
aeroplane or colour properly! :-)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City