Re: It's a religious thing.
Thu, 12 Dec 1991 11:13:13 MET
A lot has been said in the last days. I would like to add the
things we do this in Holland. Please note this is in my subjective
poin of view.
A group can decide what type of group they will be.
A boys group, a girls group, a mixed group. Cubs or no cubs, scouts
or no scouts, etc. Which belief specificly, or an open group, or no
Belief at all. SeaScouts or not.
These are no official separate types which one has to fill in any
form of document.
In my town there were two groups. One SeaScout group, and a
Land-Scout group. Twenty years ago they joined. One of the groups
was Roman-Catholic. Now the group is an open group, which allows
children from any religion background to join.
I know of groups in adjacent towns which are specificly religional.
Even sponsored by their local church.
What counts fo me are the children.
I as a menber of the leaders want to give them a good time,
a happy time, something to do in the weekend and something to look
forward for next week. We as the leaders give them chances to achieve
For this we use the ideas of Scouting. We use some of the
ceremonies. But we see the children as individuals with their own
habits and the do have their good and bad sides.
PS. I do not intend to be arrogant, or to change people. I just
stated my opinion and should not be interpreted anyway else.
Guido M. Witmond
Student Computer and Information Science The Hague The Netherlands
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City