Re: Rumor Control
G E Hedrick (geh@A.CS.OKSTATE.EDU)
Tue, 14 Apr 1992 11:57:08 CDT
In large councils the units sponsored by the LDS church might not
participate in district and council activities with the other units,
but my experience has been different.
My 13 year old son is in a troop (822) sponsored by the LDS church.
We chose that troop for several reasons. I did not want him in
the same troop as his 12 year old brother. He has friends from
his [non-LDS parochial] school in the troop. It is a very strong
and a very active troop. The former scoutmaster and I lived in
the same "Buffalo Wallow" at Woodbadge. Finally, they seem
to be very understanding and willing to work with (around?)
Robert's ADHD problems.
The leaders of this troop take the same training courses as the
other adult leaders in the council. They participate in the
same Woodbadge courses as the rest of us except for Sunday
morning church services.
Representatives from this troop are some of the most reliable
This same church sponsors a Cub Scout pack. One of the adult
volunteers (the bishop's wife) from the pack is also our
district's Cub Scout training chairman. Other than not holding
training in her own church because of the proscription of
caffeine, there is no noticeable difference between her and
other training chairs. She is extremely dedicated and efficient
Some of the recent Eagles from troop 822 are gentiles (Is that the
proper word for a non-LDS member?)
A difference between the LDS sponsored troop I noticed as ADC,
but would not be noticeable to most people, is their preference
for having a unit commissioner who is a member of their church.
Troop 822 had been without a unit commissioner for 4 1/2 months
in spite of pleadings from me and from the DC. After I (a gentile!)
assumed the duties of unit commissioner for the troop,
it took less than one month for the Bishop to find someone.
The following are differences that are apparent to us "outsiders."
Joining and changing from group to group are based on age rather
than year in school. Blazer scouts consist of boys from 11 to 12
and correspond roughly to the "new boy patrol" in other troops.
Blazers have somewhat limited camping experiences since
the church still considers them children. (They become eligible
for the diaconate at age 12.) The troop does not do any
activities on Sundays unless they are district/council activities.
G. E. Hedrick
Parent of two scouts Commissioner for four (soon 3) units
Assistant District Commissioner, Pawnee Bill District, Will Rogers Council
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