Re: Boy Scout GOD ruling
Bjarne Steensgaard (rusa@DIKU.DK)
Mon, 11 May 1992 17:15:44 +0200
> I would have to assume by your communication that you are not aware
> that Lord Baden-Powell (the founder of the entire scout movement world
> wide) made it VERY clear that the boys of each country were to join scouts
> with the country, God, and self as the basis of its foundation.
If you really insist on this, then I recall that there was something
about the king too :-). As Buddhists have no god, your phrase would
also exclude them.
Lets drop this talk about BP's choice of words and talk scouting today.
> Denmark may have drifted away from the ideals of scouting, but most areas
> in the world have not.
I am sad to hear that Kathie thinks this way. My impression from
contacts with scouts around the world doesn't give any support to that
opinion at all. There are religious scout movements in Denmark, but
they don't try to press religion upon us. We accept that they like
scouting in a religious environment while they accept that we prefer
scouting to be unrelated to any church. We do sometimes have
religious ceremonies in our work but the organization is in principle
not related to any religious movement. There is a part of our Scout
Law that states that a scout should find his own belief and respect
others'. If you think this is drifting away from the ideals of
scouting, then you are welcome to your opinion. You just have to
accept that many other scouts (also in other parts of the world) don't
agree with you.
Yours in Scouting,
Pack Leader, Honey Lake Valley Pack, Peter Lassen Group, Denmark
Troop Leader, The Pirates, Peter Lassen Group. (both co-ed)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City