Scout spiritual ruling, worldwide (was: God and Scouting)
Danny Schwendener (macman@BERNINA.ETHZ.CH)
Tue, 12 May 1992 12:06:36 +0200
>Denmark may have drifted away from the ideals of scouting, but most areas
>in the world have not.
I was going to roast you to smoking bits for this. But then, I thought better
and plunged into my documentation and memories.
If you travel around the world and visit some of the different civilizations,
you will notice that the natural, social, cultural and spiritual environments
can change tremendously from one place to the other.
This has a strong impact on the local scouting movements. Every organization
has adapted the original guidelines to the needs and expectations of their
community, with the common goal of educating their members to be a good member
of their community. In this spirit, the "Mouvement Scout du Cameroun"
emphasizes its program on agricultural technology and correct usage of
resources. During the war, the Vietnamese Scouts taught their members basic
survival skills, how to recognize booby traps, and how to service refugee
camps. The cub scout program from the "Pfadfinderbund Schweiz" focuses on kid
gang-like adventures in the forest, while the same program from the BSA is
focusing on the family as social entity.
To embrace all this multitude of localized scouting organizations, the World
Organization of the Scouting Movement (WOSM), which is the head organization
for the Boy Scout movement worldwide, had to generalize Baden-Powell's
original ideas. On the spiritual dimension of scouting, they replaced the
original "reverence to god" to a more universal "commitment to search for the
spiritual meaning of life, beyond the material realities".
I think that this is a wonderful way of outlining the spirituality in
-- Danny Schwendener firstname.lastname@example.org
Wolfsmeute Nidau/Glockenhof, Zurich, Switzerland
m.h.c. Troop 14, San Francisco
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City