Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Wed, 19 May 1993 18:43:31 +0000
I thought that maybe it could be intresting to see how different organizations
behave wrt accepting boys.
I am a member of AGESCI (Italian Catholic Scouts and Guides Association).
Being a Catholic association our program is based on B-P's four points
(Character development, Service, Physical Development, Manual Ability),
all of them seen in a Catholic perspective.
However, we don't usually bar any boy from joining. We make it clear that
we are a Catholic association, that our program is a catholic one (to boys
*and* parents), so if they have any objections they needn't apply (there is
another Scout association in Italy which is "pluriconfessional", anyway).
So, if a boy is intrested in Scouting our way, he is the welcome. Especially
among Rovers (16-21 years old) there are many boys and girls who have a
problem with their faith - at that age it often happens. But many of them
see Scouting as a way to solve their doubts, too. Now, if we were to accept
only practicing Catholics, we should dump those people just when they are
more in need of help.
About the Oath and Law.
A boy is required to know and try to live by them, but only from the time
he says his Oath, not before (it is the first step to any advancement,
however). He is expected to use his first months in Scouting (as a Cub, a
Scout or a Rover) to get acquainted with the program, the Oath and the Law.
Then he will decide wether he wants to really become a Scout and say his
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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