Re: Rangers explained
Gino Lucrezi (lucrezi@DSIAQ1.ING.UNIVAQ.IT)
Sat, 24 Jul 1993 02:10:59 +0100
> Don't get me wrong -- there's nothing wrong with your having a religious
> agenda. No offense meant, I hope none taken. I was just trying to point
> out one of the basic differences I found between your organization and
> BSA. We do have a spiritual agenda in that the boys are required to do
> their duty to God and their country [in that order], and the BSA does not
> welcome acknowledged athiests, but we are completely nonsectarian. Your
> outfit is openly and proudly Christian. A difference that made me curious
> about your organization, which I had never heard of before.
There is nothing odd with that.
Actually, in most European countries there is more than one Scout (or
Guide) association recognized by WOSM (or WAGGGS), where usually one
is aconfessional (though requiring the boys to follow their religion)
and other for specific confessions or ethnic groups.
E.g. here in Italy there is AGESCI (catholic) and CNGEI (aconfessional).
In France they have EEDF (aconfessional), FEEUF (protestant), EEIF
(jews), Scouts de France (Catholic, males only, co-ed in Rover age),
Guides de France (Catholic, females only, co-ed in Rover age),
Association des Scouts Armeniens (for armenians in exile).
This allows boys of all religions to be Scouts or Guides, but gives
each major confession the chance to have a tailor-made scouting program.
Scouting can't be separated from spirituality, whichever form this
spirituality is going to assume, and having a troop of boys of the
same religion allows you to better help the boy grow in this
fundamental side of his life.
Gino Lucrezi @ Universita` "V. Rivera" - L'Aquila - Italy
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