Re: God and things...?
Kipp Davis (paintre@U.WASHINGTON.EDU)
Tue, 14 Dec 1993 07:21:44 -0800
During sign-up at the start of the school year, a parent came up to me
and said that they were really interested in the scouting program, but
that they didn't go to church, so didn't know how they could fit in... My
reply was that BSA doesn't prescribe a particular religion, and that, in
my view, the intention was to have a basis for making sound moral
decisions. Whether a particular family called it God, or the Center of
the Universe, or the Greater Good of Mankind doesn't matter as much as
giving some thought as to *what* you DO believe in, and putting it into
practice. This family is one of the most involved in my den, their son is
accomplishing his achievements quickly and he is having a great time!
The boy must be practicing religion as taught in his home, because that
was one of the first ones they signed off in his book.
When I was a Cub Scout (several decades ago), I didn't make it through
the Lion badge (I told you it was long ago) because my family didn't
attend church. It was a big disappointment in my life that I didn't
continue on with Scouting. I just told my mother a few weeks ago that this
was the reason I quit Cub Scouts, and she said if she had known at the
time, we would have found a church that would have been appropriate for
I'm not going to tell anyone that the religious aspect of Scouting is not
important, I think it is... but I think that families have the right to
define what that means to them...
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