John Pannell (PANNELLJ@DELPHI.COM)
Sun, 12 Jun 1994 23:03:34 -0400
>Another of the boys has just about to turn 9. Due to the structure [
>and, at the same time, lack of structure ] in this pack, the boys will be
>staying in the same den and my wife will be doing Wolves [ or is it
>technically Wolfs? ] and Bears side by side. This boy, and his family,
>receive frequent invitations to attend church meetings [ LDS ] and to
>participate in church activities. They have yet to do either. My wife is
>currently trying to figure out how to help this boy meet his religious
>participation requirements. [ I'm not in Cubbing so I don't even know
>what's involved. ]
Tread very carefully here. He is only required to be true to his religious
principles. Scouting is NOT the place to try a boy and his family to a
particular religion. If they choose not to attend the functions of the
sponsoring church that is their own business. Personally, after an invite
or two and no positive response, I would think this would be good reason to
leave them be; they are not interested in your church.
In Boy Scouts there is no specific religious participation requirement along
the lines of attending so many services, etc... I don't know if the same
situation exists in the Cub Scouts. If this is true, there really is little
that anyone can do to help the boy meet the religious participation
requirement. If there _is_ a specific requirement, it should be quite
suitable for the boy to meet it at a church other than the sponsoring
organization. Does anyone know what faith the child and his family claims?
Has anyone asked?
Sorry if I come across a bit brusque, but I see many in Scouting trying to
convert children to the faith of their sponsoring organization and events
tied to a particular religion. This is a bit of a sore spot with me.
Proseltyzing is not the purpose of Scouting.
John E. Pannell
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City