Re: A Scout's Duty to God and Country
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Tue, 12 Jul 1994 02:07:57 -0400
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2. Most religious emblems programs are open to all Scouts (GS & BS), 4-H,
Campfire and some do not require membership in the particular faith to
enroll and complete a program. However, they do require attendance in
meetings, religious observances, etc. If there is a religion close to
that of the Scout and his parents, they may wish to talk with the
appropriate religious advisor about completing the program without
establishing membership in the organization. This is up to the religious
One thing to be careful about - its one thing to encourage, but another
thing to require. We want to let parents know that these programs exist
and certainly can help them get materials. Generally, I would advise
against getting materials for all Scouts in a unit unless the parents of
each Scout have asked.
Where can you see these materials to get a better understanding of them?
If you have a Scout Service Center nearby, you may want to look over a
shelf copy of one or more. Better yet, inquire at Council (and in some
larger District) as to who is on the religious relationships committee.
Generally these people can show you a copy from their own faith. In some
cases, materials are only available from the particular religion and you
can use the addresses listed on "A Scout Is Reverent" Religious Emblems
Quick Reference Chart No.5-206A to write. You can also call PRAY at
1-800-933-PRAY for many faiths' materials.
If you are having trouble on a specific set of materials, I may be able to
provide more help. Reply direct to
Michael F. Bowman, a/k/a Professor Beaver
DDC-EXP, GW, NCAC, Eagle, OA-VH, WB
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