Re: LDS at Summer Camp on Sunday
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Wed, 27 Jul 1994 01:16:10 -0600
> > However, I'd like to raise a question on the same issue. I'm a scouter with
> > two troops, one is an LDS troop and the other is sponsored by another
> > organization (US Coast Guard). LDS Church policy precludes their scout
> > units from traveling or camping, etc., on Sunday in order to keep the
> > Sabbath Holy. I have worked this issue out with our summer camp staff to
> > allow the boys to come up on Saturday, set up their camp site, take the
> > medical screening, and swim test and drop their MB Cards off with the
> > program director. The boys will then return home and return to camp early
> > Monday morning. I have no idea how the program director plans to handle the
> > MB sign-ups for my unit. How have other units worked around the Sunday
> > issue?
Rex Goode's response is typical of LDS troops worldwide. The LDS Church
does not have a "black and white" policy that restricts LDS troops from
attending long-term camps. The GUIDANCE is that travel to or from the
camp SHOULD be avoided, and activities on Sunday should be in keeping with
LDS understanding of the intent of the Sabbath--to reflect on Christ,
family, Gospel teachings, service to others.
It actually seems inordinate for a LDS troop to arrive on Saturday,
complete check-in, et al, return home that evening and come back Monday.
When I was on staff at Lost Valley Scout Reservation in the Anza-Borrego
desert, most of the LDS troops arranged to attend camp concurrently. All
the Saturday activities were taken care of timely. The camp went into
"slow motion" on Sundays anyway, so not having any major activities
planned was nothing new. Since there were over 200 LDS scouts in camp, a
regional representative was in attendance at the sacrament meeting to
address the boys. There were members of at least five bishoprics present,
also. I've camped in three other councils, all of which were quite
willing to make seemingly minor modifications to their programs in order
to accomodate the LDS troops.
Ryan Keil, BEAR-ly Scoutin'
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City