Re: LDS at Summer Camp on Sunday
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Thu, 28 Jul 1994 12:41:42 CST
RYAN KEIL <RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU> writes:
>> > However, I'd like to raise a question on the same issue. I'm a scouter wit
>> > 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 th
>> > 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.
This is pretty much what goes on in most local Councils, Ryan. The
intent is NOT to create a "special week" just for LDS units, but
rather to cut down on the moving back and forth and to create a better
atmosphere for Scout camping. For this reason, many local Councils
offer the last or next to last full week of camp as a "special period"
for LDS units and those units that need more "handholding" such as
physical or mentally challenged units and those units from
intercity/rural areas with limited adult leadership.
"Family Day", usually on Wednesdays of each week move to Sunday during
final week or two of camp; this allows parents to come visit the
campsite immediately after the Scouts arrive and also to see what goes
on in the "typical" camp setting. Most intercity/rural families
cannot leave work early to make it to a campfire program in the middle
of the week, anyways.
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