Re: "Policy changes" by LDS Units (Long)
Rodger Morris (rlm@SUNED1.NSWSES.NAVY.MIL)
Fri, 16 Sep 1994 13:17:51 PDT
>Not to belabor the point, but I do feel that it is important to remember
>that yes.. the LDS church does do some things differently, but that
>in the context of some of the things I have seen in other groups is not
>so intrusive that it ruins the program.
... Much text omitted ...
>Just wanted to add again that we want to include instead of exclude those
>people that make up our districts and councils. Am sure that if we go
>that extra mile to understand and accept those units that are different
>than our OWN that we can learn alot and gain new friends!
>Gina Gestautas, Unit Commissioner and District Trainer
It wasn't germane to my posting, so I did not mention that:
1) All of our district and council events accomodate the LDS strictures on
traveling on Sunday, by design.
2) We have what amounts to an LDS week at our summer camp. Some LDS Troops
choose to camp during that week. Others camp during the other sessions.
3) LDS Scouters are not discriminated against in our District. Indeed,
this year both our District Chairman and our District Commissioner are
4) LDS leaders participate fully in district and council training events.
5) Non LDS Scouts participate fully in the annual LDS Merit Badge Midway,
by longstanding invitation.
6) Non-LDS Scouters instruct some of the "Little Philmont" training units
in the LDS training syllabus. Example: I shall be sharing my knowledge of
good places to take Scouts camping from 10:30-11:00a.m. on Saturday, 24 SEP
94 at the Ventura County Council "Little Philmont".
As a reminder to all reading this, I specifically stated in my original
posting in re this thread that I was not "flaming" LDS Scouting. I also
specifically stated that the observations I made might be applicable only to
LDS Scouting in my local area. Finally, I stated that the aims of Scouting
were being well met by the LDS Scouting/YMMIA combination program.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City