Re: LDS troop merges
Russell L. Ray (rray@POCI.AMIS.COM)
Tue, 27 Sep 1994 07:27:02 MDT
>It can work, but it's not a simple matter of religious tolerance.
I can state that it does work and doesn't cause a big disturbance. We have
had three scouts in our troop for the last 4 years that are not LDS. When
they wanted to join, we sat down with them and explained what we do that
other troops may or may not (ie. hold opening/closing prayers, prayers on
campouts, grace before meals, and everyone having a chance). When they agreed
to how the troop was run, they joined in. At first there was some times
that we would have to explain what we were doing, but they soon they would
remind us if we forgot.
This year, two of them will receive their eagles. The one has earned it and
is waiting on the other for the court of honor. Both of these boys have
matured into fine young men (not that it matters but they are both 17). I
am proud to have been infuenced by them and for the things we have had to
look at differently for them. Each of them have sayed their share of prayers.
We never dictated to them how it should be done but let them pray as they
Now that they are about to leave our troop, we will miss them. It has been
a learning experience for everyone involved.
Russell L. Ray
SM, T331 Pocatello, ID
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City