BSA: Cub Scout Religious Requirement
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAP.GWU.EDU)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 02:41:30 -0500
On Wed, 9 Nov 1994, Michael D. Grier wrote:
> Cub scout ranks have a religious requirement... how do others handle the
> situation when the family doesn't practice a religion?
The Boy Scouts of America does not require membership in a particular
religion as a condition of membership, only an acknowledgement in the Cub
Scout Promise of a "Duty to God." The Cub Scout requirements for Wolf and
Bear are not intended to deviate from this policy.
These requirements like all Wolf and Bear requirements are signed off by
parents, who are the ones who with their Scout determine his religious
education. In Wolf, requirement 11 can be met by discussing with his
parents his ideas of what duty to God means, how he can show it and by
participating in family concepts of belief, whatever they may be.
Similarly, for Bear only one of the first two requirements (both
concerning Duty to God) must be completed. The first one can be accomplished
by practicing religion as taught in the home. Both allow a lot of leeway
to the parents.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F Bowman
Used to be a Beaver, National Capital Area Council, B.S.A.
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