Re: Cub Scout Religious Requirement
James Hermann (jhermann@AIS.NET)
Thu, 10 Nov 1994 19:41:53 -0600
On Thu, 10 Nov 1994, Garbutt, Keith wrote:
> Just a caution, it is important not to stress this supreme being
> stuff too much. It is perfectly acceptable for a Buddhist to be a member
> of the BSA (there is a religious award available) but in
> general Buddhists do not belive in a supreme being.
I have often wondered how Buddhist Scouts reconcile their beliefs
with the Scout Oath. Can you give use some insight into Buddhist
I suspect that the Buddhist Religious award does not deal with
the concept of God. I know that the UU Religious Award does not.
I found out recently that the BSA can sometimes approve different
words for the word "God". At least, a Scout Master told me that
the BSA had approved his Native Amercian Troop to use the word
"Spirit" for "God" in the Scout Oath. Are the Buddhist Scouts
allowed to substitute some other word for "God" or use a different
concept of God than "the ruling and leading power in the universe"?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City