Board of Review Religious Question
Jerry M. Withers (jmwithers@BIX.COM)
Sat, 3 Dec 1994 15:43:09 -0500
Thanks for the many responses concerning my posting on religious issues in
Scouting. Some posts have already addressed the key issues concerning Boards
of Review. Just to clarify the intent of my proposed Troop BOR Guideline, I
must point out a few reasons for including religion.
1. Religion is an important part of Scouting that is embodied in both the
Scout Oath and Law.
2. Most Board of Review members have not been well-trained to perform that
3. Problems can easily arise, as several pointed out, from an overzealous
board member inaccurately applying their own beliefs as "Scouting"
Therefore, our Guidelines are intended to provide parameters for such a
discussion, should it arise. I hasten to add that we do not examine this
point of the Law or clause of the Oath with every Scout at every BOR. I would
hate for a Scout to be going up for an Eagle Board and hear this question for
the first time, so it usually will be asked at least once before. We don't
ask about "duty to country" at every review either.
Several people have written to me concerning the overall role of religion in
Scouting. I will try to summarize those responses in a future posting. I
would like to hear more from those who have questions about that role or who
feel we need more accomodation in the policies and/or program to cope with
specific problems. In cheerful service, Jerry M. Withers, ASM, Troop 49,
Austin, TX <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City