Religious Requirement (was: Boards of Review)
James H. McCullars (mccullarsj@EMAIL.UAH.EDU)
Wed, 7 Dec 1994 09:32:14 -0600
Ian Ford writes:
-->However, I know of situations where the " Duty to God " issue can be a bit
-->fraught. One young man going for his Life board was not particularly
-->religious - he accepted some sort of higher spiritual power and had firm
-->ethical principles, but did not adhere to any organised religion. On the
-->board was a member who was very active in his particular denomination , and
-->gave this lad, then aged 17 , a very hard time, virtually saying that he
-->needed to belong to a religious body in order to earn the rank. Fortunately
-->there was a strong Chairman who made sure that fairness prevailed. It was
-->an unsatisfactory experience for both parties.
That is an unfortunate situation indeed. It does, however, bring to
mind something on the Eagle application that I'm wondering how other
individuals handle. That is, when a boy does not attend (or even belong to
a) church, who does he get to sign the part of the Eagle application that
is supposed to be signed by the boy's religious leader?
I haven't really had to deal with that since the last Eagle from our
troop, and the Life Scouts approaching Eagle are regular church attendees
anyway. But if they aren't, who signs?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City