Re: Scout Chaplain
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Wed, 28 Dec 1994 03:19:33 EST
>The Scout Chaplain idea, like the BSA trying to change their name to
>Scouting/USA, did not work. Kids want to be Boy Scouts, not Scouts.
>Likewise, kids are not looking to become preachers; they just want to
>be able to explain to other kids the importance of religion.
>I guess instead of trying to become more "hipper", perhaps we need to
>just let some things stay "old". Maybe we need to give the entire world
>whistles and teach them how to listen to each other.
I enjoyed your post.. but I think I have to reply to the bottom part
there. We can't be Boy Scouts anymore here in Canada, because more
and more troops are going co-ed. :)
And our association is now Scouts Canada, not Boy Scouts of Canada,
anymore. I think they even got the Act of Parliament changed to reflect
Some things should stay "old", but other things have to change because
of related changes. I wouldn't like to be known as a Girl Scout, and
I don't think most girls want to be known as Boy Scouts.
As far as I know, we don't have any sort of similar position over here.
Scouts Canada does have a Religion in Life programme for sections
starting with the Cubs, and it's run by the participating religions.
And groups are supposed to have an adult spiritual advisor.
I don't think I've ever referred to myself, or others, as Boy Scouts.
I guess it's simply not done much by people I know actually involved
in Scouting around here today.
pat - a former -Scout-, now a Venturer
haven't posted here for a while
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