Marc Godbout/UB Networks (Marc_Godbout@UB.COM)
Tue, 2 May 1995 08:30:18 EDT
Craig gave out some good information, but I just wanted to clear up
a few things. Before I start, I am not LDS, but I am an ASM in an LDS
troop. My son transferred from into this one about a year ago.
> Also, due to religious
> beliefs, the troops do not campout on Saturday or Sunday nights --
> his can cause some difficulties for non-member boys who want to
> camp a full weekend of a camporee, or be at Summer camp for the
> opening Sunday night ceremony, for example.
Actually, we are not allowed to travel on Sunday. For summer camp,
we arrive on Saturday and Sunday is spent partly at Church (my son
and I had no problem going to a local Catholic Church) and the rest of
the day is either quiet reflection time or some religious program is set
up. The weekend camping is a bit of a disappointment, though. I would
really like to be able to spend more than one night out.
> I have not specifically asked, because it has never come up as an
> issue, but I believe that there is a restriction against non-Mormon
> unit leaders, and this may extend to assistants and committee
> members, although I would hope not. BSA permits any of our
> chartered organizations to set such limitations, but most do not.
Here is where my experiences are different. As I said, I am an ASM
and responsible for the troop equipment, along with the troop QM.
My wife is on the committee as the Troop Treasurer. But different
wards may run things differently, so make sure you bring up any
concerns. At least in my troop, everyone is very straightforward and
Also, most responses have mentioned the Blazers, the new-Scout
program. This was the main reason my younger son did not join the
troop. When he visited, he spent most of the time with the Blazers and
felt it was too much like Cub Scouts. One problem is that they only
camped enough to fulfill the First Class requirements. As a Webelos,
he had already developed a taste for camping and wanted to do as
much as possible. So now I have two troop meetings to go to a week :>(.
One other difference, coffee is a no-no for LDS members, so if you
want to camp out and absolutely need that morning jolt - you'd better
bring your own.
ASM Troops 412 and 98
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