Re: LDS Scouts????
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Thu, 4 May 1995 02:21:33 -0600
On Wed, 3 May 1995, Lynn Whited wrote:
> >Why is it that Boy Scouting is part of the LDS Young Men's organization
> >but Girl Scouting is not part of the Young Women's organization?
> Someone familiar with LDS can probably fill in the details better, but it
> has to do with the religion itself and the role women are expected to fill
> in the LDS church. LDS women are supposed to take care of home and hearth, and
> the GSUSA policy of teaching the girls to dream and reach for those dreams
> conflict with LDS beliefs.
Actually, the LDS Church is very much in favor of every person exploring
every opportunity for seeking excellence and fulfillment. The Church
doesn't teach that a woman's role is "to take care of home and
hearth...." The Church holds the family in paramount importance and
teaches that the parents, jointly, have the responsibility to secure a
healthy, loving home environment. The Church recognizes as central to
this that the mother plays the greatest role in directing the personal,
familial, social, et cetera development of young children.
Having said all that, I need to express the point of my response: The
LDS Church and GSUSA do not have a relationship like that between the
Church and BSA because GSUSA does not sufficiently address the issue of
role of the mother in ensuring the sacred nature of the family. That is
not to say that the Church is at odds with GSUSA, but that the Church
feels a need for a program that is more family-centric. The Church does
not proscribe a Ward/Branch or Stake/Mission from utilizing programs such
as GSUSA as a supplement to the Church's own Young Women's program.
[Likewise, local units can implement programs other than BSA for the
young men, but not in replacement of BSA, only as a supplement thereto.]
Don't know if that helps or not. I'm sure more can [and probably will
;-)] be said on this.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City