Wes Clark (wclark@PIONEER.USPTO.GOV)
Fri, 5 May 1995 08:58:07 -0400
A couple of points regarding LDS Scouting:
1) Most troops do not hold any type of membership drive for either Cubs or
Boy Scouts. All members of a ward ages 8-10 are automatically registered
in the ward's pack. All boys ages 11-18 (or so) are automatically
registered in the ward's troop.
2) Most of the funding for the troops comes out of the ward budget, so
fund-raising is often optional. Many troops get by with the budget
alloted to them. However, many troops also do fund-raising. My troop has
sold donuts and distributed telephone books, for instance.
As I understand it, the reason why the LDS church does not sponsor Girl
Scouting has to do with leadership policies at the very highest levels.
Male church representatives and leaders weren't allowed in the Girl
Scouts National Board, which was a requirement for LDS participation. (I
could be wrong - this is what I read once on alt.religion.mormon and
could easily be hearsay.)
Also, a year or so ago the GSUSA took a belief in God out of their
requirements (or out of a motto or law or something, I don't remember).
This couldn't have helped...
ASM Troop 1538
p.s. By the way, I'm active LDS and my 8 year-old daughter is a second
year Brownie. So far I've found the Girl Scout program to be mildly-male
exclusionary and liberal, but obviously not objectionably so.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City