Re: LDS Scouting Funding
RYAN KEIL (RYAN.KEIL@M.CC.UTAH.EDU)
Thu, 11 May 1995 01:46:09 -0600
Dan Linton asks how other LDS units fund youth who are not LDS. Let me
first preface this remark with a little background. I am in a Ward
intended primarily for Young Married families at the University of Utah.
In this setting, there are very few youth of Scout, Varsity, Explorer
age; however, we have enough Cub age boys to have a program. That
program consists of from one to two dens comprised of boys from the THREE
stakes--yes, stakes, not wards--that serve the family/students at the U.
With all that sidebar, we have, in our ward alone, funded up to three
non-LDS youth members of these dens. The philosophy behind this is that
the Ward is Chartering Organization and has a policy to budget "nominal
normal" operations of the unit. To not fund any of the boys in the den
for any reason would fall outside our understanding of the Church's
policy about funding of the Scouting program.
I haven't seen a ward do other than this....but that doesn't mean it
doesn't happen. I can only speak for the practice we have here. I don't
know if the Church has an explicit policy on this.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City