Re: Who Can't Join BSA?
Mark Dryer (clf18@PINN.NET)
Mon, 21 Aug 1995 14:03:57 -0500
>Our troop (and pack/post) has had members who are Hindu.
>I always wondered about their eligibility, but because none
>of them refused to learn/repeat the Scout Oath, etc, I didn't
>question their membership. Besides, they all attended the
>Christian school that sponsors our units. Can anyone state
>with certainty that they are not eligible to join?
>I checked the Insignia Guide and did not see a religious emblem
>for Hindus. However, there are emblems for some other
>religions that might be suspect on the the grounds of not having
>a divine being or neither affirming or denying a supreme reality.
>Also, what is a Wiccan?
>YiS -- Utah Cox, Iberville, Louisiana; ex-everything
I can state with certainty that followers of the Hindu faith are allowed to
join the Boy Scouts, regardless of their enrollment in a "Christian" school.
If you have a web browser, I refer you to
http://www.emf.net/~troop24/regs/religious.html where you will find the
Hindu Dharma religious award for WEBELOS aged Cub Scouts. From what I
understand of the Hindu religion, it DOES recognize supreme and/or devine
beings, although not your traditional Judeo-Christian G-D.
As for your second question: A wiccan is a follower of the occult, a satan
worshiper. The name comes from the Old English Wicca - witch, and is the
root from which our current word wicked comes. THESE are the people that
would be precluded from membership in the BSA.
CC, Troop 191
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