Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas
Ian N Ford (ianford@DIRCON.CO.UK)
Sun, 12 Nov 1995 13:11:22 +0000
I can understand that certain faiths prohibit certain foods, beverages etc.
but I can't see why that should apply to others not of that faith unless
there are particular dietary laws to follow, e.g. kosher or halal catering.
To provide jugs of iced tea <and> non-caffeinated bug juice does not seem
a big deal to me.
In one BSA troop we provided decaffeinated sodas and regular cola for the
kids, and regular and decaff. coffee and herbal tea for the adults as a
matter of routine to accomodate the LDS folks. (The decaff sodas were
also useful for those with AD/HD who were sensitive to caffeine.)
At one time the British Cub Scout pack I was with had a Sikh who did not
eat beef , and a Buddhist who was a vegetarian. When we did a barbecue I
used to cook the vegetarian sausages in vegetable fat first , then the
pork sausages, then finally the beefburgers. Similarly for other meals.
The parents seemed quite happy with that arrangement.
It never came up as an issue, but thinking about it later I would not ask
a Scout to wash dishes that had been used to cook prohibited food - e.g.
the Hindu Cub Scout could lay the table or clean the vegetable Bor dessert
pans and somebody else could clean the pans used to cook the beef. We
have just had a Sikh lad join the Cub Pack I am with at present, and I
think that one of the kids whgo is about to come up from Beavers is a
Buddhist, so I guess that we will follow the same procedures again on our
next camp. As one of the Instructors is diabetic and another of the Cub
Scouts has allergies (one of the few cases of diet-related hyperactivity
I have come across ) it makes the catering amusing at times, but as
Scouters we should be adaptable enough to cope.
Asst Group Scout Leader
25th Greenwich (Our Lady of Grace RC) Scout Group
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City