Re: Scout Leaders Oath
Robert L. Eskridge (bob@IRSINC.COM)
Tue, 19 Mar 1996 08:24:10 -0500
Martijn Tonies writes, "
>Is it, in 1996, still important to do your duty to God. Isn't
>Scouting a place where religion and politics aren't important? No
>matter what religion/politics you believe in, you still should be
>able to be a good scout? Why is it in the oath then?
The answer is an absolute YES! Even with all our advanced technologies in
1996 our duty to God is the most important. Religion and politics are very
important to the Scouting program. Scouting is where we as adults try to
impart to our young Scouts a sense of moral absolutes. A Scout is
trustworthy, loyal, helpful friendly, curteous, kind, obedient,
cheerful,thrifty, brave, clean, and REVERENT. We try to teach these as
absolute values not as relative to the situation. It is not OK to be
trustworthy only in certain situations. Do we fail? Of course! But that
doesn't mean the ideal of trustworthyness is any less valuable to teach.
This goes for any of the ideals of the Scout law. Scouting is also were we
try to teach Scouts about good citizenship; the ideals of how our
government process works; the need to participate in that government
process. Doing our duty to God and our country is very important and one
that must be instilled in our youth. The Scouting program does it very
well. It is up to the leadership of the troop to continue supporting these
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