Re: Scout Leaders Oath
Patrick Lam (PLAM@MUSICM.MCGILL.CA)
Wed, 20 Mar 1996 20:14:16 EST
> 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
May I suggest to you that it is not religion, but spirituality, that
is important to Scouting? There is a difference, even though it's a
I have absolutely no problems with having Scouts of different religions.
As a Cub leader, I'm not going to impose my own views on my Cubs, that
wouldn't be appropriate in an open Cub pack (ie open membership, not
limited to sponsoring organization).
This doesn't mean that I can't tell my Cubs what is right and wrong.
It is wrong to steal things, for instance; but it would be most
inappropriate to tell a Hindu Cub that stealing is wrong because it
says so in the Ten Commandments.
(At the World Moot this summer there is a dress code - ie guys have
to wear at least T-shirts, to accomodate different beliefs. A small
reminder that Scouting transcends religion.)
> 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
Nope. A Canadian Scout is helpful and trustworthy, kind and cheerful,
considerate and clean, and wise in the use of all resources. Please do
not assume that the Boy Scouts of America runs 180 Scouting Associations
around the world with its own Scout Law and Oath.
Yours in Scouting,
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City