Re: Culturally Sensitive Xmas
Cyndi Castro (ccastro@UTEP.EDU)
Wed, 11 Dec 1996 14:03:49 -0700
At 12:15 PM 12/11/96 -0700, you wrote:
This was posted to the Scouts-L list -
> I can speak from personable experience how "unsettling" a Christmas
>theme can be on scouts who are not Christian. Where we used to live my
>boys were the *only Jewish* scouts in the pack.
> From an adult point of view, I could understand and accept the
>issue of "Santa". But through the young, non Christian cubs, eyes this
>meant that he was *not a part of the Pack*(!!).
I have been following this thread for awhile now and I realized that my Mom
and Troop Leader solved this problem some 20+ years ago, before it was
Politically Correct to do so. Did it take time and work...YES but it was
worth it. What they did was...
1. They found out the religous and cultural make up of out Troop. (The
majority were Christian/Hispanic, and the majority of Christians were Roman
2. (This took the longest) They talked to ALL the girls parents and found
out what holidays were special to them and what they did to celebrate.
(including the parents of the girls in the majority)
3. They then sat down with a calendar and marked the holidays and special
4. When they finished the calendar they had a meeting with all the parents
and asked them to pick the holidays they would help out with or run. If a
holiday did not have any parents name it was not celebrated. At first we
were only going to celebrate 2 holidays, but when the parents realized this
was not a joke (our Troop was not going to exchange Valentine's that year,
and we girls complained loudly to our parents) the calendar was filled with
Granted when I walked in with a wreath with real candles on my head it
raised a few eyebrows (it belonged to my grandmother), but not as many as
when we celebrated the Chinese New Year. (that was fun) No girl's
cultural/religous background was left out. When I look back, I know how much
we girls learned, but I now realize our parents learned with us.
Cyndi Castro I used to be a Bobwhite.......
El Paso, Tx
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