Religous Preferences year round
david swank (dswank@SAT.NET)
Thu, 12 Dec 1996 11:35:44 -0800
One of my many hats in BSA is Cubmaster of a Pack in rural Tx.
I have read the postings on Sensitivity at Christmas with intrest,
however my situation was not touched. I need some advice from others on a
situation we have here.My whole Pack is of a Christian Denomination. One
of the families in my Pack is of a Denomination that is vastly different
than all of the others. Their Sabath is on Saturday and as I've been told
the children can have no "fun" on Saturday, they eat no meat and don't
celebrate any of the usual holidays. The Mom is a Den Leader(was before
they began with the new faith) but never has come to a committee meeting
or planning meeting. She was not happy that at Halloween we planned to go
"Trick or Treating" for food to get a head start on the holidays for our
local food pantry, and she wasn't happy that as a pack we marched in the
City Christmas Parade ( A 40 year tradition for the Pack). There are also
some things we need to plan for a Saturday like a Pinewood Derby and a
Blue and Gold Banquet because of time necessary to do it right. We had
many complaints that both of these activities ran to late for a school
night last year.
I don't want to offend anyone but should we schedule everything around
this one family? We've never had tthis sort of situation before and I'm
at a loss for an equitable solution. The specifics have never been
explained so we have very little to go on since the family doesn't
communicate with the Pack Committee.
Anyway I would appreciate any advice anyone would be willing to share!
Cubmaster, Webelos Den Leader,Tiger Leader
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City