LDS Scouting (was SCOUT-L does not mean Scout minus Logic)
Branden Morris (morris@NET1PLUS.COM)
Tue, 18 Feb 1997 19:28:07 -0500
"Leslie D. Fife" <ldfife@BACHMAN.CS.OU.EDU> wrote:
>The subject line selested by Scouter CzarCasm says it all. However,
>apparent it DID include his removal of Logic from his own post.
>> and yes even the LDS sponsored groups' charters say co-ed but they have
>> this thing called excommunication which is what would happen to any
>> young woman who chose to buck the youth program that they have
>Pahleaze. (ie give me a break)
Just to echo Leslie Fife's comments -- Puleeze.
The LDS Church publishes a "Scouting Handbook: Relationships bewteen the
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Boy Scouts of America"
which is a supplement, not a replacement, for other leadership, training,
and policy materials most Scouters are familair with.
On page 32 of this Scouting Handbook we find:
"When the Boy Scouts of America allowed young women to register and become
Explorers, the chartered organizations were given the option to accept or
reject this policy. The current policy of the Church is that young women
will not be registered in Latter-day Saint Explorer Posts."
The reason we have this is because Scouting is not just a seperate activity
held in the local LDS chuch meetinghouse; Scouting is an integral part of
the Church's 'Young Men's' program, which is grouped into quorums based on
age. Because young women aren't in the Church-centered young men's programs
(and if this doesn't make sense, re-read it a few times), by default they
aren't members of the 'official' activity (Boy Scouting) of the young men's
(Just as a side note, the Church's young ladies have a counterpart program,
Young Women, which also has both religious and social/activity programs,
including a scouting-like program with leadership, service, and achievement
portions, which also has age-dependent segments. The YM and YW programs
often work together on social and service events, while also maintaining
their individual programs.)
I know of many LDS girls who participate in both Girl Scouting as well as
co-ed Exploring, even though these units aren't chartered by the Church.
They all remain members in good standing. No excommunications here -- we
like it when our young men and young women do beneficial things :)
Yours in Scouting,
Branden Morris -- firstname.lastname@example.org
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City