Re: What is the role of the chaplain in a scout troop ??
Mike Walton (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Wed, 2 Apr 1997 13:36:45 -0500
H. James Perlberg asked a followup to our Chaplain question:
>Must the chaplain position be filled by an ordained minister/rabbi
> et al?
No. But he or she *cannot* be called the "Chaplain". There's a
separate code (and a separate patch) called "Chaplain Aide (adult)"
It has the same "staff of life" but without the BSA universal
emblem and looks similar to the youth patch except it is in the
adult Chaplain colors of blue and white.
The "Chaplain Aide" (Adult) usually works under the direction or
supervision of a ordained minister, rabbi, pastor or other
religious leader. And there's NOTHING that says that unit cannot
have more than ONE Chaplain, either...I've seen a Troop in
Charlotte, North Carolina, with a Rabbi, two ministers (one
Lutheran, one Southern Baptist) and a Catholic Bishop as the
"senior Chaplain" since the unit was chartered to a Catholic
Church. All four of these gentlemen worked with the unit during
camp and supplemented the District Camporee staff on Sunday with
services at different locations within the camp site. The Troop
was pretty healthy too, and there were four Chaplain Aides (youth)
working with them at the time I observed.
I guess you *could* call him or her the Chaplain, but somehow it
doesn't *seem right*, you know what I mean??
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City