Re: What is the role of the chaplain in a scout troop ??
Mike Walton (blkeagle@DYNASTY.NET)
Sun, 6 Apr 1997 15:08:39 -0500
Perhaps Chaplain Morrison (Charlie, you still around??) can
help us all more than this:
The question was:
>I have been trying to pin down the role of a chaplain in a scout
>Could anyone out there give me some ideas of his duties.
The same that a Chaplain would be in other types of organizations:
to take a "pulse" of the group, to "embrace" and "provide shelter"
for individuals and groups of individuals having personal problems
which are beyond the scope (or ability) (or willingness) of the
Scoutmaster and his or her Assistants; to provide a neutral set
of "eyes" and "ears" for the Senior Patrol Leader and Scoutmaster;
to help out as "another pair of hands" to unit members; and to be
a "brain" and "legs" for the Scoutmaster and/or Senior Patrol
Leader when they forget to use theirs or when theirs are too
burdened with other, more important issues (like how to get
everyone out of the rain and snow NOW and into someplace warm and
(This was from notes that I kept at the Scout Chaplain's course
many, many moons ago...that's what a Chaplain Aide (adult) should
do as well, btw, with some direction and control from a Chaplain or
other spiritual advisor).
The notes go onward from there: To be the religious "body" to the
Troop and to remind Scouts and Scouters of the 12th Scout Law Point
when things are going well as well as when they aren't. No matter
the faith of the Chaplain, or of the members of the Troop, the
Chaplain assists the members and leaders in demonstrating the
Scout Law and Oath and encouraging them to work toward their
faith's religious emblem....and to encourage them to look deeper
into their religious beliefs.
Hope that helps out!
(Hey, Chaplain Morrison...you can piggyback here if you like...I
know that I've leaving some stuff out!! *smiling*)
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City