Re: What is the role of the chaplain in a scout troop ??
Chaplain Morrison (aettch@EMAIL.GRAFENWOEHR.ARMY.MIL)
Mon, 7 Apr 1997 15:22:14 -0400
>(Hey, Chaplain Morrison...you can piggyback here if you like...I
>know that I've leaving some stuff out!! *smiling*)
Your answer to this question was quite comprehensive (as are most of your
posts). Currently, I am serving as a very active CC in this troop and so I
can't say what it would be like to function only as the troop chaplain. I
do function as a district chaplain and provide an ecumenical service at
Camporees as requested much as I would for a group of soldiers in the field.
I also do prayers at events such as District Awards Dinners and Openings /
Closings of Council Training Conference.
By being with scouts and doing what scouts do, one makes themselves
available as a friend to answer questions or help with problems.
I do think one must learn to read the moods and behavior of boys. One must
ask the question, "What's going on here." Last summer at long term camp our
ASM had one new boy following him around like a puppy dog all the time. It
was only later that we found out that he was being bullied by an older boy
at scouts meetings and at other times.
This weekend we has a Camporee in our area and the SM's youngest son, who
just crossed over from Cubs, came looking for his Dad. Dad was off
somewhere and Andy wasn't telling what the problem was. Later I found out
from Dad that he had stepped on his retainer and thought he was going to be
in hot water, big time. He was upset, but Dad handled it OK. A chaplain
should be a person who is visible and available to respond to requests for
assistance. Sensitivity to preceive that something is wrong is an important
CC, BSA Troop 261
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