Re: EAGLE App and Religious "requirement"
Jeff L. Glaze (jglaze@SUBASIC.SCIATL.COM)
Wed, 23 Apr 1997 09:24:36 -0400
At 09:05 AM 4/23/97 -0700, Peter Townsend wrote:
>2. There is nothing in the Eagle App that 'requires' an
> endorsement or recommendation from a religious
> organization or person.
Agreed, the Scout is asked to provide a reference from
a religious leader, not necessarily from any formal organization,
which is why we always accept a parent reference/letter
as the Scouts Reliigious leader.
> There is a line for one if
> appropriate, but no requirement that it be used.
I'll disagree here, the Employer line is optional, hence the
(if any) statment on that line of the Eagle App. The Eagle
App specifically asks for a religious leader reference. No (if
any) option after that line, or the parent guardian line, or the
educational reference, The app. does not
say that it must be someone affiliated with a formal religious
institution. A parent, grandparent or someone else who has
provided religious guidance to the young man is more than
welcome to be a "religious leader reference".
> That is a matter for him and his parent(s)/guardian(s) to
> decide. What is appropriate is his understanding of
> "reverence"; his personal views of a higher guiding
> principle; and most importantly his tolerance of others
> beliefs and views.
Absoutely agreed!! This is in keeping with BSA's Declaration
of Religious Principle (DRP). I do not think it inappropriate to
ask an Eagle candidate for a religious reference whether it be
his pastor, a parent, a youth leader, a coach, or whomever else
he considers to have filled that role in his life.
Jeff L. Glaze, Vice-Chairman
Northeast District Advancement Committee
Atlanta Area Council, Boy Scouts of America
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