Tigers, Athiests, Christians and Jews
Dennis Haynes (HAYNESNPA@AOL.COM)
Fri, 7 Nov 1997 13:40:52 -0500
Frankly, I have not kept up with the recent debates on religion in scouting,
never thinking the situation would come up in our Pack. It has.....and I
need some *practical* advice.
We have a newly created Tiger group with 4 boys. I spke directly with the
parents in getting them going, since the Tiger Coordinator had lagged in
applications, info, uniforms, parents packets, meeting requirements, etc.
Two of the boys are Christian, in two different denominations. As our Pack
has had only Christian families, to date, we never had to confront other
We now have a Jewish member. I went to great pains to let them know that
active participation in a christian-related activity was not a mandatory
requirement, as the parents were balking at joining, and having their boy
involved with the annual Christmas Carroling we do for a local rest home. I
explained we also do seasonal things like the Scout Food Drive, and
gparticipate in the local MAAC Project, packing food for charitable
organizations. The mom indicated she did not want her boy exposed to Santa
Claus so they did not have to 'explain' this to their son (who is not allowed
any TV viewing at all. I am not a proponent of TV, mind you, but I got the
feeling that ther family wanted to isolate themselves form a lot of the
seasonal things that go on...christmas ads in particular, for family
This I think we can deal with........but boy #4's family turns out to be
actively atheist. This will create some of the problems the list seemed to
have discussed in the past few weeks.
How do we deal with this mixture, without 'offending' anyone? I am open to
suggestions on this, and am going to contact my Unit Commissioner (A very
fine person, lady, and scouter....full of patience, humor and answers!) to
see if there is any local assistance on this.
Thanx for your help.
Cubmaster, Pack 635
Desert Pacific Council
Kit Carson District
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