Re: Society of Friends (Quakers)
Jack Young (jyoung@FREEFROMHUNGER.ORG)
Mon, 24 Aug 1998 09:38:00 -0700
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I am a member of Davis Friends Meeting in Davis CA (Pacific Yearly Meeting)
and have often wondered the same thing. I am a SM of T600 that is sponsored
by the local Lions Club in Winters CA. Our meeting has always been
supportive of our fund raisers and by son's religious medal was even
presented at a meeting for business. Like many meetings, our youth program
is weak. I teach first day school and use a lot of scouting games and
ideas. the kids love it when I am the one in charge. I've never talked
about the meeting sponsoring a troop but I can perceive a few problem.
Quite frankly, the scouting view on gays would create a long and lengthy
debate. To be quite honest with one we also have several excellent troops in
Davis and the surrounding are so there is no great void of good scouting
From: Scouts-L Youth Group List [mailto:Scouts-L@tcu.edu]On Behalf Of
digest Howie Howland
Sent: Saturday, August 22, 1998 11:20 AM
To: Multiple recipients of list SCOUTS-L
Subject: Society of Friends (Quakers)
I am a graduate of a Quaker school in Delaware. I missed Scouting in my
and perhaps because of this have been involved for many years as an adult.
In Pennsylvania our troop was sponsored by the Baptist Church. Recently I
chaired a committee which obtained the National Award of Merit for four
Massachusetts Scouts from a troop sponsored by the Catholic Church.
Over the years I have tried to determine the position of the Society of
Friends (Quakers) toward Scouting. Although representatives will say they
agree with our basic values, I know of no situation where a Scout troop or
pack is sponsored by a Quaker Meeting or Quaker school or uses its
My impression is that Scouting is regarded as "too militaristic" to be
supported by the Society of Friends. Am I right?
I would appreciate any official or unofficial comment on line Scouts-L or
Cape & Islands Council
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City