Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: Re: Question about Wicca
Re: Question about Wicca
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 12:43:58 -0500
I would say the religion does not matter. What matters is whether he is
faithful to it.
Here's some official words I have relied on to consider these matters.
* BSA statement of religious principles in Scouting *
The Boy Scout of America Advancement Guidelines contain a clear statement
of religious principles in Scouting, quoted below from the 1980 printing:
The Boy Scouts of America:
1. Does not define what constitutes belief in God or the practice of religion.
2. Does not require membership in a religious organization or association
for enrollment in the movement, but does prefer and strongly encourages
participation in the religious programs and activities of a church,
synagogue or other religious association.
3. Respects the convictions of those who exercise their constitutional
freedom to practice religion as individuals without formal membership in an
organized religious organization...
4. If a boy says he is a member of a particular religious body, the
standards by which he should be evaluated are those of that group. This is
committees usually ask for a reference from his religious leader to
indicate whether he had lived up to their expectations.
At 01:14 AM 9/6/99 -0500, you wrote:
>I have a question for the list. There is a Scout in our Troop who has
>changed his belief from Catholicism to Wicca. Can anyone out there please
>tell me if this is a recognized religion for the rank of Eagle.
>Thank you in advance
>William Wolf, Jr.
>ASM Troop 25 Red Oaks Mill NY
>Hudson Valley Council
BSA Troop 94
Viking Council, Northern Lights District
Maple Grove, Minnesota, USA
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