Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: questions about wicca
questions about wicca
Mon, 6 Sep 1999 14:04:41 -0500
As a scoutmaster, I would have a couple of concerns about Wicca...
First, my chartered partner would likely not allow a boy to be involved in
our troop any more, if he were involved in Wicca, regardless if he is a
member of our congregration or not (chartered partners CAN do that...but do
Second, I also have friends in Wicca...and I would question the young man's
"belief" and "duty" to God, based on this association. I have talked at
length to my friends in Wicca, and respect them for their beliefs. But
they, themselves, will and have stated that theirs is NOT a religion based
in God in any way. With that, I'm not certain that it would have the
support of BSA, and probably not mine either.
I have two recommendations: first, discuss the issue with your Council
Scout Exec. Push the issue with him or her. Don't let the answer be "well,
I think..." or something like that. If they aren't 100% certain, make them
get an answer from National.
Second, I would discuss the issue with the local Wicca Chapter (that's what
they are called: chapters) leader. Express your concern, and learn about
them. Get information. Then you can make an INFORMED decision. There are
principles of Wicca, as they have been explained to me, that may go against
some of the principles of scouting.
This is not intended to be derogatory towards Wicca. However, I have never
heard ANY of my friends call it a religion. It is something that is
practiced and believed....but faith in God is absent. I would be very
concerned, at several levels, if one of my youth became so involved.