Scouts-L Mail Archive for September of 1999: wiccans and scouting
wiccans and scouting
Dick, Sheldon Mr.
Wed, 8 Sep 1999 18:19:33 +0200
I have found the discussion most enlightening - much or if anyway..
I certainly commiserate with some who may believe that this group (wiccans)
- or any other group - may have beliefs contrary or anathema to their own -
so much so that they have to take a stance.
but I will try to avoid that level of the discussion.
still, a few things in some of the comments are troublesome to me.
1) the mention of the word "religion" in some posts - often associated with
the concept of being "acceptable" or recognized by bsa.
2) the apparent concern about the existence - or non-existence - of a
religious award program "acceptable" to the bsa.
the last time I looked at the scout oath (or promise, if u prefer), there
was no mention of the word "religion" - be it "organized" or otherwise.
the requirement is only that the scout do his duty to God. the law is
easier, it only refers to the scout's being "reverent".
true, the handbook explains the oath and law, and in so doing uses the term
"religious leaders" and "religious duties". These are adjectives, not
nouns, and refer to the acknowledgement of a supreme deity or being, not to
an organized way of worshipping him (or her). there is NO requirement that
a "religious leader" be restricted to those who are designees of a specific
there is no requirement scouts be members of an organized religion.
"religious leaders" might very well be the scout's parents.
nowhere is there a requirement that the GOD be one of an organized religion,
or that the Scout's reverence be to some particular religion's view of that
BSA does build close relationships with certain organized religions - but
the absence of such relationship, is not a prohibition to joining or
participating in the scout program.