scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Re: No Confidence Votes?
Len Christiansen (lrchristiansen@ATT.NET
Tue Nov 09 1999 - 09:55:56 CST
Darryl Hammill wrote:
> No other parent has ever approached me on this. The Character flaw is indicated
> (in this Dad's Point of View) by the fact that we do not have Sunday vespers
> every Sunday when we are out in the field. Unfortunately, because we loose some
> young men early on Sunday's (when we are camping) due to Church and Soccer - we
> drop tents and break camp early. Granted we should try our best to have vespers
> (a Scout is Reverent after all) but time constraints does not always make that
Well, at least we now know that the Scouter in question is not some
monster preying on Scouts to satisfy some twisted, deviant urge!!! I was
imagining all sorts of problems, especially in light of the 20/20
program just broadcast, and it turns out that someone wants to throw out
the SM because because he doesn't hold chapel services on Sunday
morning!!! And the explanation is that they are breaking camp to get
back home early (perhaps so that the Scouts can attend church services
with their families?).
What about the religious beliefs of the Scouts in the troop. Are they
all of one religion? If of all the same religion, are they all of the
same subset of that religion? Is it possible to hold a religious service
that is meaningful to all religions and not offensive to anyone who is a
believer in any one of them? Perhaps it is just easier to try to get
them home to worship their god with their families.
You mention that some of the Scouts leave camp early to attend worship.
I assume that their parents come to camp to pick them up from camp. If
this father is so bent on his son having an opportunity to worship, why
isn't he among those parents who pick up their sons early? Of course,
it's easier to just go after the "offending Scoutmaster!" And easier for
the committee to just have a secret vote of no confidence rather than
ask questions and find out about the real issue.
Now, least you think that I am totally biased in favor of the
Scoutmaster, I do have a suggestion for him. The pressures of Sunday
morning time restraints prevent the troop from holding Sunday chapel.
What prevents the troop from having chapel on Saturday evening, perhaps
as the closing of the Saturday night campfire? The end of a campfire is
a time of reflection. What better thing to reflect on than our place in
time and the universe with god?
Hope this helps.
Len Christiansen mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org
SA Troop 292, Mobile, AL Spanish Trail District Commissioner
Gihim - One Who Encourages