scouts-l Mail Archive for November of 1999: Fw: Re: Ordeal
Dan Smith (dansher@SPRYNET.COM
Tue Nov 23 1999 - 21:24:57 CST
From: Sean S Coleman <coleman@BOULDER.NIST.GOV>
> It would be helpful to know what he is being taught in his religion?
> The ceremonies have been approved by all the major churches in the
> country and, in fact, elements of the Ordeal are exactly like what a
> church would want a member to do, Service to others, day of fasting and
> prayer (Scant food and Silence). I have listened to the Ordeal ceremony
> three times a year for the last 20 and I don't find any religous
> connotations in them.
I agree with Sean. I am a United Methodist Scouter and a Vigil member in
the O.A. and can not imagine what he might have found offensive. The Order
of the Arrow practices reverence toward religions as well as our Native