Scouts-L Mail Archive for December of 1999: Re: The 3-G's: espicially one of them
Re: The 3-G's: espicially one of them
Thu, 2 Dec 1999 22:50:23 -0500
The official position of BSA as stated in a resolution issued in 1991 is as
quoted below. The clarifying comments after the resolution indicate that it
is BSA's position that definining and teaching resolution if the
responsibilty of the family and the the Scout's religious advisor. Your
question about how a Buddhist Scout can pledge duty to God and country is an
interesting one and most likely you won't find the answer in the resolution.
Probably the best place to get an answer is from Buddhist Scouters
(certainly a lot better answer than from debate and speculation). You can
Buddhist Churches of America National Committee on Scouting
Jean C. Wilson, National Chairperson
701 East Thrift Street
Kingsland, Georgia 31548-8213
to raise such a question or perhaps write/call
Buddhist Churches of America
1710 Octavia Street
San Francisco, California 94109
for more information.
The National Executive Board
Boy Scouts of America
"Be it resolved that the following reaffirmation of the position of the
Boy Scouts of America relating to duty to God be, and hereby is, enacted and
that the bylaws, rules and regulations, and literature of the Corporation
this reaffirmation accordingly.
"In 1985, America celebrated the 75th anniversary of the Boy Scouts of
America. Since 1910, 80 million Americans have subscribed to the Scout Oath
and the Scout Law, which have stood the test of time.
"The National Executive Board of the BSA proudly states, through its
mission statement, that the values which the organization strives to instill
in young people are those based upon the Scout Oath and Scout Law. A Scout
pledges: 'On my honor I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country
and to obey the Scout Law...'.
"The first BSA HANDBOOK FOR BOYS, published in August 1911, declares
that '...no boy can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing
an obligation to God' (page 215).
"The latest edition of the BOY SCOUT HANDBOOK, published in 1990, reads:
'A Scout is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties. He
respects the beliefs of others' (page 561).
"While not intending to define what constitutes belief in God, the BSA
is proud to reaffirm the Scout Oath and its declaration of duty to God."
"The following statements are additional information on the BSA
"The BSA has always been committed to the moral, ethical, and spiritual
development of our youth. Scouting is not a religion but duty to God is a
basic tenant of the Scout Oath and Law.
"Scouting does not seek to impose its beliefs upon others who do not
share them. Virtually every religion is represented in Scouting, and the BSA
does not define or interpret God. That is the role of the Scout's family
and religious advisors.
"Scouting respects those who do not share its beliefs and it would not
ask others to alter their faith in any fashion in order to become Scouts.
They too are free to follow their own beliefs. Rather the BSA membership
believes that the principles set forth in the Scout Oath and Law are central
to the BSA goal of teaching the values of self-reliance, courage, integrity,
and consideration to others. Scouting may not be for everyone, but for
eight decades, Scouting has provided meaningful programs and adventure to
more than eighty million young people in the United States."
---Approved, BSA National Executive Board, June 12,
Mike Bowman, Vice President
U.S. Scouting Service Project, Inc.