scouts-l Mail Archive for February of 2000: Graceful Sectarianism
Wed Feb 09 2000 - 09:56:04 CST
Bob, you were right. Your statement that
"grace at scout events MUST be nonsectarian"
was sure to bring a flood of replies. I'll add one more.
I solve the whole problem in our troop by being totally up front with new
It is explained from the start, that our troop is a part of the youth group
of the Christian sponsor. We will make absolutely no effort to maintain some
balance', since to do so, would in our mind, be false.
The family is choosing to join US, and not the other way around.
Needless to say, I would never consider discouraging anyone who understands our
position, and has also made a choice to not be 'offended' when we carry out
what we had explained that we would do from the start.
We have various faiths represented, and no problems.
I always have to chuckle, when at the occasional District or Council event,
someone has calculated that the guaranteed way to offend no one is to
present a 'native American' religious service where rocks and trees make
the list of honored guests.
On arriving at one of these events, and noticing from the handout what was
in store, I quietly leaned over to our Scouts and said that while we would
the Scouts should examine what was about to go on, and think about whether
or not they would want to participate in certain portions. When I said that
most of the planned service did not represent what our sponsor would teach,
one of the Scouts quietly whispered to me, "You mean its Baptist?"
Scouting is always fun.