scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: LDS & Scouts
Mon May 01 2000 - 10:04:28 CDT
In a message dated 4/30/00 11:35:26 PM Pacific Daylight Time,
> I remain a little confused about the relationship between BSA and the
> LDS denomination. Is there some special agreement that I would be
> unaware of allowing LDS to be treated in what I perceive as a "hands
> off" situation?
LDS units receive no more of a "hands-off" treatment than any other unit. All
units are entitled to pick their own adult leadership within certain
parameters (ie no atheists, gays, felons, etc.). The only special treatment I
know of is a waiver of the minimum of 5 scouts for a charter.
Scouting in the LDS church is considered by the church as a part of its
activity program for boys and is a part of its boy leadership training for
future lay leaders in the church. Again, no special BSA treatment here. Any
non-LDS unit can have the same consideration in its use of the scouting
LDS units generally don't camp on Sundays -- they go to church instead. This
is not a special deal with BSA. Any non-LDS unit can do the same.
Otherwise, if an LDS scouter doesn't run his units the same way as non-LDS
units, it's because that LDS leader probably hasn't been trained and doesn't
know better. Probably the most common violation in this regard is two-deep
leadership. You could say the same about any untrained leader -- LDS or not.