scouts-l Mail Archive for May of 2000: Re: LDS & Scouts
MAJ) Mike Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle (blkeagle@USSCOUTS.ORG
Sun May 02 1993 - 19:35:32 CDT
Darryl Hammill wrote and asked:
>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
>If someone could enlighten me I would be most appreciative.
I can provide some background from the NON-LDS standpoint; and I'm sure that
one of our great LDS Scouters will respond here with how the Church *really
does see Scouting*.
The Church (I'll refer to the "Church of Jesus Christ, Latter-Day Saints" as
"the Church") early on, took the BSA's programs and fully incorporated it
into their youth ministry program. As a result, some of the BSA's programs
over the years evolved from The Church's application and experimentation of
adapting Scouting to meet the needs of their Church membership and youth
outside the faith.
They receive no more "special treatment", however, than the Association of
Southern Baptists, the United States Army, or Rotary International, all
national chartered partner organizations of the BSA.
It is because the Church has "swallowed" the BSA down, hook, line and
sinker, that they have become so wrapped around the BSA's flag, so to speak.
But other churches decided that the BSA was too liberal and they developed
their own church-based programming to meet the needs of their youth.
Leaders registered in Church units must meet the approval of the chartering
body, if the chartering body is not the Church AND the Church's leadership
as well. Again, this is because the Church views Scouting as an extension
of their ministry to the world as well as a worthwhile character-building
As explained by another Scouter here, Scouters appointed as Scoutmasters are
"called to serve" as Scoutmasters (or as Commissioners). This puts a
special "spin" onto an otherwise "your turn" event.
I hope that Branden or someone else will explain the relationship in closer
(MAJ) Mike L. Walton (settummanque, the blackeagle)
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