I would understand the church not wanting someone outside their faith to be a leader in their church. How does theology affect being a scout leader? Certainly a Mormon, Jew or Catholic can share a value set without sharing a theology. Boy Scouts don’t get particular religious training in the scouts, do they?
posted on 10/22/2010 4:30:59 AM PDT
Boy Scouts dont get particular religious training in the scouts, do they?
Well, the answer is or probably should be YES. The Boy Scouts is a program that can be used by Churches etc. to enhance and supplement their religious education programs for their youth. There are specific religious rewards for each Faith which are a regular part of the program, in addition to the usual scout awards. The sponsor (Church) owns
the unit, they use
the program. While some, maybe many sponsors do not utilize the full potential benefits for their Churches, they lose out and usually have weaker units.
The LDS Church is the best example of proper and effective use of the program, and their youth involvement is especially strong. Witness how many of their missionaries are former scouts, and Eagle Scouts at that.
posted on 10/22/2010 5:59:42 AM PDT
("In fide, unitas; in dubiis, libertas; in omnibus, caritas.")
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BSA has different awards/goals depending upon the religious affiliation (if any of the sponsoring group). the LDS one is VERY different from most Christian ones. I can see where faith would be an issue.
PYW posted a chart the other day with the different awards and denominations/religions.
posted on 10/22/2010 8:11:41 AM PDT
(Ex Mormon, now Christian - "I once was lost but now am found, was blind but now I see")
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