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  1. "A National Guard facility in Pennsylvania refused to allow a Trail Life USA scouting troop to tour their facility because of the group’s religious affiliation. The Fort Indiantown Gap National Guard facility regularly hosts tours for Boy Scout troops and other organizations, but the Trailmen were told they could not participate because they belonged to a Christian scouting organization. . . . The National Guard’s public affairs office did not return multiple inquiries seeking comment.
  2. We are collecting WB ticket ideas (or SB logbook ideas) related to Duty to God / Scout is Reverent / Religious Relationships themes for all levels to develop a Council resource. I imagine many have been around religious emblems promotion or training, but would love to hear if you've run across any.
  3. I need some help on this one. At a recent Venture Crew meeting the Advisor stated to the members of the crew that he would like to see everyone work towards earning a religious award(specifically protestant). Our crew is made up of different denominations and one of the members stated that he didn't believe in "God", that he was an "Atheist". My feelings is to remove him from the crew. I have already spoken to the COR about this, but would like to hear from everyone else on what they would do if this situation involved them.
  4. I know everyone here knows that "a scout is reverent", but does your unit do anything special to show it? Like maybe doing something together for Scout Sunday? Well, that time of year is just around the corner, and many units WILL be doing some kind of special event to show reverence and Duty to God. Does your unit have something special planned?
  5. I've never run into this as a problem before. One of our international schools, run like a public, non-sectarian school, has been a Chartered Org in the past and was asked to become one again. They seem to be stuck on the Statement of Religious Principle, that if the IH and COR sign it, they are committing the school to the exclusion of atheists in a school sponsored program. I've never had a problem with a public school or an international school before. Usually they 'get' that Scouting is nonsectarian, and that the chartered org gets to decide how much if any religiosity is part of the progr
  6. It appears what used to be our second or third largest chartering organization is on the verge of schism. The cause is less interesting to me than the potential impact on BSA. Although if any of you are UMC-ers with insight please share whatever you are comfortable sharing.
  7. As the resident Quaker Scout Chaplain, I note with chagrin the discussion occurring about our friends the LDSs self removal from the BSA fold. What are/were their official reasons? Unofficial reasons? Does it matter? What recognition, distinction, respect for such things is appropriate? My Quaker Meeting, here in Sandy Spring MD , dates back to at least 1753, making our congregation one of, if not the oldest congregation in our county. As Friends Meetings go, we are rather large and active. The Friends (European white settlers) came to our area before 1730, seeking new u
  8. Do any of y'all do any kind of marketing of your unit during Scout Sabbath activities? (Scout Sabbath / Scout Sunday is the weekend of February 7/8 in 2020 ) Seems to me like it would be a natural opportunity for a little outreach within the CO. Let folks see what their unit does and invite kids who aren't in the program to come on out and see what it's all about. I don't think any kind of intrusive effort would be appropriate, but maybe just have some flyers on a table near the front door....or a small contingent outside the church before or after services to greet parishioners a
  9. I've never been a scout campout where meals didn't begin with a pause to say grace. Some scouts use a standard form of grace followed by their family or church. Some scouts like to make up their own free-form grace, fitting their prayer to the place and moment. Some scouts use standard forms of grace they get from BSA camps. Here are the 5 most common BSA graces heard throughout scouting... Philmont Grace For food, for raiment For life, for opportunity For friendship and fellowship We thank thee, O Lord Sea Base Grace Bless the creatures of the sea. Bless this pe
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