Teaching Youth About Other Religious Faiths

I grew up in Scouting in an LDS troop, and I attended their church most of the time. I, myself, was not a member of their faith when I joined the troop. However, I did have...

BSA Responds to LDS Church Shift From Varsity and Venturing Programs

The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) deeply appreciates our relationship with the LDS Church, one that began in the earliest years of the Scouting movement when the LDS Church became the first partner to...

Duty to God and You

RATIONALE FOR ADVENTURE A Scout is reverent. He is reverent toward God. He is faithful in his religious duties and respects the convictions of others in matters of custom and religion. The BSA Statement of...

Cubs Must Learn to Walk with God

It’s almost hard to remember our lives back when we were Cubs (or a young girl, in my case)—our priorities, our views, our hopes. We were different, weren’t we? Somehow we had the energy to...

Joseph of Arimathaea, Sacrificing His Tomb For Jesus

He lived hundreds of years ago. We know little about his life, his successes, his trials. From Matthew, we learn that he was good and just. From Luke, we learn that he was wealthy. And, from...

Why Scouting Units are Church-Owned and Operated

My hubby and I both work for non-profit youth oriented organizations. I'm a writer for the Scouts. He implements STEM programs through 4-H.  My husband's job is great.  Like Scouting, 4-H is a nice organization for...

Who (or What) is God in Scouting?

To become a Boy Scout, a boy must register. The following statement, from the Declaration of Religious Principle, is made within the required registration paperwork: “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can...

Scouting in the Islamic Community

Scouting can take an important role in the Islamic community. Cub Scout packs, Boy Scout troops, and Venturing crews operated by Islamic organizations can be found in major cities throughout the United States. The National Islamic...

The Wrong Definition of Reverence to God

The young child sat fiddling with his red car, making obnoxious beeping noises as someone preached from the church pulpit. "Shh, be reverent," said his mom. She asked for reverence. But, what did she really want? Most likely,...

Bringing Youth to Christ Through a Scouting Ministry

"I think the Gospel is a very powerful, yet a very simple message. It is a message of love, respect, and responsibility. Scouting is all of that." —Pastor Peter Paine, Waukegan, Illinois "It (the God and...

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