I've just returned from spending my week of vacation from work instructing a lot of young Boy Scouts at a large camp in Washington State. It was great fun for everyone and filled with learning experiences. Among all the troops that attended from across the Northwest there were some from LDS churches (Latter Day Saints). One LDS troop visiting from Canada even had a man playing the Scottish bagpipes as he led their boys in a twice-daily march to our flag ceremony. All the rest of us were treated to this display throughout the week. It seems they came to an American Boy Scout camp because of our shooting ranges which they are denied due to Canadian gun restrictions.
What surprised me was to learn from a few BSA representatives that all Mormon churches rely heavily on the Boy Scout program to teach their boys the principles of life. This would not be so unusual except that many councils across America are now composed of a large number of LDS affiliated troops. These troops refuse to take part in any activities that support BSA programs like popcorn sales, etc. Some BSA council officials are getting very frustrated with these LDS troops for taking that position. Apparently its a teaching of Mormonism that now threatens the future of some Boy Scout programs across America and even in Canada.
What's your take on this? There were no Catholic affiliated Boy Scout troops at the camp I attended.
Peace be with you, Steve
Boy Scouts of America - Young people need to know to be good and to do good. Few will argue with the importance of teaching values and responsibility to our children - not only right from wrong, but specific, affirmative values such as fairness, courage, honor, and respect for others. Beginning with the Scout Oath and Scout Law, the Boy Scouts of America program is infused with character-building activities that allow youth to apply abstract principles to daily living situations.