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zaj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:11 PM
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Is there a secular alternative to Boy Scouts?
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SteppingRazor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:20 PM
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1. Yeah. The Boy Scouts...
Religious participation varies from troop to troop. Generally, if the troop is sponsored by and meets at a secular location, the troop will be secular. I was an Eagle Scout, and got through all those years of Boy Scouts without once ever having to pray to anything
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:22 PM
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2. Same here.
Just look at the troops activity calendar. That should give you a view of how many religious activities they do.
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A Brand New World Donating Member (803 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 03:26 PM
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11. I agree with your statement. My son was an Eagle Scout and
was involved in Boy Scouts since a Tiger Cub. Even though the troop was sponsored by the Presbyterian Church there was very little religious involvement. So it all depends on the church/sponsor and the troop.
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Dervill Crow Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:22 PM
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3. Are they all "christian"?
Edited on Wed May-10-06 02:27 PM by Blue in Portland
Edited because I'm at work and got interrupted by work and posted prematurely.

My son started out in Cub Scouts and I don't recall anything remotely churchy involved.

There is a group called Spiral Scouts for pagan kids, but that's pagan, not secular. Different things altogether.
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FSogol Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:31 PM
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4. No, they require a belief in a Supreme Being, but are open to all faiths.
No requirements to be Christian.
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TallahasseeGrannie Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:43 PM
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8. Seriously?
Atheists need not apply?

What a bunch of jerks.
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Salviati Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:31 PM
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5. Camp Fire USA
http://www.campfire.org /



WHAT IS CAMP FIRE USA?

Camp Fire USA is one of the nations leading youth development organizations. Founded in 1910, the organization serves both boys and girls in hundreds of communities across America.

Many of our nearly 750,000 members participate in traditional club activities while hundreds and thousands of others are served by our camping and in-school programs. Our mission is Camp Fire USA builds caring, confident youth and future leaders.




WHO CAN JOIN?

In Camp Fire USA, everyone is welcome, regardless of race, gender, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or other aspect of diversity.

We are inclusive and open to every person in each community we serve. We work to realize the dignity and worth of each individual and to eliminate human barriers based on all assumptions that prejudge individuals. In addition, our program standards are designed and implemented to reduce sex-role, racial and cultural stereotypes and to foster positive intercultural relationships.


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havocmom Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:33 PM
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6. Boys' & Girls' Club?
I'm so old it was just Boys' Club of America when I was a kid. But I believe it is open to both genders now. If your community doesn't have one, might be worthwhile to see how to go about getting one started.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters is also a good group.

Many communities have local groups that teach the sorts of things scouting does, without the religious baggage. Call your local Parks & Rec department. Might also look into after school groups for age specific groups that could use some support and/or leaders/mentors.

Many groups appreciate volunteers who will work with kids for a specific, limited period of time, to teach a particular activity/skill/science or just talk to the kids one time about their occupation or hobbies. Kids need inspiration and we ALL have something to offer.

If your community has a community college, see what can be arranged to get kids in to use the rec facilities now and then, as a supervised group. If there are colleges teaching education or recreation, look into those departments as a resource for both ideas and people who would benefit the kids, and benefit from working with the kids.

Some high schools used to open the gym in evenings for volley ball or basket ball. Look into it locally. IF they don't and it could be arranged, look into organizing people to supervise one night a week for kids to come in and use the floor.

And many churches will allow use of their facilities for non-secular community programs. Look into the possibilities there too.

If there is no non-secular alternative to Boy Scouts in your area, well, there's a niche you can help to fill.

Hillary was correct, way back then... It DOES take a village.

Good luck. Let us know what you find in your area. It might just inspire others to get out and mix it up with the kids more too. ;)

hm
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tocqueville Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:41 PM
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7. if not, start it nt
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benburch Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:47 PM
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9. Not really.
And we need to create one.
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davidinalameda Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-10-06 02:49 PM
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10. Scouting for All
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