MT's Mom wrote:Hi All,
"Billy" is new to the troop. Billy lives with Grandpa. Mom & Dad are incarcerated. I have no doubt that Billy will be an Eagle, he is very excited and motivated about Scouting. He is just the kind of kid that will have his life changed by scouting.
I had heard that he was thinking about dropping out of scouts, Billy's G'pa is a Jehovah's Witness. Anyone have any thoughts as to how I can keep this great kiddo in Scouts and not cause grief for him at home/church?
I don't want do get into a huge discussion about doctrine etc. Maybe best to e-mail me rather than post on the forum?
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Mrw wrote:The way I see it, the boy can be in scouts and do his duty to God and his country and respectfully wait while the rest of the troop says the pledge - probably what he does every day in school already.
I would emphasize to the grandfather that a scout is reverent and that you do not want to put the boy in a place where he feels forced to go against what is taught at home, but that you enjoy having the boy in the troop and that you would love to be able to watch him grow into an outstanding young man both in scouting and in life outside of scouts.
FrankJ wrote:If the only issue was a religious reason for not saying the pledge of allegiance, I would find a way around that one.
I don't think that is the only issue with why the JW don't want their youth to be in the BSA or GSA.
But if it was....why would you subtract from the BSA requirements for him? What about others who didn't want to follow one of the points of the Scout Law e.g. Reverent?
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