The part played by religion in Scouting

21 December 2012


From Mr Rob Marsh
Sir, - It was interesting to read the letter from Ron Jefferies (Letters, 14 December). I regret to say that the attitude in Scouting is nothing new. I look back to the mid-1980s, when I ran a Scout troop and was "told off" by my District Commissioner for encouraging the young people to visit with me the churches around us.

As currently a Group Scout Leader, I am also disappointed by the lack of prayers at the end of section meetings. I have also been told that our County Commissioner has for the past three years not wanted to renew the warrant of our County Chaplain.

I have also experienced the other side of faith in Scouting, when, during 2011, I was part of the chaplaincy team at an international Scout and Guide camp. To have regularly more than a dozen young people joining us for morning prayer and compline; and to have many more visiting through the day, and being open in sharing their worries and joys - this was true chaplaincy and true joy.

I do feel that the promise to do our duty to God is important, but I there needs to be a balance, as Scouting teaches young people some extremely important core values. Should we be turning them away?

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Leicester LE3 6PX

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