A Scout is reverent. A Scout is reverent toward God. A Scout is faithful in his or her religious beliefs and respects the beliefs of others. The Scout Oath begins with duty to God, and the Scout Law ends with reverence It’s the twelfth point of the Scout Law, but it cannot be relegated to an afterthought. In a society that is polarized, faith practices that encourage healthy relationships and dialogue provide a path to heal what divides us. Reverence is integral to good character and citizenship!
As the BSA’s Declaration of Religious Principle states, “The Boy Scouts of America maintains that no member can grow into the best kind of citizen without recognizing an obligation to God and, therefore, recognizes the religious element in the training of the member, but it is absolutely nonsectarian in its attitude toward that religious training. Its policy is that the home and organization or group with which the member is connected shall give definite attention to religious life.”
To that end, the Susquehanna Council has formed a Religious Relations Committee to provide a renewed emphasis on reverence and to assist local leaders in either renewing or developing relationships with religious organizations. One way to start is to introduce or re-introduce the P.R.A.Y. religious emblem program. Information on that program is attached. Faith walks in Williamsport and Sunbury are also being planned for 2020. More information will be available to you soon.
We hope you will join us in this endeavor.
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