Archdiocese View on Scouting

I have researched the prudence of Catholic parishes supporting Boy and Girl Scout troops for nearly 10 years.  Parishes support Catholic formation opportunities for children, and when young people come to the Church to ask a question, they should get a solid Catholic formation.  Secular schools and organization operate from a secular world view that is driven by opinion polls, fashion and trends.  We as Catholics, seek to  see the world through Christ's eyes by praying, reading scripture, and leaning on our 2000 year old tradition that is built on faith and reason.

Logic and Reason, along with faith, tells us that children are precious.  Taking an innocent human life is against our humanity, and we do not support it.  Catholics do not stop secular entities from espousing their ideologies in the public domain, but should we give them our children and the keys to our buildings?  Great trust is bestowed on any institution that the Catholic church supports in forming our children. The Baptismal vows that we take as the parents of our children, that are renewed by each of us every Easter, should be remind us of our duty to form our children and should be reviewed in light of this discussion.  From the baptismal rite:  

You have become a new creation,
and have clothed yourself in Christ. 

See in this white garment the outward sign of your Christian dignity. 
With your family and friends to help you by word and example, 
bring that dignity unstained 
into the everlasting life of heaven.

and 

Parents and godparents, 
this light is entrusted to you to be kept burning brightly. 
This child of yours has been enlightened by Christ. 
He (she) is to walk always as a child of the light. 
May he (she) keep the flame of faith alive in his (her) heart. 
When the Lord comes, may he (she) go out to meet him 
with all the saints in the heavenly kingdom.

the complete text is at http://www.ibreviary.com/m/preghiere.php?tipo=Rito&id=103#reception

 

All parish organizations need the approval of the pastor and all of those working with children must be Virtus trained and have completed all associated forms. Your parish Virtus Coordinator can walk you through that process.  

Please review these sites as you make an informed opinion and choices for your family:

Scouting Options:

 

 

American Heritage Girls-Christian and started in 1995:

http://www.ahgonline.org/pages/page.asp?page_id=19406

 

 

 

 

Boy Scouts--Open to all faiths:

http://www.scouting.org

http://www.nccs-bsa.org

hhttp://www.nccs-bsa.org/comment/Response-EPM-130529-v2.pdf

 

 


Federation of North-American Explorers--Catholic:

http://www.northstarexplorers.org/

http://www.fneexplorers.com/


Scouts of St. George--Catholic and started in 2013:

http://scoutsofsaintgeorge.com

Trial Life USA--Christian and started in 2013:

http://www.traillifeusa.com/2013/09/12/new-organization-offers-alternative-boy-scouts/


Conquest-Not Scouting-Catholic Boy Group--Operated by  Regnum Christi

http://www.conquestclubs.com

 

Federation of North-American Explorers--Catholic:

 

http://www.northstarexplorers.org/

http://www.fneexplorers.com/

 

Girl Scouts and international partner W.A.G.G.G.S.

http://www.girlscouts.org

http://www.wagggs.org/en/home

http://www.wagggs.org/en/about/WAGGGSpartnerships

http://www.wagggs.org/en/take_action


Sites outlining Catholic and Christian concerns about Girls Scouts and WAGGGS

http://mygirlscoutcouncil.com/uploads/3/2/6/7/3267198/gsksmo_final_mgsc_new_72913.pdf

http://missourilife.org/policies/girlscouts.html

http://speaknowgirlscouts.com

http://speaknowgirlscouts.com/index.php?p=1_29_EWTN

http://www.girlscoutswhynot.com

http://www.100questionsforthegirlscouts.org/100/

 

 

Challenge-Not Scouting-Catholic Girls Group--Operated by Regnum Christi

 

http://www.challengeclubs.com


Little Flowers-Not Scouting--Catholic mother/daughter org.

http://www.eccehomopress.com/LFGC_Members.htm



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