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.
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.
Scouting is an effective way to help Catholic youths to do their duty to God and to their country. Scouting builds character and teaches devotion to God in an environment that provides wholesome fun under the guidance of strong adult role models. The scouting programs provide a wonderful channel to involve youth in the life of Catholic parishes.