The other day at the Kite Festival, I noticed that the local cub scouts were the ones selling snacks and the like. My two younger brothers were cub scouts, and I felt like a den big sister or den second mother. We hosted a few den meetings at our house, and I can still clearly recall the oath we would recent at the start of every meeting: "On my honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my country...."
This email comes from a mama who would love your insight:
My 7 year old son really wants to join Cub Scouts. We went to the initial orientation meeting, and even wrote a check for his membership, but I still can't shake that feeling that I just don't want to be a part of that particular organization. Though my husband was a scout for a short time, and my own brothers were scouts, we don't practice any religion and feel uncomfortable with the amount of "God-speak" involved in the scouts. We'd want to be a part of the den, but feel hypocritical pretending to lead a prayer. Though I was raised Catholic, I haven't wanted to be a part of organized religion since I was about twelve. I can't shake that paranoid feeling about sending my own son off to strangers that hold so many conservative beliefs! Isn't there an alternative scouting-type organization? A more liberal, more focused on camping and less soldier-like, less preachy alternative? Am I being uptight and ridiculous?