Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Presiding Bishop's comments to BSA National Annual Meeting

Here is a transcript of the keynote address delivered by Presiding Bishop Gary E. Stevenson at last week's BSA National Annual Meeting.  Regardless of our feelings (one way or the other) on the outcome of last week's membership policy vote, Bishop Stevenson's remarks on what "Duty to God" means in the context of Scouting bear thoughtful consideration.  Here is an excerpt:
"Some may not see the sacred gatekeeping role scouting plays. They may see only fundraising and not a foundation. Others may brand scouting activities as merely outdoor recreation, but it can and must be shown that BSA is not a camping club; it is a character university centered on duty to God. I quote again from Robert Baden-Powell: 'The whole of [scouting] is based on religion, that is, on the realization and service of God.'" (emphasis added)
A strong Scouting program (from ages 8-18) will result in more missionaries who are physically strong, mentally awake, and morally straight, in more ways than we can see from our current vantage point.

Prepared. | For Life.™

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