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17 September 2005 @ 11:05 pm
The Kids joins the Scouts...  
...or...something better IMHO!



My sis and b-i-l enroll the kids in the Spiral Scouts today and even became volunteers. The kids LOVED it and enjoyed singing about the elements, birds, beasts, etc. Sis said that everyone, adults and kids, was so nice and the atmosphere was wonderful. The kids are working on their first badge...one in Geology!

If you have any interest, here is the Spiral Scouts website...

http://www.spiralscouts.org/metadot/index.pl

Here is an article about the organization...

http://paganwiccan.about.com/library/weekly/aa111402spiralscouts.htm?iam=metaresults&terms=girl+stuff+boy+stuff


AND, behind a cut,is an article that my sis sent me...




Newsweb Media Coverage
WICCANS OFFER ALTERNATIVE TO BOY SCOUTS

By Michael L. Betsch
CNSNews.com Staff Writer
October 31, 2002
(CNSNews.com) - Frustrated by an unsuccessful campaign to achieve religious recognition from the Boy Scouts of America, a Seattle-based Wicca church has launched its own youth program, which is based on tolerance for different beliefs, including differences in sexual orientation.
Spiral Scouts founder Pete 'Pathfinder' Davis believes that many of the things the Boy Scouts are doing are "socially inappropriate." He said he created to the Spiral Scouts to "fill the void left by prejudicial treatment of other established children's programs."
Davis, who serves as the Archpriest of the Wiccan Aquarian Tabernacle Church, said his main argument with the BSA is that the group has refused to recognize Wicca as an acceptable form of
worship, but at the same time, the BSA incorporates the symbols of myriad Christian denominations into its Religious Emblems program.
He said the Scouts rejected a Wicca badge that was designed and submitted by a well-known Wiccan priestess. In 1999, Davis created the Spiral Scouts as the Aquarian Tabernacle Church's "answer" to the Boy Scouts and other youth organizations that subscribe only to "traditional" faiths. Today, the Spiral Scouts welcomes children of all ages (four and up) and backgrounds,
including Wiccans, pagans, atheists and homosexuals.
Davis said practicing Wicca is not a mandatory activity for the 50 Spiral Scout units currently operating across the U.S., Canada and Switzerland. Beyond fostering a respect for nature, it is up to each Spiral Scout unit leader to decide whether they will teach children the principles and philosophy of the Wiccan religion. The vast majority of the Spiral Scout units are operated by Wiccan groups and churches, he said.
"When we started to formalize the program, we designed it in a fashion that it's oriented towards earth religion, but so is Scouting, whether they realize it or not," Davis said. Unlike the "pervasive" use of Christianity contained within the BSA, the Spiral Scouts was created to accommodate the spiritual beliefs of any minority religious group, he said.
Spiral Scouts describes itself as a work in progress. It says it offers children the opportunity to develop interpersonal and life skills and a pagan world view, in addition to learning "the usual handicrafts of scouting and woodland lore."
Boy Scouts dismiss rejection According to BSA spokesman Gregg Shields, religious emblems are the property of approved religious scouting organizations and are awarded at their own discretion. For example, he said the National Catholic Council on Scouting and the National Jewish Committee on Scouting each have their own unique religious emblem.
"There is no national Wiccan organization," Shields said. "So, that's why there is no religious award for Wiccans." He encouraged any Wiccan group that would like to charter a troop in their community to submit an application to their local BSA council for consideration.
Focus on tolerance. According to the Spiral Scouts membership requirements, it is imperative that parents and leaders promote religious and cultural tolerance so their children may learn to co-exist with society as a whole. Specifically, the group encourages children to accept the "differing roles of male and female throughout nature and culture."
Contrary to the Boy Scout policy of excluding homosexuals - a policy upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court - the Spiral Scouts welcomes homosexuals within its ranks. Davis explained that the Wiccan religion accommodates homosexuals because its philosophy is focused on the "balance of polarities" of that exist in nature.
For example, Davis said the Spiral Scouts mandates that leaders of individual units should include both a male and a female. However, he said the rules are flexible because some adults, such as
homosexuals, "believe themselves to be embodying masculine or feminine characteristics."
Davis believes that such a male/female balance of leadership ensures a Spiral Scout's positive integration into the real world. "Children are not born with prejudices," he noted. "They have to learn prejudice and intolerance from others."
Defiance of 'extreme right' -- According to the group's handbook, "Spiral Scouts is something new, something perhaps of historic proportions for modern Paganism. It certainly will have an unmistakable impact on Pagan children growing up in this era of Christian extreme-right domination of our culture."
According to the Spiral Scouts' interpretation of the pagan philosophy, children participating in the program will learn to honor "both the maleness and femaleness we all harbor within us," as
the handbook put it. "Perhaps, if we are lucky, even a few parents who may need some brushing up on these same skills may reap benefits just from being there with the children while the kids learn these things."

 
 
 
chris_king_2005chris_king_2005 on September 18th, 2005 03:49 am (UTC)
I wanna be a kid again!
Now that looks like so much fun!

What a brilliant idea....
Mark: coyoteboywondermark on September 18th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Re: I wanna be a kid again!
It's great! The kids had such a good time...and they are not seperated by gender, race, religion or any other constricting label that society may want to place on them!
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Mark: PunkDuckyboywondermark on September 18th, 2005 04:52 am (UTC)
Love your icon, honey! :)

They love it and everyone is so sweet there sis says! My lil standoffish Gwyn was even singing and dancing and talking to the scout leader! :)
Jase: Love!slavetopassion on September 18th, 2005 06:40 pm (UTC)
oh my god! I love that icon!!!

~smooches~ love you!!
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A.M.ultimategirl on September 18th, 2005 12:55 pm (UTC)
What a wonderful concept! I hope Griff and Gwen really enjoy it!

It's actually rather nice that an alternative to Scouts is available.
Mark: Happy Hedgehogboywondermark on September 18th, 2005 06:36 pm (UTC)
I agree...and an alternative that is inclusive of all and biased towards none!
Jase: Roar!slavetopassion on September 18th, 2005 02:56 pm (UTC)
I want to be a spiral scout!! ~bounces up and down~
Mark: Leo gifboywondermark on September 18th, 2005 06:38 pm (UTC)
OMG! What a wonderful scout leader you would make! The kids would adore you!
Jase: Purple Ocelotslavetopassion on September 18th, 2005 06:41 pm (UTC)
you would be a better one!!

~slurps~
Mark: gay The big gameboywondermark on September 18th, 2005 06:45 pm (UTC)
Let's lead together!!! :)
Jase: Hippo- Ho-Yeah!slavetopassion on September 18th, 2005 06:54 pm (UTC)
I think we might be too busy if you know what I mean!!!
Mark: Fun with Sunshine!boywondermark on September 18th, 2005 09:36 pm (UTC)
LOL! My frisky boy! I love it!