Spiritual Development - Spirituality
What does Scouting means by spirituality?
Duty to god is defined as:
Adherence to spiritual principles, loyalty to the religion (a particular system of faith and worship) that expresses them and acceptance of the duties resulting therefrom. This does not use the word ‘God’. This includes non-monotheistic religions such as Hinduism and religions that do not recognise a personal God such as Buddhism. Scouting’s expression on duty to God is allowed to be broad. This is not to say Scouting is disrespectful or ignores those amongst the membership who hold to a faith expressed in the word God. In fact Scouting programs cater for members to practice their faith when they need to do so.
BP was asked where religion came into scouting. His reply was ‘it does not come in at all. It is already there. It is a fundamental factor underlying Scouting.
A careful analysis of BP’s writings shows that the concept of a force above man is basic to Scouting. Leaders are to educate by helping young people to transcend the material world and go in search of the spiritual values of life.
Everybody is provided with an innate knowledge of a superior being which we develop and may choose to ignore and disagree. In Scouting, through our programs the leader is to be a seeker and to lead young people to become seekers.
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