Religious reference letter for Eagle
Posted 01 October 2003 - 05:16 PM
Posted 01 October 2003 - 09:20 PM
Posted 11 October 2003 - 12:57 AM
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Posted 02 February 2017 - 01:05 AM
We are Unitarian Universalists and were VERY concerned with this particular expectation. My Life Scout had pretty much resigned to the fact that he'd not be able to complete his Eagle due to not attending a congregation routinely. We were overjoyed last March when the BSO & UUA signed the MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: (http://www.uua.org/r...m-understanding)
Due to the distance I mentioned, none of the current leadership at either of the churches we only occasionally attend have been able to interact with him as much as they'd like to in the last few years, which leaves me for writing that Religious recommendation. What can I expect? Should I include the memorandum? Or would that be too much? He has worked SO very hard on this and I want things to go smoothly for him.
Thank you for your time.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 02:31 AM
In our council, if a Scout does not belong to a religious organization, a Scout's parents can act as the religious reference stating how their son demonstrates a duty to God. As stated above, the ONLY reference that can be left blank is the employer reference if a scout is not employed. We are required to have a religious, an educational and 2 personal references.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 09:27 AM
My son did not have a "religious leader" nor was he attending any services at the time he was approaching and making Eagle, so I wrote his "religious reference" letter for him. I have also sat on about 15 Eagle BOR's and would say that in somewhere between 3 and 5 of these, the "religious letter" was written by a parent. It has never been an issue.
Eagle&CubMom, if you were a director of religious education, you are far better equipped than I was to write such a letter. I wouldn't overthink it. I can tell you that it makes it a lot easier if your son has a specific belief in a particular religion, which was not the case with my son. You can tie your son's religious beliefs to all of the good qualities that I am sure he has.
In my opinion, the history of the relationship between the UUA and BSA (which has been discussed in detail in this forum over the years) is beside the point. I would not include any memoranda of understanding or any other documentation. The issue is not what an organization believes or does, it is what your son believes and does and how the two relate to each other.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 10:57 AM
I was checking at our district office on the status of our current Eagle-to-be. Seems the only thing hanging up his BOR is that his religious reference letter hasn't yet come in. I then talked to the young man about it. Seems this was a church that he rarely (read holidays, maybe) attended in Texas quite a few years ago. He's not even sure this pastor is still at this church. His family does not attend church anywhere here in Alaska. I know that a scout swears to do "duty to God" and "to be reverent", but does he have to have a home church and be in regular enough attendance to be known by a spiritual leader? What do I do with a scout who is not attending church? Where do they get a religious reference? What should this young man do if no reference letter returns from this church in Texas? He says he went to a youth group a handful of times on a military base but doesn't even know the youth leader's name to use him for a reference. What do I do to assist this young man? Or is this simply between the young man and the district office at this point? Charity Advancement Chair(This message has been edited by CharityAK)
I believe the application says that the parents can do the religious letter. Also, there is no requirement that any reference letters be returned to the Council before an EBOR. The requirement is that the Scout provides the names and their contact information, not that the references have to actually be done.
From the Guide to Advancement:
188.8.131.52 References Contacted
Council advancement committee members—or others designated—have the responsibility to secure recommendations from the references appearing under requirement 2 on the Eagle Scout Rank Application. This may be done by letter, form, or phone call. For reasons of privacy and confidentiality, electronic submissions are discouraged. It is acceptable to send or deliver to the references an addressed envelope with instructions, and perhaps a form to complete. The Scout may assist with this, but that is the limit of his participation. He is not to be responsible for follow-through or any other aspect of the process.
It is up to the council’s designated representatives to collect the responses. If after a reasonably diligent effort no response can be obtained from any references, the board of review must go on without them. It must not be postponed or denied for this reason, and the Scout shall not be asked to submit additional references or to provide replacements.
Completed reference responses of any kind are the property of the council and are confidential, and only review-board members and those officials with a specific need may see them. The responses are not to be viewed by or returned to the Scout. Doing so could discourage the submission of negative information. For the same reason, those providing references do not have the option of giving the reference directly to the Scout and shall not be given the option of waiving confidentiality. Once a review has been held, or an appeal process conducted, responses shall be returned to the council, where they will be destroyed after the Eagle Scout credentials are released or the appeal is concluded.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 10:58 AM
Being a member of a church isn't a requirement. He needs a letter of reference from a religious leader. He could set up an appointment with a pastor in a local church to discuss this. After they talk this pastor might be willing to write a letter of recommendation. Ed Mori Scoutmaster Troop 1 1 Peter 4:10
The Scout's parents are allowed to write the religious reference. Per the Guide to Advancement:
References: Must list all six (five if not employed). If not affiliated with an organized religion, then the parent or guardian provides this reference.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 12:39 PM
Seems the only thing hanging up his BOR is that his religious reference letter hasn't yet come in.
Good advice so far in this thread. Use someone else. Write your own statement of spiritual beliefs. Or have the parents write it. Avoid the hot button words.
Beyond that though, applications should not be held up because one or two of the reference letters did not come in. The requirement is to provide names, etc. The letters are really appreciated, but they are not required.
Edited by fred johnson, 03 February 2017 - 12:42 PM.
Posted 03 February 2017 - 04:53 PM
I just want to point out that until yesterday, ALL of the posts in this thread were from 2003, as in 13 years ago. There is no problem with reopening an old thread, although some people prefer not to participate in such threads. The main reason I bring this up is that now that the thread is reopened and has jumped to near the top of the list again, some people are responding to threads from 2003. Again, that is fine, but you should probably not expect a response. CharityAK has not participated in the forum since 2003, approximately one month after this thread was last active. Evmori, one of the most prolific posters in the history of this forum, stopped participating on a regular basis in 2008, though he did pop back in for one post in 2014 and another in 2015. Some of the other names I see in the first 1.5 pages of the thread are also "blasts from the past."
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