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    are given every possible "break" at the Eagle Board of Review.  Questions are often phrased like "Tell me how you live up to 'A Scout is reverent'".  A wide range of answers are acceptable.

    Two occasions come to mind.  Normally, a Scoutmaster introduces the Scout to the Board of Review, and then leaves.  As an assistant Scoutmaster, I was asked to introduce "A", and stay, if needed, to answer questions. "A's" parents had been burned badly by their church, and never brought "A" or his sister to church. "A" was not an atheist (in the sense of "There can be no god") but he didn't have any particularly strong religious convictions.  He and I had discussed faith on several occasions, so I was there to help if needed.  "A" impressed the Board of Review with his charachter and etics, and no question was ever raised.

    On another occasion, when I served as committee chair, I was a member of an Eagle Board of Review. Scout "B" was asked how he lived up to reverent, and he replied that he had a hard time believing what his church believed, and rarely attended.  The representative of the District (who didn't know "B" or his family) got visibly upset.  I knew that "B"'s family attended a very rich, self-satisfied church.  I asked if he was referring to God or his parish.  He replied that he had no problem with the revealed faith, but he couldn't understand how his parish actually lived that faith.  Problem solved, and his answer made "B" appear to be a serious, thoughtful Scout.

    So in answer to your question, Boundegar, if your son is a militant "There is no god" atheist, he will have a hard time passing an Eagle Board of Review.  If he is struggling to figure out what he believes, he'll be given every consideration.

    The Scout Law (trustworthy, loyal, helpful...) is a GREAT liberal manifesto.

    by DaytonMike on Mon Jul 23, 2012 at 03:05:45 AM PDT

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