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6 years ago  ::  Dec 08, 2007 - 5:49PM #1
Ancestral
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For those folks looking for a children's program which would be compatible with pantheism, I suggest you look into Earth Scouts. Earth Scouts group is an alternative co-ed scouting program which supports the Earth Charter and environmental awareness. It is easy to set up a group. (My wife set up an Earth Scouts group in our local area). Best of all there is no religious "stuff" that needs to be weeded out of the program as in some other programs. You can find more info at:

http://www.earthscouts.org

Earth Scouts also has an online discussion group:

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/EarthScoutsHome/

Earth Scouts is sponsored by Earth Charter USA. You can find out more about them here:

http://www.earthcharterus.org/
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6 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2007 - 2:24AM #2
Hamadryad
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Well there you go. I'll check it out.
Awe  it's my very first reply! sigh
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6 years ago  ::  Dec 17, 2007 - 6:18AM #3
Equinox2
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Ancestral and everyone-

    As a society, we really need people like Ancestral to step forward and put in the effort to make these scouting alternatives real.  There are hundreds of thousands of Boy Scouts, and without volunteers, all the alternatives will stay as a fraction of a percent of the nation.  There are plenty of alternatives in addition to Earth Scouts.  The important thing is that these alternatives can find volunteers and such.  My wife and I just got a campfire group going, and it's starting out with about the same number of kids.  We considered Earth Scouts, but decided on Campfire for a number of reasons, including the fact that we could get some local support.  One's local circumstances will favor one group over another.  Everyone can check out a whole discussion on this topic here:

http://www.iidb.org/vbb/showthread.php?t=220546

May the returning sun warm your face-

            Equinox
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6 years ago  ::  Dec 27, 2007 - 11:15PM #4
Ancestral
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I agree. Thanks for your input! Earth Scouts has been one of our inspirations to try to organize the California Pantheist Campout for 2008, and have activities for both children and adults (many pantheist organizations tend to be very adult in orientation - we need to do more family "outreach", for lack of a better term).

BTW, Equinox runs a wonderful discussion group on Yahoo as well which is also a community service to pantheists.

Dave
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