RELIGIOUS GUIDELINES

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  • Every invested member of the South African Scout Association shall be encouraged: to make every effort to progress – in keeping with age and experience – in understanding of the Promise: “To do my duty to God”; to belong to some religious body; to carry into daily practice what he or she professes.
  • Every adult member of the South African Scout Association must realise the importance of the effect on young people of personal example in the implementation of the above rule.
  • If at any time a Rover does not belong to a religious body, the Rover Scout Leader must endeavour to put him or her in touch with one. This should, if possible, be the body to which the Rover’s parents belong, or into which the Rover may have been baptised, or otherwise introduced.
  • When a Crew is composed of members of one particular form of religion, it is the duty of the Rover Scout Leader to arrange such religious observances and instruction as he or she, in consultation with the religious authority, may consider best.
  • Where a Crew is composed of members of different religions, it is the duty of the Rover Scout Leader to encourage and assist Rovers to attend services of their own form of religion. Any form of prayer or worship used at meetings or in camp should be interdenominational; attendance being voluntary and it being understood that those absenting themselves will spend the time in worship according to their own beliefs.
  • When the Crew is engaged in weekend activities every endeavour should be made to arrange for Rovers to attend their own form of worship before, during, or after the activities.
  • Where it is not permissible under a rule of religion for any Rover to attend religious observances other than those of his or her own form of religion, the Rover Scout Leader must see that this Rule is strictly observed while the Rover is under his or her control.
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